City to Septic Tank Users: Get With the System

La Cañada Flintridge officials are ready to continue their decades-old struggle to persuade some residents north of Foothill Boulevard to connect their properties to the sewer systems used by the city.
The City Council discussed the ongoing issue in a special meeting on Tuesday and decided to get back on track with its original plan. Officials will send letters to 64 addresses, mostly homes, giving them notices of public nuisance.
“What it would be is a courted document on the property,” said City Manager Mark Alexander. “It would come up with a title search and put a hold on anything the property owner wanted to do with the property until [the notice] is cleared.”
To encourage property owners to eliminate septic tanks and connect to one of the sewer systems, the city offered grants of approximately $8,000 to qualified low- and moderate-income households. Letters were originally sent to unconnected homes in 2018 during March and July, and city code enforcement officer David Rodriguez went door to door to personally notify the owners.
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City OKs New Ordinance on Accessory Dwelling Units

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a new ordinance regarding accessory dwelling units based on the recommendation of the Planning Commission’s staff.
The ordinance, which had a first reading before the council on May 19, “would streamline the permitting of ADUs and junior accessory dwelling units in accordance with recent state legislation,” Director of Community Development Susan Koleda told the council before it voted. The new policy also will allow ADUs up to 800 square feet and 16 feet high, with setbacks that would be a minimum of 4 feet in the side and rear yards. It also permits ADUs and JDUs on every family lot and limits off-street parking requirements consistent with state law.
“This is an improvement over the last ordinance,” Koleda said, “including how we measure 16-foot height, with clarifications to other sections of the ordinance, which is far more easily understandable to the public and developers trying to construct ADUs.”
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City Hears Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal Update

The L.A. County Department of Public Works visited the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday night to give an update and answer questions on the Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project, set to be awarded to a single contractor by early August and with work expected to begin in November.
The project to remove 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment — reduced from 2.4 million cubic yards last year by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors — will likely take place over the course of four years. The project’s initial excavation area will be about 64 acres and bordered by slopes, referred to as a natural habitat area where vegetation will thrive. Continue reading “City Hears Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal Update”

City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process

At the direction of the City Council, Director of Community Development Susan Koleda will modify city planning and permitting procedures as they relate to setbacks in an effort to encourage projects that adhere to code.
Koleda said she aims to rewrite part of the code to allow her office the discretion to approve setback modifications without the need to go through the entire evaluation process, which typically takes up time and incurs permitting fees. The effect, she said, is hopefully that homeowners will keep projects to code as strictly as possible, particularly as it relates to setback modifications. Continue reading “City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process”

LCF Sees Fewer Burglaries in February

Before heading to Kagel Canyon to begin evacuations ahead of this week’s rainstorm, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek stopped by Tuesday’s City Council meeting to report that the flurry of burglaries that hit La Cañada Flintridge at the start of the year seems to have subsided.
“The February statistics are in, and home residential burglaries went way down to four,” said Blasnek, comparing that tally with the 14 that occurred in January. “One is too many. However, I would like to share some notes I took on these burglaries.” Continue reading “LCF Sees Fewer Burglaries in February”

Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project

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One of many speakers at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, Michael Gross suggests the 72-bed Oakmont Senior Living facility proposed at 600 Foothill Blvd. won’t offer its residents the village-like atmosphere it has promised.

The Planning Commission called a timeout Tuesday after listening to more than four hours of testimony about the proposed Oakmont Senior Living project during a jam-packed meeting.
Commissioners agreed that they needed more time to consider the project before deciding whether to approve or deny it, or even whether to request Oakmont take any specific actions. For now, discussion of the matter was continued to a date uncertain.
“I heard a lot tonight and learned a lot tonight,” Planning Commission Chairman Rick Gunter said. “Studying this project is a lot of work; the various reports were literally hundreds of pages. I need some time to think about what I heard and absorb it. I don’t know exactly what do at this moment. I can’t give a snap decision, I’ve just got to go back and read it again.” Continue reading “Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project”

New LCF Permit Tracking System Set for October Debut

Arabo Parseghian said he expects the La Cañada Flintridge’s new permit tracking software system to be running by October, if not earlier.
Parseghian, a division manager within the city’s administrative department, updated the City Council on the work implementing the program.
He said he and Deputy Director of Community Development Susan Koleda have completed two of six phases in the process, with a four-month test by the planning department on the horizon.
Following that, staff will complete the final data conversion and then the system will go live. Continue reading “New LCF Permit Tracking System Set for October Debut”

Planning Commission to Consider Senior Living Facility

The Planning Commission is expected to consider a proposal by Oakmont Senior Living to build a three-story, 72-room assisted care facility for the elderly at 600 Foothill Blvd., where the Christian Science Church currently is located. The church will move to a smaller building on the corner of the lot.
The plan, unpopular with neighbors concerned about the facility’s suggested size and location, will come before the commission at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, said Susan Koleda, deputy director of community development.
Oakmont’s proposal includes a new, three-story licensed residential care facility that will stand 48 feet, 6 inches — a height that would require a variance from the city. Koleda said Oakmont also requires setback variances for a chimney and the double doors that cover the utility meters but exceed setback regulations by a few inches. Continue reading “Planning Commission to Consider Senior Living Facility”

FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a few dotted i’s and crossed t’s from finally seeing its master plan receive the blessing of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission.
Commissioners indicated Tuesday they’re ready to support the project when they revisit it at their Oct. 24 meeting, so long as there are a few minor adjustments to the proposal, which calls for an increase of building square footage by some 116,000 square feet to 333,502 square feet. Continue reading “FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval”