After many years of truly inspirational dedication to Chevy Chase Estates Association, our longtime President, Brian Duran, will be stepping down from the CCEA board to dedicate himself more fully to his many other activities. Most of you know Brian as one of the great champions of hillside protection; over his many years as CCEA’s President, he has devoted countless hours to monitoring proposed developments in the Canyon and being a true advocate for the Hillside Ordinance which safeguards the quality of life of every Canyon resident. Some of you might also know that Brian is an I.T. expert who has worked at law firms and currently teaches computer classes. But what you might not know about Brian is that he is also an accomplished studio-level woodwind player. Having performed with many professional groups during his career, Brian is looking forward to devoting even more of his time to being a professional musician, music teacher and, most recently, author of a book on a revolutionary technique for teaching instrumental musicians.
The CCEA Board extends its most sincere thanks to Brian for being an amazing leader over these many years, and wishes him every success – and a world of musical enjoyment – as he focuses even more of his seemingly-limitless energy on his creative talents.
The CCEA board will now be led by co-Presidents James Ward and Graeme Whifler, both of whom are longtime Canyon residents. Graeme and James look forward to continuing the CCEA’s 81-year history of protecting the quality of life for all residents of Chevy Chase Canyon.
Update – Project sent back to the drawing board once again!
The CCEA and concerned neighbors prevailed. The Design Review Board voted to send the Laird Street project back for another redesign. Thanks to all who wrote emails and attended the meeting.
Canyon Development Alert!
Once again the project at 910 Laird will be held this 5 pm Thursday the 12th, at the MUNICIPAL SERVICES BUILDING – 633 E. Broadway, Room 105 And all are welcome!
If you can’t make this hearing please send your thoughts on this project to: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOUR YEARS! Concerned neighbors and the CCEA have been raising objections to a developer’s proposals to build at 910 Laird for the last four years. You can read the brief history here.
Three months after the Design Review Board gave a thumbs-down sending their latest proposal back for a redesign because the structures placement up on the hill, and its general design were not compatible with Glendale’s Hillside Ordinance, the developer is back. It’s claimed to be a redesign.
The garages have been moved to the center of the building, and the structure has been sunk into the hill 8 feet and moved west 5 feet. Other than that it is pretty much the same house. Needless to say, the CCEA and concerned neighbors are not pleased with these superficial changes.
This new submittal has raised alarms with Neighbors and the CCEA because it leaves intact an illegally graded driveway that traverses the lot, a drive that could potentially provide access to more development. Had the redesign been a true makeover, and the house sited down the hillside as was suggested, it would have effectively blocked the illegal driveway. But the house site wasn’t moved and the illegal driveway was saved.
At 5:00 pm this Thursday, April the 12h, the city’s Design Review Board (DRB) will approve or deny the construction of a new home on Laird Drive. The CCEA and concerned neighbors have repeatedly opposed this project for 4 years because its location behind and above existing homes would eliminate the privacy those homes have enjoyed for many years and would compromise the forested hillside that is part of the Chevy Chase Canyon charm. Another reason this project should be denied is because of the precedent it would set for other developers who are not concerned about preserving the woodland character of the Canyon. They are hoping for an opportunity to build on hillside areas that have historically been off limits. If this project is allowed to move forward, they will get that opportunity.
You can help the effort to preserve the beauty of Chevy Chase Canyon by registering your objection to this project by letting the DRB know your position. The best way is to appear at the hearing and say this project is incompatible with the neighborhood and you request denial of the project. The next best thing is to send an email to the case planner for the project, stating your objection. The more people who express their position, the better the DRB will understand the wishes of the community. Information to communicate your position is below.
Address of the proposed construction: 910 Laird Drive
Case No. : PDR1709694 (staff report here)
Case Planner: Kathy Duarte
Hearing: Thursday, April the 12th, 5:00 pm – 633 East Broadway, Room 105
Send emails objecting to this project to: email@example.com
If you have questions, send an email to Questions and Comments. You will receive a rapid response.
READ THE CHEVY CHASE ESTATES ASSOCIATION’S FORMAL OBJECTION BELOW
April 10, 2018
Community Development Department
Re: CCEA Opposition to 910 Laird Drive development plans PDR1403541
The Chevy Chase Estates Association has continuously supported the Applicant’s right to develop the property at 910 Laird Drive, but the Applicant has repeatedly demonstrated his disdain for and rejection of the rules and regulations governing the development process. His irresponsible actions have led to a project that again does not conform to the spirit and intent of the Hillside Design Guidelines, leading the CCEA to continue its opposition and to call upon the Design Review Board to again reject the plans as submitted.
The Applicant’s extensive, unpermitted grading has allowed him to effectively expropriate the natural hillside for his own purposes, without the benefit of regulatory controls that preserve the natural terrain and maintain safety in the environment. This attempt to bypass or subvert regulatory controls by fait accompli should not be tolerated because we now have slopes that previously did not exist, a significant cut for a driveway that shouldn’t be there, and many cubic yards irresponsibly dumped on city and neighbor property. Public Works should enforce the citation issued to the Applicant and cause the topography to be restored so proper assessment and development of the site can proceed.
The Planning Commission and the Design Review Board’s repeated admonishments and directions to the Applicant to remedy questionable siting and other mass and scale issues have been met with a specious, minimally compliant response. This Applicant has never demonstrated a sincere desire to maintain neighborhood compatibility by conforming to the codes that govern hillside projects and should therefore be prevented, once again, the opportunity to build a house in the wrong place and in a way that endangers neighbors, violates their privacy and degrades the forested environment of Chevy Chase Canyon.
A full house of canyon neighbors gathered at the beautiful new CCCC Clubhouse to hear Glendale Fire Chief Gregory Fish detail wildfire protection and survival. Tom Lorenz, Glendale Director of Communications, jumped in with emergency contact information. It was an evening of lifesaving tips. Whether one attended or not, sign up for Glendale emergency notifications below. But first, enjoy a few pictures from the meeting. Click on the upper right arrows to see full-sized photos!
Links for Chevy Chase Canyon residents.
Some of these are fun, some are informational, some will keep you abreast of the latest news and gossip, and some might save your life.
THE MEGA LIST – From The City of Glendale, go here to sign up for city news, planning report updates.
THE CHEVY CHASE ESTATES ASSOCIATION NEWS AND ALERTS are emails sent free to canyon residents with neighborhood news, events, and alerts. Up to date info on library fun events, crime, and raging wildfires.
NEXTDOOR.COM is a neighborhood bulletin board where folks can post crime updates, take part in canyon discussions, let people know about canyon events, or even sell household items.
CRIMEMAPPING.COM is a free service where one can sign up and if there is a crime in the area emails will be sent detailing the type of crime, the date and time, and where it occurred plotted on a map.
An Evening of Fire and Beauty
Our 81st annual meeting this Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm is a free event for all folks living in the canyon.
Glendale Fire Chief Gregory Fish will be speaking about fire protection in the canyon. In wake of the devastating fires that ravished California a few months back this presentation may be a future home or lifesaver for us living in our brush area.
This will be the Chevy Chase Estates Association’s first annual meeting at the newly renovated Chevy Chase Country Club Clubhouse. If you haven’t seen it yet, now is your chance to get an up-close look at this extraordinary addition at the heart of our canyon. Take a photo tour of the new clubhouse below. Click on the upper right arrows to see full-sized photos! See you on Wednesday the 14th!
Free invite for Canyon Neighbors!
Our 81st annual meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm is a free event for all folks living in the canyon. Glendale Fire Chief Gregory Fish will be speaking about fire protection in the canyon.
And There is More! See the New Clubhouse!
This will be the Chevy Chase Estates Association’s first annual meeting at the newly renovated Chevy Chase Country Club Clubhouse. If you haven’t seen yet, now is your chance to get an up-close look at this extraordinary addition at the heart of our canyon. Take a photo tour of the new clubhouse below. Click on the upper right arrows to see full-sized photos! See you on Wednesday the 14th!
Chevy Chase Canyon has 40 new construction projects either pending or in progress. See the complete list as compiled by the CCEA. Click below.
Your Business Here! Reach 1500 Canyon Homes!
Have a business you’d like canyon residents to know about? Dog walkers, plumbers, babysitters, lawyers, accountants, gardeners; whatever your business, all you need is a business card, or business card art, to advertise in the Chevy Chase Estates Association annual newsletter and reach over 1500 households in our canyon in our March mailing. For 75 years the CCEA has mailed out our beautiful black and white newsletter to each household in our canyon, and we have decided to open it up to advertising to help cover the costs of mailing and promote our neighborhood businesses. The cost, a mere $50 to let potentially1500 families know about your business or service. Space is limited. This year we are also offering quarter and half page ads! See what last years ads looked like in our newsletter that went out to all 1500+ canyon residents.
Space is limited. Last day for add placements is Jan. 31st. For questions and info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below for instructions on how to submit your ad.
Ads can be purchased online or via snail-mail.
Purchase your ad space here!
Then email a PDF of your business card to:
Or mail your business card and a check for $50 made out to Chevy Chase Estates Association to:
Chevy Ads c/o Graeme Whifler
3235 Cornwall Drive
Glendale, CA 91206