Citing blocked views and incongruence with the neighborhood, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted Tuesday to deny development permits for a two-story, 3,999-square-foot house on a hillside lot at 2048 Lyans Drive.
The 4-0 decision (Councilman Stephen Del Guercio was absent), which drew a large crowd to City Hall, reversed a unanimous vote by the Planning Commission in May to approve the development.
City planner Patrick Clarke recommended the council deny the appeal, stating that property owner Norman Peters had already redesigned the project several times to reduce its impact on his neighbors. The garage and guest parking were moved away from a home owned by the Kagawa family, and the elevation of the house was lowered from 188 feet to 114 feet, Clarke said. Further, the development plans preserved a 50-foot-wide view corridor comprising 20 feet on the Peters' property and 30 feet on the Kagawa property.