Neighbors are teed off about plans to turn lots on La Canada
Flintridge Country Club land into homes.
Gilbert Dreyfuss, president of Dreyfuss and Herman Investment Co.
-- the parent company of the club -- wants to carve 12 lots from 115 acres at opposite ends of the country club. Some of the space also
would be used for an administrative building.
The plans are opposed by a group of 15 homeowners who live
adjacent to the country club. Group members are concerned about
erosion, obstructed views, slope stability, privacy and environmental
effects, said Scott Harvey, who lives in the 400 block of Paulette
Place, a cul-de-sac abutting one of the lots proposed for the
development of three homes. His home is downhill from the proposed
The plan is not new, but a completion of separate projects started
in 1951 and 1981, Dreyfuss said. The country club was completed in
1962, and different residential tracts around it have been developed
since. The new developments are planned on space that cannot be used
for the 18-hole golf course.
Dreyfuss sought approval for a tentative tract map of the new lots
at a La Canada Flintridge Planning Commission meeting Jan. 26, but
the commission delayed a decision because of the neighbors'
opposition. The commission did not set a date for a decision.
The lots are large enough to contain houses ranging from about
7,000 to 9,000 square feet, Dreyfuss said.
"We are hoping that [Dreyfuss] will work with neighbors and
relieve some of their concerns," Planning Commissioner Robert Levine
said. "Reviewing a project that is not in contention is much easier."
When homeowners purchased homes surrounding the country club, they
did not expect more homes to be built.
"Our backyards will be subject to the effects of houses being
packed in too tightly, and we have so little green space left," said
Don Williams, who lives on Paulette Place. "We've been here since
1966 and we want to keep our neighborhood from getting any bigger."
The city is in desperate need of new housing, local real estate
"We have so many buyers that they're coming out of our ears, and
we have nothing to sell them," said Sid Karsh, an agent with
Keilholtz Realtors. "A lot of people want to live here, but we have