10/2/07 Tuesday October 2nd 2007 PLUM Meeting

On Tuesday, October 02, 2007, the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee of the Los Angeles City Council voted 2 – 1 to approve the appeal by NRDC and Chatten-Brown & Carstens to deny the building permits for Tract 35022.

While this is another important victory in the campaign to obtain additional environmental review of the controversial development of 24 luxury homes on Elephant Hill, please be aware that we are not done yet.

Today’s vote by PLUM moves the final decision to deny the building permits and require a supplemental environmental review to the full City Council. We are pleased that the item moves forward with an important recommendation by PLUM as well as findings to support the motion.

The PLUM hearing continued discussion and testimony started last week, and focused on the very unique nature of this project and associated building permits, as well as the substantial new information about hydrology that was not addressed in the original EIR.

This is an important victory and now we need to make sure that the full Council agrees to: 1) the appeal and denial of the building permits for Tract 35022 and 2) the requirement for the supplemental environmental impact report for this development.

Please take a moment to thank Councilmember Jose Huizar for his leadership on this matter and Councilmember Reyes for his strong and consistent support. You can reach Councilmember Huizar by calling 213-478-7014 or emailing jessica.wethingtonmclean@lacity.org. You can reach Councilmember Reyes by calling 213-478-7001 or emailing jill.sourial@lacity.org.

Many thanks to Tim Grabiel, NRDC, Paul Edelman, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Martin Kammerer, Blue Green Consulting, for their expert testimony.

A more complete alert with Council contact information and talking points will be sent out in the next few days.

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