intentionally interferes with private property rights. Humans have
become the enemy. The Canyon Hills project owners have spent years
and millions of dollars complying with the recently adopted San
Gabriel/Verdugo Mountains Scenic Preservation Specific Plan. They
have conducted numerous meetings with local community groups and made
major modifications to the plans in response to community input.
Instead of developing the entire 880-acre site, which they could do,
they are proposing a plan that minimizes environmental impacts and
maximizes public open space.
If there is any reason that the Burbank City Council should take a
look at this project, it is because it is an excellent example of how
to balance the need for housing with the environmental impacts. The
Stough Canyon hiking trails already connect over the hills to
property owned by the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy. This project
does not change that. In fact, it voluntarily removes 700 acres of
land from future development at no cost to the public.