Faced with strong neighborhood opposition to his original plan, the developer of a proposed 120-unit condominium development in the Rancho area of Burbank is now asking to build 50 single-family homes on the roughly 5-acre parcel.
New Urban West, which submitted a development application to the city in June for the condo project on Riverside Drive, faced a steep uphill battle, with residents expressing concerns about the proposed development’s impact to traffic, neighborhood density and other issues.
Even before the Burbank City Council had an opportunity to review the project, residents took their case to City Hall, railing against the proposal at a neighborhood planning meeting in November.
“Clearly, the project that we proposed and was on file was getting a lot of opposition from some in the community,” said Tom Zanic, senior vice-president at New Urban West, which submitted revised plans on Friday. “It’s not our style to have that type of opposition. We thought it was designed well and fit well, but a lot of people didn’t think so.”