Thank you to all who attended the June 23 Crescenta Valley Community Association meeting. The Wireless Telecommunication Facility, specifically a cellphone tower proposed for Dunsmore Park, was rejected by the Glendale Planning Commission during its June 15 meeting. Nearby resident and CVCA member Mary-Lynne Fisher is following up with city employees to get better notification in the future for proposals of this type. Currently notification is given to property owners within 500 feet of a proposed WTF site and it is measured from the edge of the property. There is allowance for greater outreach for controversial projects and we hope the city will consider all future WTF applications as such.
Glendale currently also sends out planning notices to homeowners and neighborhood association officers and others who ask to be on the mailing list, but it’s all or nothing. Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council President Grant Michals, who is also on the CVCA Steering Committee, is working with the city to allow selection by zip code so you will be able to receive notices of projects only in the parts of the city that concern you. Simply including the zip code on all documents would save me some time looking up addresses to see if they’re in the Crescenta Valley.
In the meantime anyone can keep track of development projects in Glendale by monitoring the city’s website. The Community Development department maintains information on current projects, including the case planner to contact for questions: http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/community-development/planning-division/current-projects.
CVCA is very happy that during the June 14 meeting the Glendale City Council approved the FY 2016-17 budget with the funding to complete the Welcome/Nature Center and related improvements in Deukmejian Wilderness Park. More information was presented as part of the Capital Improvement Project update at the June 20 meeting of the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission, www.ci.glendale.ca.us/government/packets/ParksComm_062016/6G4.pdf.
The Glendale Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Honolulu Village 28-unit condominium project at 2612 Honolulu Ave., the former Mix property, at its July 20, 5 p.m. meeting. It intends to adopt a Negative Declaration environmental document for the development. The proposed ND is available on the city’s website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/community-development/planning-division/current-projects/environmental-review. Comments on the ND must be received by July 19 and can be directed to the case planner Kristen Asp, (818) 937-8161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also attend the meeting and express your opinion in person whether you live in Glendale or not. Individuals are given one to three minutes to speak, depending on how many speaker cards are turned in. If you plan to speak and haven’t done it before, you can prepare by watching prior meetings on streaming video on the city’s website, http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/management-services/gtv6/watch-city-meetings.
We appreciated hearing from another developer interested in the Rockhaven property. A group with representatives from Avalon Investment Co, Levin & Associates Architects, and Mia Lehrer & Associates Landscape Architects came to discuss the site. They shared information on past adaptive reuse projects in historic properties. Proposals are now due to the city by July 28. It will be interesting to see what is proposed but the community is still hoping for a public historic park.
There was a lively discussion about the Glendale Entry Marker Signs but no consensus was developed. CVCA will continue to work with the city and those who oppose noting the Glendale borders on Foothill Boulevard in the hopes of achieving a compromise.
The next Crescenta Valley Community Association meeting will be July 28 starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. Park in the upper lot accessed from La Crescenta Avenue. We will have updates on these and other local issues. Our meetings are free and open to the public.