Chances for city approval of what would be Glendale's largest housing subdivision faded this week when a compromise road-building proposal was rejected by City Council.
The council on Tuesday upheld a requirement that developers of the planned 588-unit Hensler-MacDonald subdivision build a full road through the San Rafael Hills to connect the subdivision with the Glendale Freeway, extending to Chevy Chase Canyon. The developer had hoped to swing one crucial council vote by offering to build a limited-access emergency road instead of a full road.
Another vote is expected next week on a zoning change, which requires at least four favorable votes. But two of the five council members have said they will not approve the change.
Councilwoman Ginger Bremberg said she likes the subdivision because it would preserve 213 acres of the 316-acre development as open space. She said she objects, however, to building a full road through the mountains because she fears it could encourage speeding and vandalism. She said she would vote for the project only if a narrow road with limited access were required.