Friday, September 16, 2016

Arcadia Resident Wants To Know What Sierra Madre Has Done About Curbing Bad Development

I thought the following was a great question, and since it was asked fairly late in the day it might not get the attention it deserves. So I am posting it here today.


If anyone wants to chime in on this, please do.

Another Arcadia Resident Sent This
Arcadia resident Chang Hsia forwarded to me the following email he sent to the Arcadia City Council recently. It deals with the erroneous claims of Councilmembers Tay and Chandler that property values in Arcadia would plummet with the imposition of a FAR.

Here is his e-mail.


Good stuff. What follows is a portion of the Pasadena Star News piece Chang referenced in his email. To view the entire article click here.


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21 comments:

  1. What has Sierra Madre done?
    Passes Measure V which protects the Center Core of the city from over development in height and density?
    Wrote a General Plan to protect the city into the future.
    Currently is updating zoning ordinances as outlined in the General Plan.
    Passed a water Moritorium .."no new water hook up until water levels rise back to normal.
    Has a Planning Comission that true.y cares about slow growth and what is built in the city.
    Has the Tattler and Preserve Sierra Madre and many residents that get the word out.
    Has residents that speak at meetings.

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  2. Various cities in California are waking up over the large scale, very small surrounding green space and not all that environmentally friendly to the grid; lots being developed. Basically not so much a home but more often as a place to park investments.
    Sierra Madre has been fortunate over the years to have citizens that are involved with city growth.
    Many cities are studying what the Planning Commission of this town; over the last few years, have been putting into place.
    Keeping on eye on City Hall makes a difference and not voting a citizen into office because they are "popular" or because of a "last name" matching demographics of an area.
    Not all General Plans are followed; otherwise Carter 1, would not have been graded. Citizens began to cry out; but it is difficult to fight City Hall in smaller numbers.
    Citizens need to remain involved, no matter how busy ones life; we are all busy. Think of it as a check and balance of your home ownership and enjoyment of community.
    Always keep an eye on City Hall.

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  3. The situation is that some developers are ruining the quality of life for people in our cities, while making a fine profit for themselves so that they can move elsewhere, and they will sue cities to get their way. Cities have to defend themselves legally. The best way to do that is to have a General Plan that protects the cities rights. Not to say that the State can't come in and do what it wants, but a strong General Plan is an absolute necessity in the fight against predatory developers.

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  4. Housing markets fluctuate. Doesn't matter the size of a house, if it meets City code. The size won't help resale, so it must be that some enjoy rambling around, makes a statement !

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  5. Sierra Madre has a long history of preservation issues: in the 1940s they bought up the inholding along the Mt Wilson trail and the Bailey Canyon area for watershed protection. In 1967 these two areas were designation Historical Wilderness areas. In 1973 they declared the city A Wildlife Preserve. With a challange to property development at the Chantry Flat Road, the city supported the efforts for study of open space protection and the Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy was formed in 1989. In 1995 the citizens supported self-assessment through the Los Angeles County Proposition A for $3.1 million for open space protection through the purposes of purchasing private property through Willing Buyer/Willing Seller/Fair Market Value. In 1996 the city commissioned a group to develop a Hillside Management Zone and Development Standards, adoped and revised in 2007. In 2002 the city gave conservation easements to the Conservancy for all the city-held open space. Many groups have come together over the years to address development pressures on remaining open space: One Carter and the Monastery. A long and dilligent effort went into updating the 1972 General Plan, where the city completed this document to protect our zoning and building standards. This was seen as recent as the September 13, 2016 City Council meeting approved the Planning Commissions recommendations for R1 building standards.

    It takes a long time and consistent participation of dedicated elected officials and community volunteers to accomplish the goals of protecting the city from overdevelopment. As you can see from this narative Sierra Madre has been working hard to accomplish this.

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  6. Agreed, a General Plan is great. But we have a Trojan Horse in our midst - City Management who will collude with Developers to circumvent any law or plan. Elaine is a good example and Michele Keith may be worse.
    The challenge is to appoint 'good' people to City Management. We don't seem to be able to do that. And many initially good City employees(including Police and Public Works) are corrupted by their Union. Very serious issues.

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    1. A trojan horse that we pay for. We are taxed against our own interests.

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  7. The future of this Country is in it's land.

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  8. Grammar Police its not it's.......

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    1. But it really should be "it's" though common usage says otherwise

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    2. It is an awkward sentence but it's is a contraction of "it is" or it's shows possession. To keep from confusion the possession form has droped 's but you still here in in speech. Go figure.

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  9. The quote was taken from P.Smiths morning show; the words were that of George Washington. ps. That's 1st Prez to u- grammer scammer.

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    1. I don't know who P.Smiths is but Washington never said it's in his life. Why are you lying again

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  10. Wait you're relying on a alleged historical quote from a gardener with a TV show? He provides a transcript from his show? HAHAHAHA...

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  11. Too close to the election to not comment on it.

    In today's TrumpThink(™), Hawaii is officially a U.S. state after all. Looks like he finally got one right.

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    1. That's ok. Obama said there's 57 states.

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    2. Yeah, he was campaigning and tired and misspoke and mentioned it afterward.

      I'd be willing to bet that the President once or twice called Sasha Malia and Malia Sasha, which to 11:42, who no doubt is imbued with perfection, demonstrates conclusively that the Pres is an inattentive and uncaring father.

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    3. Heinz has 57 varities, but all Trumpies are grumpies.

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    4. Looks like tattlers have too much tune on their hands.

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    5. You obviously do a fair amount of tune.

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