Las Lomas again center of debate

first_img“We are aware that your Neighborhood Council has received a lengthy `white paper’ and a letter from Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith which describes a mythical project that has little resemblance to the real Las Lomas plan, and yet urges your Neighborhood Council’s immediate opposition to his imaginary project – before you have even had an opportunity to independently study the real Las Lomas,” Palmer wrote. “The City Charter empowers you to advise the City Council – not the other way around.” Palmer goes on to say that he intends to formally present the Las Lomas plans to neighborhood councils within two months. Proposed more than five years ago and then stalled amid political opposition, Las Lomas is again a hot issue in City Hall. The site is just outside the city boundaries in county jurisdiction, where zoning limits the project to 200 homes. But Palmer wants to annex into L.A. to have access to the city’s water supply and to allow a denser project. Originally envisioned as a Mediterranean-style hilltop community of 5,800 homes and businesses, in the past two years Palmer’s team has recast the plan as an energy-efficient, environmentally stable, mixed-income community with up to 5,500 town homes and condominiums, a hotel, a school and a commercial center. This year, Palmer offered to pay the city for the staff time needed to process his development application. The City Council is now considering that request. Smith and others have argued that the city does not have to process Palmer’s development application. But Councilman Richard Alarc n, whose district would likely include Las Lomas if it joined the city, said Smith’s effort to kill the project in L.A. could end up hurting the city. “The developer could go to the county or Santa Clarita and work out a project that could be detrimental to Los Angeles,” he said. While Alarc n said he doesn’t support the project in its current form, he has urged the City Council to accept Palmer’s offer to have a fee-for-staff-time agreement so L.A. will have more control over the project and recoup the costs. The council’s Budget and Finance Committee will consider the fee agreement. [email protected]ilynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Fernando Valley neighborhood councils are getting dueling letters over the proposed Las Lomas mini-city – even before the 5,500-home development in the Newhall Pass has been considered by city leaders. Hoping to block the project, Councilman Greig Smith sent a letter to Valley neighborhood councils this week calling the project a “tsunami of sprawl” and asking them to officially oppose it at their next meeting. “It is too big, too dense, and in the wrong location,” he wrote. “The impacts of the proposed Las Lomas development are simply impossible to ignore.” In response, Las Lomas Land Co. President Dan S. Palmer Jr. is sending a letter to neighborhood council presidents asking them to hold off any decision until they have heard his side of the story and the project is fully studied. last_img