Protect Open Space Land in Coldwater Canyon

The Harvard-Westlake School has proposed a massive development on the Westside of Coldwater Canyon, in the hills south of Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.

This project would carve out 135,000 cubic yards of hillside and destroy over 150 protected oak and walnut trees to build a 200,000 sq ft, 3 story private parking garage with a 90' retaining wall (will be the largest of its kind in Los Angeles), a lighted football size field on top, and a private bridge over Coldwater, a designated scenic highway.  

We do not support the urbanization of this open space land - land which has been designated for conservation.  The proposed project is grossly out of character with the natural hillside environment, and not consistent with the site's current zoning and land use.  If approved, it would set a terrible precedent for any development not only within the Santa Monica Mountains, but in all residential communities.  The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Hillside Federation, the Sierra Club, CLAW (Citizens for LA Wildlife) the Studio City Residents Association, and the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association have all recognized the significant adverse biological and visual impact this project would have. 

We urge our Studio City and City of Los Angeles representatives to join the neighborhood in recognizing the importance of open space land in Coldwater Canyon!  Tell the school to confine their development to the East side of Coldwater on their existing footprint – maintaining the integrity of the Open Space and single-family, residentially-zoned land on the West side of Coldwater Canyon. 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Councilmember Paul Krekorian
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Director of Planning, LA City Planning Department
    Director of Planning, LA City Planning Dept Vince Bertoni
  • Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • Councilmember David Ryu


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