Regional planning approves extension for senior complex

Oak trees on a currently undeveloped piece of land off of the Old Road and Sagecrest Circle will be removed to make way for a development. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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County planners extended a plan Tuesday to cut down 162 oak trees for a senior condo complex near Towsley Canyon.

At a hearing open to the public, planners with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning approved request by developers with DR Horton’s Western Pacific Housing Inc., to extend a senior housing project known as the Lyons Canyon Ranch project for one more year.

“The hearing officer granted the time extension this morning,” Mitch Glaser, spokesman for the regional planning department, told The Signal Tuesday.

In 2006, DR Horton’s Western Pacific Housing Inc., submitted a proposal to the county’s Regional Planning Commission calling for 93 single-family lots and 93 condos, all intended for seniors, on 234 acres, next door to the Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon, on The Old Road.

The proposal seeks permission to rip out 162 smaller oak trees, transplant 13 big oaks already on the land and get permission from the county to encroach on another 52 oaks, six of which are also classified as heritage oaks.

Heritage oaks are scenic or older oaks under the county definition.

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