The following represents the opinion of its author, Wendy Langhans and not necessarily that of KHTS AM 1220 Radio.
Is the proposed Lyon's Canyon development the ONLY development in the works for the area between Pico Canyon Road and Towsley Canyon ?
Take a look at the attached map of the area by clicking here, and note the two 60-foot-wide "road stumps". Note how the northern-most "stump" could be extended all the way to Pico Canyon Road , connecting Stevenson Ranch Parkway with The Old Road near the Calgrove entrance to the I-5. Does it make sense to develop Lyon 's Canyon that far back in a canyon subject to wildfires without providing a second exit route? Also consider how successful businesses (such as housing developers) always have a strategic plan that extends out at least 5 years into the future. Does it seem far-fetched to predict a second road will be built and those areas adjacent to that potential road will be developed?
I think those of you living on the west side of the Santa Clarita Valley, especially in the Southern Oaks and Sunset Point areas, ought to pay special attention to this line of reasoning. It's your neighborhood.
This whole business reminds me of the ancient folktale of The Arab and his Camel. I recently found a limerick by "Mephistopheles" on The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form that provides a pithy but apt summary of the proposed Lyon 's Canyon development.
The nose of my camel once went
In my tent to a tiny extent.
But he followed his nose,
And disturbed my repose,
While annexing the rest of my tent.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the ecological issues at stake in the proposed development in Lyon's Canyon: "SEA Sick in Lyon 's Canyon" In that piece I pointed out that the back portion of the proposed development will encroach upon a significant ecological area. According to a comment letter submitted by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, this development would "essentially gut the central and lower portions of a significant Santa Susana Mountains watershed of all remaining core habitat values."
Our recommendations remain:
1. Reduce the project scale from 186 units down to 126 units.
2. Build closer to The Old Road rather than further back in the canyon.
3. Don't build in SEA 63, (The Lyon's Canyon SEA ).
If you want to learn more, you can go to the following LA County Regional Planning website:
http://planning.co.la.ca.us/doc/case/TR53653_NOP.pdf. This is a summary document.
http://planning.co.la.ca.us/doc/case/TR53653_RPC_package.pdf. This is a 135 page detailed document.
If you want to express your opinion of the Lyons Canyon Ranch Project, County Project Number TR53653, you can send an e-mail to:
Los Angeles County Supervisor – 5 th District: Hon. Michael D. Antonovich at email@example.com.
LA County Regional Planning Commissioner – 5 th District: Mr. Pat Modugno, c/o Board Secretary Rosie Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next Full Moon Hike is scheduled at Towsley Canyon on Friday, February 2 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Towsley Canyon is located on the Old Road west of I-5, about 1/4 mile south of the Calgrove.
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