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By Ruth Longoria | April 10, 2008
A Flintridge property owner has filed a more than $2.1 million lawsuit against the city of La Cañada Flintridge alleging the City Council is denying the man access to his property through a public road. This after the March 17 council meeting when the council in a split 2-to-2 vote decided against allowing Philip Merritt to develop the ?paper road? Windermere Place as a driveway to access his property. The council at that meeting suggested Merritt modify his plans to access the property from Hampstead Road, which connects with the other side of his property, or return to the city?
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By Ruth Longoria | March 20, 2008
A public street many never knew existed was at the forefront of controversy during Monday night?s City Council meeting as the council attempted to make peace between neighbors and decide the fate of the newly discovered ?paper road? Windermere Place. City staff also finally received a green light on new wording for the city?s highly controversial animal keeping ordinance. And, the meeting also included accolades for outgoing Mayor David Spence and the election by the council of a new mayor, former Mayor Pro Tem Stephen A. Del Guercio and a new mayor pro tem, Laura Olhasso.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | August 4, 2010
The City Council on Monday denied building permits for a proposed two-story hillside house in a Flintridge neighborhood and directed the applicant to significantly reduce the size before resubmitting the project. Councilman Stephen De Guercio recused himself, leaving a 4-0 vote. The decision came after a marathon public hearing that spanned two City Council meetings and included presentations by city staff, architects, engineers, lawyers and neighbors. The controversial proposal includes the development of an empty 1-acre lot and unimproved public street between Hampstead Road and Inverness Drive, just south of Sugar Loaf Drive.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 21, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted Monday to continue a public hearing on a proposed two-story, hillside home in a Flintridge neighborhood. The contentious development dispute, which has dragged on for four years, is centered around an empty 1-acre lot and unimproved public street between Hampstead Road and Inverness Drive, just south of Sugar Loaf Drive. Longtime La Cañada resident Philip Merritt bought the property in 2005 and submitted development plans to the Planning Department the following year.
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Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 15, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council will hear an appeal Monday of a two-story, hillside development that has embroiled a Flintridge neighborhood. The proposed 6,836-square-foot house, approved by the Planning Commission in April with a 4-0 vote, is to be built on a trapezoid-shaped, 41,382-square-foot lot between Hampstead Road and Inverness Drive, just south of Sugar Loaf Drive. The massing of the house, which would stand 117 feet wide and 34 1/2 feet tall, has drawn criticism from neighbors.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 31, 2008
It?s still only a paper road, but an attorney for Dr. Philip Merritt, the La Cañada Flintridge resident who wants to use the city property sketched as Windermere Place for access to Merritt?s private property, is claiming a victory this week in what he sees as a reversal of a previous City Council action to leave the road on paper only. ?What does it mean? It means we won,? Arnold Graham, an attorney with Graham Vaage & Cisneros in Glendale, said Tuesday concerning a letter he received last week from La Cañada?
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By Megan O’Neil | April 29, 2010
In the latest in a nearly four-year saga in a Flintridge neighborhood, the Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the development of a vacant, 41,382-square-foot hillside property near the southern border of the city. Commissioner James Hill was absent, leaving a 4-0 vote. The project calls for the construction of a two-story, single-family home on a sloping, trapezoid-shaped lot between Hampstead Road and Inverness Drive. It also outlines plans for a new 81-foot-long public street that would provide access to the house from the east off Inverness Drive.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | August 4, 2010
The City Council on Monday denied building permits for a proposed two-story hillside house in a Flintridge neighborhood and directed the applicant to significantly reduce the size before resubmitting the project. Councilman Stephen De Guercio recused himself, leaving a 4-0 vote. The decision came after a marathon public hearing that spanned two City Council meetings and included presentations by city staff, architects, engineers, lawyers and neighbors. The controversial proposal includes the development of an empty 1-acre lot and unimproved public street between Hampstead Road and Inverness Drive, just south of Sugar Loaf Drive.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 10, 2008
A Flintridge property owner has filed a more than $2.1 million lawsuit against the city of La Cañada Flintridge alleging the City Council is denying the man access to his property through a public road. This after the March 17 council meeting when the council in a split 2-to-2 vote decided against allowing Philip Merritt to develop the ?paper road? Windermere Place as a driveway to access his property. The council at that meeting suggested Merritt modify his plans to access the property from Hampstead Road, which connects with the other side of his property, or return to the city?
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | March 20, 2008
A public street many never knew existed was at the forefront of controversy during Monday night?s City Council meeting as the council attempted to make peace between neighbors and decide the fate of the newly discovered ?paper road? Windermere Place. City staff also finally received a green light on new wording for the city?s highly controversial animal keeping ordinance. And, the meeting also included accolades for outgoing Mayor David Spence and the election by the council of a new mayor, former Mayor Pro Tem Stephen A. Del Guercio and a new mayor pro tem, Laura Olhasso.
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