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Crucial City Review Needed

We the undersigned residents urge the City of Los Angeles to scrutinize a massive proposed construction project at 2070 Nichols Canyon Road. We request a strenuous inspection by Building and Safety, the Planning Department as well as a CEQA review. We feel the project endangers our canyon on many different levels.

The proposed development is a 6-story, nearly 15,000 sq.ft. “home” to be built on a very steep hill. There are plans for a 12 ft. wide 350 ft. long elevated driveway that will have walls so the cars “don’t fall off”.

There will also be a need for traffic signals due to the fact the cars can only go one way.

The structure will sit 25 feet from Santa Monica Conservancy’s Trebek Open Space and compromise an important wildlife corridor and habitat. The site is incredibly steep and topographically challenged, making it extremely difficult to stage trucks and equipment. That will incur more use of the public right of way and dangerous traffic conditions.

The plans also call for 2 very large retaining walls sitting about 20 feet from Nichols Canyon Rd. The developer claims he does not need haul route permits to remove the thousand of cubic yards of dirt. He is arguing he can do this massive construction “by right”. We disagree.

Nichols Canyon Road is already extremely congested and less than 20 feet wide in places. We are extremely concerned about our safety, the safety of people on the road, and the permanent negative impact of this project on our community, the canyon, and the adjacent open space and wildlife corridor.

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