Land Use Main Topic of CVTC Meeting


The Crescenta Valley Town Council meeting on Nov. 21 was the last time President Cheryl Davis would be at the helm.

After four years, Davis gaveled her last adjournment; the next meeting on Dec. 19 will seat the newly elected councilmembers and a new president will be voted in. Due to work and her daughter Katie who is heading into her senior year of high school, Davis decided not to run for a third term as president.

CVTC honored Super King Markets for its philanthropic work for local communities and for its support of the council’s annual prayer breakfast.

“Super King graciously donated most of the food for [the prayer breakfast],” said Councilmember Harry Leon.

Daniel Barth, Super King’s general manager, accepted the recognition on behalf of the store. Super King Markets is a family-owned business that opened in Anaheim in 1993.

Deputy Jorge Valdivia announced the beginning of the collection of toys and food for the CV Sheriff’s annual drive. Each year, the CV Sheriff’s volunteers work with deputies and local businesses to gather toys and food for local families in need. The familiar drop off receptacles will be placed at grocery stores in La Crescenta and La Cañada and at the CV Sheriff’s Station at 4554 Briggs Ave. Items that are needed include toys, especially for older kids, canned goods and hygiene products.

Most of the meeting, though, dealt with a Land Use Committee issue. Homeowner Razmik Tahmasian had come to the committee and the CVTC to discuss a proposal that would have required a special modification for his property.

“He has an R2 lot that allowed for two units but he wanted to split the lot to make two R2 lots,” Davis explained.

At present, there are two units on the lot. If his permit were granted, there would be a possibility of having two units per lot on two lots for a total of four.

Tahmasian repeatedly told CVTC that his intent was not to make four units but to split the property for each of his kids.

Neighbors in the area had voiced their concern about the possibility of a larger property being built. Their concerns included parking for the units.

Although the residents and council were in agreement that Tahmasian was a good neighbor and believed that he did not intend to build four units, the majority of the council voted against the proposed changes.

Councilmember Robbyn Battles said she was not as concerned about his plans or for the future plans as she was the actual requirement for the size of the lot.

“A person came to [the Land Use Committee] before and wanted to put three houses on the lots. All would have a common driveway,” she said. In that case, the Land Use Committee and the CVTC voted against that proposal because it would require a modification. The Tahmasians would have a shared driveway and the width did not meet the requirements.

If the permit were approved, Davis said, it would set a precedent for other projects.