View of the area on Big Tujunga Canyon, east of the Little League fields, currently zoned for 22 homes. The developer is seeking a zone change that would allow for 242 homes.
It’s a new year, and as your STNC Region One representative for Sunland I wanted to bring you up to date on several news items that are of interest to our region. Region 1 covers the north side of Sunland between the 210 Freeway and Mt. Gleason Avenue. I share Region One with STNC Rep. Jorge Martinez, and together with the other boardmembers of the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, we are trying to make our community healthier and stronger.
There is growing concern about a new development proposed for 242 single-family homes along Big Tujunga Canyon in Tujunga. The development is called Canyon Park Homes and would be built on 78 acres at 12400 N. Big Tujunga Canyon Road, between the Little League field and Louis Roth Detention Center.
The owner of the property, Ben Salisbury, has applied for a zoning change (from A1 zoning to RE9 zoning) because the current A1 zoning would only allow him to build 22 homes in this scenic corridor. Since his development is for 242 homes, he would need the zoning change to go forward with this project.
Many residents have expressed opposition to a development of this size, as it would add considerable traffic to Big Tujunga Canyon, Mt. Gleason Avenue and Oro Vista Avenue. Since Big Tujunga Canyon is only a two-lane road, leading into the Angeles National Forest, many wonder whether the current infrastructure could support a major housing development.
There are also concerns about the impact that Canyon Park Homes would have on local schools, water (which we already have restrictions on), the scenic view and aesthetics of our area, and the watershed that provides water to the City of L.A.
If you have concerns about this proposed development, you can attend the Scoping Meeting scheduled for Jan. 15, at 6 p.m., at North Valley City Hall, 7747 Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga. That meeting will allow the public to submit comments that the developer will have to address in his Draft Environmental Impact Report.
You can also submit a statement in writing to Nick Hendricks, City Planner, Major Projects Section, 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, #351, Van Nuys, CA 91401.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All statements should reference “Canyon Pak Homes” and need to be received at that office by Feb. 6, 2015.
For more information and updates on this and other land use issues visit the Projects Page on the STNC.org website. There is also a community group independent of the STNC called Save Big Tujunga Canyon. Their email: email@example.com. There is also a Facebook page called “Save Big Tujunga Canyon” that you can join. If you are not using email, you can call Liliana Sanchez at: 818- 309-0423 for more information.
A tunnel through our area?
Stay involved with the high-speed rail issue. The California High Speed Rail Authority has held several ‘Open House’ events to share their proposal to tunnel through either Kagel Canyon or Shadow Hills. This is a major proposal that would have significant impacts including the loss of our equestrian neighbors and their homes. For more information and to stay involved, I recommend you email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the community noticing list and attend any local meetings on this issue. For more this issue, please visit: www.STNC.org.
New Oro Vista Park
As many people know, we are going to have a new park down at the end of Oro Vista by Big Tujunga Canyon in early spring, 2015. Wesly Hernandez, area director for Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, recently told me that the contractor has completed demolition, trenching for irrigation and preliminary grading at the future Oro Vista Park. When completed, it will be a passive park with native plants, benches for sitting and enjoying the view, and decomposed granite pathways to take walks. There will be more information coming to you as the project nears completion.
Region 1 Clean Up on Jan. 17
Speaking of Oro Vista Park, there will be a community clean up for Region 1 by Oro Vista Park on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. We need all the help we can get so please show up at 9 a.m. at the corner of Grove Street and Oro Vista Avenue, in Sunland. Councilmember Fuentes and STNC’s Clean Up and Beautification Committee, chaired by STNC board member Gail Carlson, will be on hand to support our clean up project. Special thanks also to Fresh and Easy market for refreshments. There will be garbage bags to fill up to make our Region 1 area more beautiful. Please come out to support this event. Please bring your own rake and work gloves. Community Volunteer credits are available for teens. Together, we can make a difference!
Our next Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee meeting will be held Jan. 5, at 7 p.m., and the monthly board meeting will be held Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m., both at North Valley City Hall (entrance is on the back side of the building). I look forward to meeting you and hope you will take an active role on any issues in our community that are of concern to you.