Monday, May 10, 2010

Menlo Property: Appeal Hearing Tomorrow

SMMC map of feasible Griffith Park to El Pueblo Trail alignment; segment between Hyperion and the Corralitas Red Car Property at Fletcher. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The City failed to require dedication of a trail on the Menlo Property when it approved the 120 unit condo development. The Griffith Park to El Pueblo Trail has been in the Silver Lake - Echo Park - Elysian Valley Community Plan since 1984. The trail is the key link in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's (SMMC) Rim of the Valley Trail.

If the City denies the SMMC's appeal, it will set precedent for eliminating trails from Community Plans throughout the City without a formal Plan Amendment process.

It also calls into question the City's value of Community Plans. Why bother with the Community Plan if developers and the City just ignore it? (But then, the City Planning Website isn't exactly set up to be community friendly.)

City Council's Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will hear the SMMC's appeal tomorrow.

PLUM Committee Hearing
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
City Hall, Room 350
200N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Council File # 10-0716