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January 21, 2013
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council will vote on approving the updated General Plan tomorrow. Some of the changes to the new plan deal with congestion, traffic, parking and energy consumption. Officials also propose rezoning two areas of the city as part of the plan, Senior Planner Fred Buss said. “We're bringing it up to date,” he said. Director of Community Development Robert Stanley said he expects the plan to be approved since residents and officials have had ample time to review it. The draft was released in December 2010 and the council has held public hearings since last June.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | January 17, 2013
Now that we can all stop complaining about the freezing temperatures of the past several days and move on to whining about how unseasonably warm it is (thank you, global warming, for giving us all something to talk about on a regular basis), let's address other local happenings. For example, there's that persimmon orchard in the nether reaches of La Cañada, where owner William Johnson might just be forced to take out the 475 trees he planted before they've even borne fruit. What was your take on that story?
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | January 18, 2007
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council Tuesday approved the selection of the San Diego-based firm of Mooney, Jones and Stokes as consultant to update the city's general plan. The consulting firm was one of three bidding on the contract. All three firms were interviewed in closed session by the council. The staff was earlier directed to work with the firm to reduce the projected cost of the work, which was brought down from $727,550 to $510,000. The team also changed traffic engineering firms, selecting Meyer Mohaddes as the subcontractor.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | February 3, 2011
In a remote part of the hills above La Cañada Flintridge, a landowner is fighting a lonely battle on whether small-scale commercial farming, practiced here since the late 1800s, still has a place. William Johnson owns 67 acres along Angeles Crest Highway, where city limits abut National Forest land. He is fighting on two fronts for the right to maintain a tiny farming operation that includes a persimmon orchard and horses. Johnson Ranch makes use of an additional 11 acres owned by Southern California Edison, land that Johnson claims the right to use. City officials dispute this, saying it cannot be farmed because it is zoned as open space.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 4, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge is putting together a bicycle transportation plan as it does a complete update of the city's General Plan for the first time since 1995. The City Council will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday looking at the circulation element of the General Plan, a sort of city constitution that sets municipal policy. The circulation element of the plan guides the city's decisions regarding its major thoroughfares and transportation routes. Time permitting, Monday's meeting will see the council proceed to review noise and safety issues.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | January 2, 2013
William Johnson has been fighting for several years to keep his small farm alive, but the General Plan the city of La Cañada is getting ready to adopt won't do him any favors. It appears likely Johnson will be forced to shut down his operation, and perhaps tear out a 475-tree persimmon grove. Johnson has owned his 67-acre parcel along Angeles Crest Highway in the hills above La Cañada since about 1997. He also makes use of 11 acres owned by Southern California Edison. Fred Buss, the city's Senior Planner, said the current draft of the city's General Plan does not allow for agricultural activity on the land where the persimmons are planted.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | June 29, 2006
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members and staff have interviewed three teams of consultants to work with the city on updating the general plan, a document mandated by the state. Senior Planner Fred Buss said an updated general plan is a key element to the city continuing to do business. "There have been cities that lost the right to issue building permits because of an old plan," he said. Cost of the proposals advanced by the consultants ranged from $728,000 to $1.06 million, which left the council with a bad case of sticker shock.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council held final public hearings Monday on an amendment to the adopted housing element in its General Plan and the rezoning of several areas within the city limits to allow for multifamily housing and mixed-use development. Combined, the plans will allow for the possible construction of 343 affordable housing units, as required by state law. Bill Trimble, a consultant with the urban planning firm Veronica Tam and Associates, gave a presentation on how the county's housing needs were determined.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 30, 2011
Boosting the city's parks and recreational space should be a priority for La Cañada Flintridge, the Planning Commission concluded this week while working its way through the general plan update. According to city planner Fred Buss and the draft general plan documents, the parks plan would call for a reevaluation of facilities it operates under a joint-use agreement with La Cañada Unified. For example, soccer fields could possibly be constructed on the Southern California Edison easement, or on similar non-developed public space in the city, Buss said.
NEWS
November 23, 2011
Re: “In what ways should La Cañada Flintridge grow,” Piece of Mind column, Nov. 17: Just so that you know that someone out there is paying attention, I downloaded the La Cañada Flintridge general plan from the website last month and actually read the whole thing. It was fascinating; and I agree, if you want to learn more about what a consultant recommends for our city's future, take a look. There are some interesting recommendations. I did not make the last meeting due to business travel, but I plan on attending the next one, and on making some comments.
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February 6, 2014
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council held final public hearings Monday on an amendment to the adopted housing element in its General Plan and the rezoning of several areas within the city limits to allow for multifamily housing and mixed-use development. Combined, the plans will allow for the possible construction of 343 affordable housing units, as required by state law. Bill Trimble, a consultant with the urban planning firm Veronica Tam and Associates, gave a presentation on how the county's housing needs were determined.
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NEWS
January 21, 2013
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council will vote on approving the updated General Plan tomorrow. Some of the changes to the new plan deal with congestion, traffic, parking and energy consumption. Officials also propose rezoning two areas of the city as part of the plan, Senior Planner Fred Buss said. “We're bringing it up to date,” he said. Director of Community Development Robert Stanley said he expects the plan to be approved since residents and officials have had ample time to review it. The draft was released in December 2010 and the council has held public hearings since last June.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | January 17, 2013
Now that we can all stop complaining about the freezing temperatures of the past several days and move on to whining about how unseasonably warm it is (thank you, global warming, for giving us all something to talk about on a regular basis), let's address other local happenings. For example, there's that persimmon orchard in the nether reaches of La Cañada, where owner William Johnson might just be forced to take out the 475 trees he planted before they've even borne fruit. What was your take on that story?
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | January 2, 2013
William Johnson has been fighting for several years to keep his small farm alive, but the General Plan the city of La Cañada is getting ready to adopt won't do him any favors. It appears likely Johnson will be forced to shut down his operation, and perhaps tear out a 475-tree persimmon grove. Johnson has owned his 67-acre parcel along Angeles Crest Highway in the hills above La Cañada since about 1997. He also makes use of 11 acres owned by Southern California Edison. Fred Buss, the city's Senior Planner, said the current draft of the city's General Plan does not allow for agricultural activity on the land where the persimmons are planted.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 4, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge is putting together a bicycle transportation plan as it does a complete update of the city's General Plan for the first time since 1995. The City Council will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday looking at the circulation element of the General Plan, a sort of city constitution that sets municipal policy. The circulation element of the plan guides the city's decisions regarding its major thoroughfares and transportation routes. Time permitting, Monday's meeting will see the council proceed to review noise and safety issues.
THE818NOW
March 6, 2012
Having finished their review of the separate elements of the city's Draft General Plan, La Cañada's Planning Commission will be conducting a tour this Saturday of the various sites that would be affected by changes implemented in the plan. Robert Stanley, Director of Community Development, said on Monday night that residents interested in seeing where changes to the land use map will be made, such as which areas would be designated for multi-use housing, should meet at City Hall at 8 a.m. The tour will conclude around 12 p.m. The Planning Commission will have busses to transport them, but Stanley said that there will be forms with the route available for members of the public who wish to follow.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 30, 2011
Boosting the city's parks and recreational space should be a priority for La Cañada Flintridge, the Planning Commission concluded this week while working its way through the general plan update. According to city planner Fred Buss and the draft general plan documents, the parks plan would call for a reevaluation of facilities it operates under a joint-use agreement with La Cañada Unified. For example, soccer fields could possibly be constructed on the Southern California Edison easement, or on similar non-developed public space in the city, Buss said.
NEWS
November 23, 2011
Re: “In what ways should La Cañada Flintridge grow,” Piece of Mind column, Nov. 17: Just so that you know that someone out there is paying attention, I downloaded the La Cañada Flintridge general plan from the website last month and actually read the whole thing. It was fascinating; and I agree, if you want to learn more about what a consultant recommends for our city's future, take a look. There are some interesting recommendations. I did not make the last meeting due to business travel, but I plan on attending the next one, and on making some comments.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | November 16, 2011
La Cañada's school board and administrators have certainly been in the spotlight, or is it the hot seat, for the past few months. We've been asked to decide who to elect to the board. We've learned that one sitting board member lives out of town and we've watched as another board member has taken up the baton for more reluctant parents, filing a formal complaint against a high school teacher for alleged egregious behavior. Parents of teens who benefit from courses taken at Hillside Learning Center braced to see if the district would stop accepting credits from that school (as of Tuesday night's school board meeting, it looks like their concerns can be allayed, at least for the time being)
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