A Burbank Hills community faced a setback Monday in its decades-long quest to create a gated neighborhood, after the Planning Board recommended that elected officials deny the request.
The board's recommendation, approved in a 3-0 vote, will be forwarded to the Burbank City Council for a final decision. Two Planning Board members were absent.
The Burbank Hills Community Homeowners Assn. has requested entry and exit gates — for the fourth time since 1987 — at the two main entrances to the neighborhood, where Lamer Street crosses Castleman and Wedgewood lanes.
Residents of the private community, comprised of 130 homes, said adding gates would reduce vehicular traffic and, in turn, street maintenance costs, for which they currently pay because the streets are private.
"If you choose not to give us an approval, then, very simply, compensate us for the millions of dollars that we've spent over the 15 years, for the water, for the maintenance, for the guards, and then we'll forget this," said Burbank Hills resident Eddie Kandela.