A final decision on the Windermere project was delayed Monday because absences and a conflict of interest left just two council members available to review the proposed hillside development.
Councilmember Laura Olhasso and Mayor Pro Tem Gregory Brown were absent from the La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting due to travel and an illness, respectively. And Councilmember Steve Del Guercio recused himself from deliberations because of a professional conflict of interest, leaving the council without a quorum, the voting majority needed to conduct official city business.
Dr. Philip Merritt, a longtime La Cañada resident, is seeking to build a two-story, 7,447-square-foot house on an empty 1-acre lot between Hampstead Road and Iverness Drive, just south of Sugar Loaf Drive. In addition, Merritt wants to access his new home by Windermere Place, an undeveloped public street that was drawn onto maps that date to the 1920s but never actually built. The street would be constructed at Merritt's expense and then handed over to the city for maintenance.