NEWS FROM the CVTC » Robbyn Battles

Some things you may not know about the Crescenta Valley Town Council. Did you know the CVTC has a Land Use Committee? An even better question, do you know what they do? Did you know the CVTC is working with the County to have the signage code enforced so the illegal signage and banners along Foothill and the unincorporated areas are removed? Did you know that the CVTC represents the voice of the community and reports directly to L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich? So what does all of the above actually mean?

Let’s start with the Land Use Committee. Over the past few years there have been significant changes to its structure. In the past only CVTC councilmembers could serve and now the majority is made up of community members. Each member brings a certain knowledge to the table from County code, architecture, planning, enforcement and many other areas of building and planning expertise. Land Use has always listened to issues regarding conditional use permit requests for commercial and multi-family properties. In addition, they are now tackling corrections and re-writes to the Foothill and multi-family community standards district document, known as the CSD. The CSD is an additional layer of code requirements for La Crescenta/Montrose unincorporated area. Many items in the CSD are specific to building and remolding in a commercial or R3 zone. Signage requirements/restrictions are also contained in the CSD. Land Use meets the second Thursday of every month at the La Crescenta Library community room at 6:30 p.m.

A brief update on signage enforcement. Did you know all of those banners on the hedges, buildings and fences as well as the sidewalk signs and flashing lights located in business windows along Foothill Boulevard are illegal? After a mounting number of complaints, the CVTC has requested the help of the County to bring some education and, if necessary, some stern enforcement to Foothill. Many residents say it has simply gotten out of hand and the appearance of Foothill is diminished by all of the banners and what not. A letter from the County explaining what is and is not allowed will be going to building owners and businesses this month.

So what does it actually mean when we say CVTC reports directly to the supervisor? Here is an example: for years many in our community have requested medians on Foothill. At our April meeting a motion will be made to send a letter requesting medians on Foothill. Items we have had a voice in over the past years include the building of the La Crescenta Library, completing the Crescenta Commons, promoting the creation of the dog park and getting a crossing guard at Rosemont Middle School. These are just a few of the many requests the council has been involved with. The CVTC works on many different issues in our community. We work closely with GUSD as well as all of our other County services and community organizations.

Come learn about what the CVTC does and join our next meeting on April 16 at the La Crescenta Library community room. On the agenda is a presentation regarding the 710 draft EIR. METRO as well as Ara Najarian and Anthony Portantino will be presenting. In addition, LA RIC’s will be presenting information about the possible installation of a new communication tower at the Briggs sheriff’s station. Bikes for Orphans will also give a brief presentation. A Land Use recommendation will be presented regarding a permit for the location of the school Options for Youth. Meetings start at 7 p.m. Public comments and Council committee reports are a standard part of our agenda. One last item: On May 2 from 8 a.m. to noon the CVTC will host an Earth Day event in the Rosemont Middle School parking lot. A bin of free mulch will be available to the public as well as a drop site for e-waste. Several species of 15 gallon trees will be available for $10 per tree. More details can be found at our CV Town Council website


Robbyn Battles


CV Town Council