Dear friends and neighbors,
We cannot tell you how floored we are by your response. Our best case scenario was to get 100 people to write to City Planning asking for a full, comprehensive EIR and for an alternate study to envision Walnut Canyon as park land.
You went above and beyond – 126 people sent emails and letters! That is a phenomenal response. We also received a letter from our friends at the Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance supporting us. And, we have been told that the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations (45 neighborhood organizations with a membership of 200,000 people) is also sending a letter supporting our cause.
Our attorney has taken all of your letters and bundled them with an incredibly powerful cover letter, citing case law and citing land use laws which bolster our position. It is an incredible document.
While the City does not have to respond to our comments, but they do take what we have said into consideration in preparing a draft EIR, which usually takes a few months, or it could be longer on controversial projects, like this. Once that Draft EIR is released, then there will be another 30 day comment period, which the City is required to respond to all comments at that time…and then we get into the Final EIR.
So as you can tell, we still have a ways to go. Hopefully, the developer will see we are serious about fighting them every step of the way and they will realize that rather than have to go through such a painful process, it would be wiser to sell the land as park space.
We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and call upon your help and support in many ways.
Thank you again for turning out in force – you have not let us down and we will do our best to be your champion.
Any questions, please contact us at: NELAGreenspace@gmail.com
For those looking for the recent reports that have been sent out in conjunction with the proposed development in Walnut Canyon, here they are.
Notice of Preparation for EIR (Environmental Impact Report):
Initial Study Plan Document:
There’s a number of things happening in the near future we wanted to inform you about.
1. Recently, many neighbors received a notice in the mail for an impending Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Walnut Canyon. Obviously, this is a concern as it means developers are still moving ahead. Adam and Susan Olson Davis are holding a neighborhood meeting tomorrow (Sunday 11/08/15) from 4pm to 6pm at their house to discuss what this means and steps we can take. Drinks and snacks will be available. NELA GreenSpace members will be their as well, so feel free to stop by. The address is 2447 Sundown Drive. If you have any issues or questions, Adam and Suzan can be reached HERE.
2. On top of this, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been sent out, which is different from an EIR. Basically this notice gives the community a chance to express all of our concerns when it comes to development in our neighborhood and canyons. However, these letters of concern have to be delivered by November 23rd. It’s EXTREMELY important that you come to the hike event on the 14th of November to find out what all of these recent events mean, and what actions we need to take. Even if you cannot actually hike the canyons earlier in the day, please meet us at the flat lots at the top of El Rosa Canyon at 4:00pm to get updates and find out what we can do.
3. For the November 14th hike event, we are looking for volunteers to help man tables, help supply information at the Crestmore Steps, direct traffic, etc, so if anyone is interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s clear that things are moving forward fairly quickly, so it’s very important that we band together as a community and do everything we can to help keep our neighborhood beautiful. Look out for further posts/emails about these issues in the coming days/weeks, and hope to see you at the November 14th hike event!
NELA GreenSpace’s 1st Anniversary hike and birthday celebration is Saturday, November 14th. The festivities start at the Crestmoore Steps, followed by self-guided hikes of all four canyons and conclude with a celebration on the flat lots at the top of El Rosa Canyon.
Please join us; get the latest updates on what’s happening in our canyons; meet your neighbors; learn how we are responding to the Draft EIR from the potential 32 home developer in Walnut Canyon.
…and birthday cake!
If you have questions or need more information, contact us at NELAGreenSpace@gmail.com