The state Supreme Court has refused to intercede in a suit by residents of the Verdugo Woodlands area in Glendale seeking to block new developments with densities greater than would be allowed under a proposed zoning ordinance.
The state court action resulted from a request by the Verdugo Woodlands Homeowners and Residents Assn. for an immediate restraining order prohibiting the city from granting new building permits for high-density development in areas expected to be "downzoned."
The homeowners' group in March filed suit against the city and developers to halt what they charge is a rush by builders to begin construction of apartment and condominium projects with more units than may be permitted once the city adopts comprehensive new zoning laws.
The Supreme Court ruling last week means that the matter will be returned to the Los Angeles Superior Court, where a trial is not expected to be heard for at least six months. The Superior Court last month rescinded an earlier restraining order, and homeowners are appealing that decision before the Los Angeles Appellate Court.