HILLS GOLF COURSE SITE INFORMATION PAGE
Verdugo Hills Stormwater Project Concept Report
Appendix B - CHRONO Verdugo Support Letters
Appendix C - Pollutant Load Model Results
Appendix D - Income Valuation
Appendix E - Golf Article & Cover letter
Appendix F - (revised) Verdugo Aqua Range combined
Prop "O" Citizen's Oversight Advisory Committee Agenda for 4/18/2012
For the most up to date news regarding Saving the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, please go to:
Verdugo Hills Golf Course Draft Environmental Impact Report
VHGC Appendix F-1
5/20/09 ACTION ALERT --
The Verdugo Hills Golf Course DEIR HAS BEEN RELEASED.
All neighbors are encouraged to review and submit comments by the comment deadline 7-20-09.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for proposed development of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course has been released by the City of Los Angeles. The developer, MWH Development/Snowball Investments, is proposing the following: To construct 229 single family detached units on a project site of approximately 58 acres. The homes would be two-stories in height, with four bedrooms and would have an average floor area of approximately 2,200 square feet. Each unit would have a two car garage; in addition the project would provide ¼ guest parking space per unit for a total of approximately 57 guest spaces. Approximately 25 acres of the 58-acre project site are currently developed with a golf course and supporting uses, all of which would be demolished. The proposed homes would be constructed on the portion of the site currently occupied by the golf course. The remaining portions of the project site would be retained as open space.
The full DEIR document is available from the City Planning Department's web site. Here's what you do. Go to http://cityplanning.lacity.org/ - then click on Environmental - then Draft EIR. Scroll til you come to Verdugo Hills Golf Course Project. Currently it is the second one. When you click on the name it will take you to the following link http://tiny.cc/VHGCDEIR. Scroll down and you will see the DEIR sections and DEIR Technical Appendices. If you have difficulty, please contact the STNC office at 818-951-7411 or any STNC Board member. Printed copies of the DEIR are available upon request and at cost. Also, CDs of the entire document are available too. A physical copy is available at the STNC office. You can also find out updates and join with other neighbors to comment by attending STNC meetings. A Town Hall meeting is being scheduled and the developer will also be holding a community meeting to show his plans. More info on these events as plans come together.
For more Resources & Information & to get involved, check these websites: SaveTheGolfCourse.org, and SunlandTujungaAlliance.com.
If you wish to submit comments following review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) please submit them in writing by July 20, 2009. Send comments to: David J. Somers, Project Coordinator Room 750, City Hall Department of City Planning 200 North Spring Street Los Angeles, California 90012 David.Somers@lacity.org with a copy to: STNC, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Rm 101, Tujunga, CA 91042
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)
is expected to be released to the public early in February
2009. The STNC has requested a 90-day comment period
to allow the community time to review the DEIR which is expected
to offer two or three possible proposals for development of
the site. It is not definite that we will be granted
90-days so we encourage you to write to Councilwoman Wendy
Greuel with your own request.
Once the DEIR is released, we will post links
here at the STNC web site. The STNC will also host community
meetings with the developer, MWH Development. Dates
to be announced.
Community efforts continue to Save the Verdugo Hills
Golf Course, preserve it in perpetuity and expand its
recreational opportunities. You can participate in this
effort by visiting the Save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course
web site at http://www.gcvoice.org/current-projects/vhgc.htm
SUNLAND-TUJUNGA NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL TALKING
REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Verdugo Hills Golf Course Project Section 15105(a)
of the CEQA Guidelines states:
The public review period for a draft
EIR should not be less than 30 days nor longer than 60 days
except in unusual circumstances.
With this statute in mind, we should accept
no less than 60 days and, in our letters to Wendy Greuel,
we must state the reasons why this EIR is unusual enough to
warrant an extension to 90 days.
Among those reasons why this Draft EIR is unusual:
This is a highly complex and difficult EIR
which includes numerous project alternatives, significant
and unavoidable adverse impacts, and mitigation measures.
As proof, the developer and his consultant
have taken more than a year to prepare this document. It
is clearly unfair for members of the community, who are
not paid experts and who will be most affected by this project,
to be given less than roughly 25% of that time to review
and comment on the Draft EIR.
The Administrative Draft Initial Study, dated
October 4, 2007, lists 54 Potentially Significant Impacts
resulting from the project. With a list this numerous, the
public must be given a reasonable opportunity to review
and comment on the Draft EIR.
Potentially unavoidable and adverse impacts
listed in the Draft Initial Study include the following:
Hydrology and Water Quality
Again, your letter must make the case that the
sheer number of possible negative impacts requires thoughtful
and serious review by the members of the public who will be
affected by the project. Anything less than 90 days short
changes this process and favors the developer.
This project is keenly important to the residents
of Sunland-Tujunga and surrounding communities who will be
directly affected by the impacts of this project. To grant
them anything less than an adequate amount of time to review
and comment on a project that will impact them so significantly,
is patently unfair and flies in the face of CEQA.
If you would like to quote the law, heres
a few choice samples:
Members of the public hold a privileged
position in the CEQA process; such status reflects
both a belief that citizens can make important contributions
to the environmental protection and. . . notions of democratic
decision-making. . . Concerned Citizens
of Costa Mesa, Inc. v. 32nd District Agricultural Association
Each public agency should include provisions
in its CEQA procedures for wide public involvement, formal
and informal, consistent with its existing activities and
procedures, in order to receive and evaluate public reactions
to environmental issues related to the agencys activities.
CEQA Guidelines Section 15201
The courts have described EIRs as environmental
alarm bells whose purpose is to alert the public
and its responsible officials to environmental changes before
they have reached ecological points of no return.
County of Into v. Yorty (3rd Dist. 1973)
A paramount consideration is the right
of the public to be informed in such a way that it can intelligently
weigh the environmental consequences of any contemplated
action and have an appropriate voice in the formation of
any decision. Environmental Planning and
Information Council v. County of El Dorado (3rd Dist. 1982).
All of these statements speak to the need for
the public to be given a reasonable amount of time to review
a document which will be hundreds of pages long and filled
with technical detail that is often more complex than a lay
person can reasonably understand and review in a shortened
time frame. The request for 90 days has precedent, both in
the City of Los Angeles and elsewhere, and a 90-day comment
period is the only fair means of providing the public with
the opportunity to ensure that the document is thorough, accurate,
Send your request to:
The Honorable Wendy Greuel
Councilwoman, District 2
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
With a copy to:
David Somers, Environmental Review Coordinator
Department of City Planning
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Our community is united in opposition and many new people
packed the room at North Valley City Hall this past Thursday,
January 17 for the Scoping Meeting. Several city planning
personnel were at the meeting to answer questions. Also attending
were Dale Thrush, Jim Dantona and Jackie Keene from Councilmember
Wendy Greuel's office. Mark Handel, attended on behalf
of the owners, representing MWH Development along with his
architect and other staff. Mr. David Somers, who conducted
the meeting took time to answer a lot of questions.
There was a chance after he described the process to speak
with all of the parties and give input and ask questions.
The current deadline for written comments to have included
for the City's review process is January 31, and all concerned
parties are strongly encouraged to submit their comments to
the City of Los Angeles by that date which is the deadline
to receive comments from the public for incorporation to the
process of tthe review.
Notice of Preparation - Environmental Impact
Public Comment Deadline EXTENDED to Jan 31, 2008!
Attend the Public Scoping Meeting
Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 6:30pm
NVCH - 7747 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga
Verdugo Hills Golf Course
Notice of Preparation - Environmental Impact Report
Public Comment Deadline is Dec. 28, 2007
To view the Notice click
MWH Development has submitted
an application to the City for a 223 home development.
The developer has agreed to conduct a full Environmental Impact
Report (EIR) for the development however, to our knowledge, that
process has not yet begun.
There is strong support for preservation of the Verdugo Hills
Golf Course between the City of Los Angeles, City of Glendale
and Los Angeles County.
To view the application click
To view the STNC's position click
MWH Development returned to present updated
plans. The new plans are preliminary ideas and will keep
all development within the existing footprint of the current
golf course site and include up to 269 residential units all
attached to each other but with separate addresses. A
proposed 9-hole golf course will surround the residential units
throughout the site which are to be 4.3 units per acre. There
will be a group of "stacked flats where the driving range exists
now. Of the 63 acres owned by MWH Development, 46 will
remain as open space which MWH "may consider" deeding to the
City. The developer, Mr. Mark Handel stated that they
recognize this is an important issue and it will be part and
parcel to the ongoing entitlement action. Mr. Handel also
commented that they intend to fully comply with the Community
Plan, unit count, clustering of homes, slope density and what
is allowed "by right". The only deviation from the General
Plan that they are requesting is to build an attached product
versus a multi-family detached product, as called for in the
General Plan. The reason for "attached" is because they will
then be able to "save the golf course". Mr. Handel is
anxious to work with the community every step of the way through
this project as well as CD2 (Wendy's office). Several concerns
were addressed regarding ingress and egress issues and traffic
issues along Tujunga Canyon Blvd. A traffic study has already
been completed. Also, concern that a 9-hole golf course
will be economically viable, maintenance of the grounds in the
future, desire to keep the driving range and the design of the
units. MWH has a web site at mwhdevelopment.com and assures
the community that there will be good design.
The DAC voted to appoint a team to work
with Mr. Handel regarding the design, colors and appearance
of the units as well as address other issues of concern.
If you are interested in being a part of
this team, Contact DAC Chairman, Victor Castro at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
No News There is no
new news on the golf course. If you are interested in the
Verdugo Hills Golf Course you can:
Fill out and send in a questionnaire.
Write a letter to Councilwoman
Play at the golf course!
You know the old saying: "Use it or lose it." If the community
does not play or use the golf course why should it remain
open? Food for thought. If you do not play golf you must
know somebody who does. Buy them a gift from the Pro Shop.
Golfers love golf related gifts even if it's just golf
balls, a golf towel, a shirt, or hat from another course.
If you don't play golf or don't know anybody who does
then consider just going into the Putt Stop once in a
while and treating yourself to a burger or a beer.
Verdugo Hills Golf Course Update
Crescenta Valley Town Council Meeting, June 16
The Crescenta Valley Town Council discussed
the proposed redevelopment of Verdugo Hills Golf Course
at their meeting last night. Several councilmembers told
of having attended the June 7 meeting in Tujunga where
the developer's proposals were presented.
Councilmember Toyon said they had talked
with the developer's representative at the meeting and
made it clear that the CVTC should have been included/invited
to the June 7 meeting, that any redevelopment of VHGC
impacted their community as well as Sunland-Tujunga. The
CVTC will be notified of any future meetings.
One member who attended the June 7 meeting
said that she had discouraged prior to the meeting, figuring
that the redevelopment was a done deal. She was impressed
by the strong community turn out at the meeting, and the
vocal opposition that was expressed that night. She came
away from that meeting with more confidence, thinking
that something better could be achieved regarding VHGC.
Bob Schiele, from the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood
Council, spoke about the redevelopment. The CVTC was very
appreciative of the information Bob shared with them.
The council wants to know more about what
is going on, what are the options. One member mentioned
suggested that Los Angeles County parks department should
be contacted, that the golf course is definitely a recreational
resource that should be saved. I don't remember how it
was described but something to the effect that the ratio
between parks and people is below the target range in
the Los Angeles county area.
Verdugo Hills Golf Course Update
We had a strong showing of over 200 people
for the Open House/Town Hall meeting on June 7th. Representatives
from many organizations showed up including Kristin Asadourian
from Wendy Greuel's office.
Dale Thrush made a presentation regarding
the current zoning of the golf course property and answered
Many in attendance spoke during the "public
comment" portion of the evening; those who did speak
were against the proposed developments of the property,
although some did offer suggestions for other usage. Please
see the meetings minutes (PDF format) for more detailed
information. Questionnaire's were passed out to all
in attendance and feedback will be made known at a later
date. (Note: Both the developers and DAC/STNC had questionnaires.)
Questionnaires are still available and the DAC/STNC
encourages everybody in the community to fill one out.
The Crescenta Valley Town Council will be
discussing the redevelopment of Verdugo Hills Golf Course
at their next meeting, Thursday, June 16. It will be held
at the CV Sheriff's Station at 7pm. If you can attend
the meeting on June 16 it would be a great opportunity
to let your opinion be heard.
The CVTC web site has images of what the
developer's presented to the public at Tuesday's June
7th STNC Town Hall Meeting. Here
is a link to the images. You can see what the developer,
WWH, Inc are proposing. A picture really is worth a thousand
2005 7:00 PM
HILLS GOLF COURSE SITE Flyer in PDF Format
Tujunga Cyn Blvd & La Tuna Cyn Rd
Come to the North Valley Neighborhood City Hall (formally
the Muni Bldg) to hear about the proposed development
on the site of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course.
320 + Detached Townhouses * Canyon Hills proposes 280
A 300,000 Sq Ft + Retail Shopping Center With 1,100 Parking
PROPOSAL #3: ?
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Marathon Communications Developers Representative
MWH, Inc. Developer
Dale Thrush Planning Deputy for Councilmember Wendy