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Metro’s North San Fernando Valley BRT Project, Property Value in the Northridge West Area and More

Rana Sharif, VP of Outreach and Communication

Last Tuesday Northridge West Neighborhood Council held its monthly General Board Meeting. With a packed room and an equally packed agenda, stakeholders and board members went straight to work. Several stakeholders attended the meeting voicing their opinions during public comments regarding Metro’s proposal for the bus rapid transit (BRT) project (see pictures). While NWNC has yet to make a Community Impact Statement on the matter, we welcome stakeholders to voice their positions on the project at future meetings. To learn more about the proposed project, visit Metro’s website here.

In response to the proposed project, LA Metro is hosting several informational meetings where stakeholders are welcome to attend, learn about the project, and ask questions:

  • Thursday, August 8th 5:30–7:30pm
    Laurel Hall School, Cafeteria
    11919 Oxnard St, North Hollywood 91606
  • Saturday, August 10, 11:00am–1:00pm
    Plaza Del Valle Community Room
    8160 Van Nuys Bl, Panorama City 91402
  • Monday, August 12, 6–8pm
    CSUN Orange Grove Bistro
    1811 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91325

In addition, the board and stakeholders heard a presentation by Dario Alvarez of Pacific Urbanism. Mr. Alvarez shared a recent study complied by the organization examining recent housing trends in Northridge West. The data he presented reflected a decline in the median household income, a growth in population, and a relatively steady level of dwellings in our region. You can read the study here and view his presentation here.

The board also welcomed and voted in Abigail “Abby” Bailes to fill the Community Interest Stakeholder  vacant position on the board. On her newly elected position, Abby shares, “I am grateful to have ability to volunteer my time to serve on the Board of the North West Neighborhood Council as the Community Interest Stakeholder.  I strive for excellence in all my endeavors and I will bring both my personal and professional experiences, to make my service on our Neighborhood Council a success.” Congratulations and welcome, Abby!

Newly elected board member Kelly Sooter, took to Nextdoor to survey our neighbors for suggested pothole repairs. She presented a recommended list for review and a board vote. The recommended list of pothole repair sites will be submitted to the City for fixing. For the complete list, check here.

Chair of Public, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee, Lloyd Dent discussed LA City Department of City Planning Case #ZA 2017-5228-ZV: Application for Conditional Use Permit for Zone Variance for a proposed project at 19500 Plummer Street. In addition, representatives from the project were present and shared their proposed plan to open a fitness center in the shopping center. Public, Land, Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will be meeting on July 24th at 7:00 pm at the Northridge Recreation Center.

Finally, the Outreach and Communication (OCC) Committee has been busy working on a collaborative endeavor with other local Neighborhood Councils. Northridge West is excited to be partnering with four other Neighborhood Councils, Northridge East, Granada Hills South, Granada Hills North, and Porter Ranch for a Town Hall event featuring CD 12 Candidates Loraine Lundquist and John Lee ahead of the August run-off election. The town hall will take place Saturday, July 20th at 1:00 pm in Highlander Hall at Granada Hills Charter High School. For more information and to RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page here or on Facebook here.  The Outreach and Communication Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, July 16th at 1:00 pm at the Northridge Recreation Center.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@northridgewestnc) on Facebook (@northridgewest) and always online, https://www.northridgewest.org. If you have any questions about this article, would like to get more involved with NWNC, feel free to reach out to Rana Sharif ().

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