An alarming proposed hotel project threatens Benedict Canyon -- and would create a precedent that would reverberate across the entire Santa Monica Mountains. At this moment, a developer is aggressively petitioning the city to change our residential zoning laws to allow for a hotel.
This proposed hotel and zoning change is the biggest threat to the Santa Monica Mountains in 100 years. We will not and cannot allow this to happen. The community will not be fooled by slick brochures or websites, or rebranding his hotel a "retreat." The fact is simple: this is a commercial project that requires a zone change, a change to the community plan and the general plan for the city of Los Angeles, and it would be change the environment and integrity of the Santa Monica Mountains forever.
If the city council allows this unprecedented change, it would impact everyone who lives north of Sunset and south of Ventura — from Los Feliz to the Pacific Palisades.
HERE ARE THE FACTS TAKEN FROM THE APPLICATION:
Our community will not sacrifice everything we treasure about where we live for one individual’s financial gain. If this project is allowed, every developer would look at every open space in that canyons and ask: Could this be the next hotel?
The impact on the environment would be catastrophic. Wildlife would be driven away or die without their natural habitat. Traffic would increase exponentially with a commercial venture in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Pollution and noise would fill the canyon. Home values would be severely impacted by six to ten years of construction. The serene residential character of our community would be forever changed.
Existing primary access to the property is Wanda Park, a dangerous long narrow uphill winding road. Secondary access equally inaccesible off Oak Pass Road. The developer proposes to build a new concrete access road, knocking down the house at 2534 Hutton Drive and destroying the hillside and open space behind that portion of Hutton Drive.
The Benedict Canyon Community -- and surrounding communities -- strongly objects to this project and the negative impact it will have on the protect greenbelt of the Santa Monica Mountains.
We will not accept a zone change from a residential community to a commercial use. We will not accept transient occupancy in our Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.
We will not submit to decimation of our wildlife corridors and the natural beauty of our Canyon.
Traffic studies have proven our roads to be already overburdened. The proposed project and commercialization of the Benedict Canyon Community is a threat to our public safety.
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE DONATE TO THE COST OF FIGHTING THIS INVASIVE DEVELOPMENT. TAKE ACTION BY SIGNING THE PETITION -- AND WRITING TO LA CITY COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KORETZ TO OPPOSE THIS PROJECT. TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS TO DO THE SAME.
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