Call to Action : HW Development at Weddington Golf and Tennis

Harvard-Westlake Development at Weddington Golf and Tennis
Notice of Preparation (NOP) issued by the Planning Department of the Harvard-Westlake Development on the Weddington Golf and Tennis site.
Comment NOW and continue through October 30th.
Direct your Comments to: Kimberly Henry
or write:
Kimberly Henry
City of Los Angeles Department of Planning
221 N, Figueroa, Street, Room 1350
Los Angeles, Ca 90012
To view the NOP Click here: HW Notice of Preparation (NOP)  .
To view the Details of the plan Click here:  Initial Study.pdf
ACTION:  Between now and October 30th, file your comments with planning (Note, there will be other opportunities to file comments. This is the first round)
ACTION: On October 19th – 5:30PM – log onto the Virtual Scoping hearing (Instruction are given in the NOP document)
Sample Comment Below:
Limited Public Access on many purposes.
The public space of approximately 5 acres is not contiguous. It is primarily a walking path on the perimeter of the property. The project would reduce the number of 16 tennis courts to 8 that can only be used by the public when not in use by Harvard-Westlake. Other facilities are not for public use. Make this project a true “River Park”. Increase Open Space to 8 acres of parkland.
This is a residential neighborhood and the project will generate an inordinate amount of noise from the middle school and high school sports activities and from spectators. The project will have: Two athletic fields with 743 spectator seats; Olympic swimming pool, with 348 spectator seats; Multipurpose gym with 1,026 spectator seats. This project needs to be reduced to no spectator seating, one ballfield, no pool and the 116,500 sq.ft. Gym eliminated.
Parking for 2,217 spectator plus an unknown number of staff and students participating in sports activities. With only 532 parking spaces will cause havoc in the residential neighborhood and along the commercial corridor of Ventura Blvd.
The two entrances to parking facilities are both located on Whitsett Avenue. North and South of the Fire station. This would result in traffic congestion in and around the Fire Station entrance blocking emergency response vehicles from exiting and entering the station. North of Ventura to the proposed garage there are at least 5 existing entry points onto Whitsett.  This is the wrong project in the wrong area.
Harvard-Westlake project has applied for Special Events to be held throughout the year that go beyond stated hours. Special Events will go past 6:00 pm, which is “beyond the standard hours of operation” on weekends. Harvard-Westlake is applying to exceed the 30-foot height limit for light poles to have 15 poles at 50 ft. high, 6 poles at 60 ft. high, and 3 poles at 80 ft. high. There should be no Special Events permitted and no exemption to the zoned height limits.  
The Harvard-Westlake development would require excavation and grading of the Project Site to a maximum depth of approximately 21 feet below grade and a net cut/fill volume of approximately 250,000 cubic yards. 200 mature trees will be cut down to accommodate this carnage to the land.  The Harvard-Westlake development will blanket cut down a large number of Blue Gum Eucalyptus. Blue Gum of limited invasiveness, is excellent for carbon sequestration, lives for over 400-600 years, provides excellent wildlife habitat, control particulate pollution, provide sound control, and are excellent at slowing water run-off. This property is critical to the annual migration of the birds. It is also a major nesting site for local species.
8 of the current 16 tennis courts will be removed.  The eight courts remaining will be available to the Valley neighborhood community but only when these courts are not are not being used by Harvard Westlake or other guests. Limited use of eight courts is no benefit to the community. Why cannot sixteen tennis courts be Harvard Westlake with its neighbors? These courts have been used since the 1950’s by tennis enthusiasts from Studio City and throughout Southern California. It is a serious loss to the community when 50% of the tennis courts are being destroyed.  Quote from the United States Tennis Association:  “Southern California has always been synonymous with tennis. Participating in tennis comes with many health and fitness benefits. Playing competitively burns more calories than some other popular exercises, including aerobics.” It is imperative that 16 tennis courts open to the public be maintained.
The Gym is not 80,249 sq. ft. as is stated by them. When the size of the basement is added, the size of the building is increased by 45% To 116.530 sq.feet. An extra 36,281 sq. feet in area to be excavated below ground. They are permitted to state the smaller figure at 80,249 sq. ft. because the Zoning Code doesn’t require them to include the basement space. But the building is too massive. It is too big and too massive. It must be eliminated or at least reduced by half along with removing the spectator seating. The 30 ft height limitation must be adhered to.
Harvard-Westlake’s development includes a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, locker rooms, restrooms, changing rooms, and diving boards. Plus 348 permanent spectator seats. The plan is to have competitions on this site. This will be totally disruptive to the residential neighborhood surrounding this site. During swim meets parking and traffic will be uncontrollable. The spectator seating must be removed and the pool reduced to 25-meter as is the standard for most high schools
Athletic Fields
Harvard-Westlake filed an application for a permit for a 500 car parking garage and one football/soccer/.Lacrosse field on Coldwater Canyon. The application was withdrawn. And the Weddington site was acquired evidently in place of the Coldwater project. But this project was expanded to include a two fields with a 6 lane track surrounding one of the fields, 14 flood lights between 50 and 80 feet tall, 116,500 sq. ft. gym, an Olympic size swimming pool, 6,499 sq. ft. in ancillary buildings, spectator seating. The Weddington project should be reduces to the size of the project as originally planned for Coldwater Canyon.
Water Reclamation
The Harvard-Westlake plan of Water Reclamation has abandoned the Department of Sanitation approve study to capture 200 acres of dry runoff, filter and clean through the Weddington site to discharge the cleaned water directly into the Los Angeles River and instead will capture only 39 acres of dry runoff. In this time of drought and Climate Change, the approved plan must be considered and implemented.