Las Lomas Fight Before L.A. City Council Wednesday
City Council members ask for policy ruling governing land use.
Los Angeles City Councilman Grieg Smith’s proposal to stop the massive Las Lomas development goes before the city’s Planning and Land Use committee on Tuesday and the full council on Wednesday.
His motion, which was introduced Feb. 6, was signed by seven council members, asks the council to make a policy decision that would dictate its future land use and not leave it up to developers.
Smith’s press deputy, Matt Myerhoff told KHTS that their office has received a flood of support from citizens who don’t want the massive development or its negative impacts on traffic, infrastructure and public safety.
The Las Lomas Development Project is sited at the southern end of Santa Clarita and the north end of the city of Los Angeles, near the confluence of five freeways: the 5, 14, 210, 118 and 405, adjacent to Sylmar and Granada Hills. It is comprised of 555 acres of mountainous land, where it is proposed that between 5,800 and 9,670 housing units will be built.
The controversial project has been in the works for six years. Questions have arisen as to developer Dan Palmer’s actual ownership of all parcels involved in the proposed “mini-city.” Records examined at the request of Supervisor Mike Antonovich showed that Van Nuys resident Fred McHaddad owns nearly 50 percent of the property.
Also in February, Smith joined forces with Assemblyman Cameron Smyth to ask the district attorney, state Attorney General and California Department of Real Estate to look into falsified documents regarding property ownership.
The Santa Clarita city council has formally opposed the project.