The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday denied a developer permission to build 34 luxury tract homes on a hillside in Calabasas.
The panel voted 3 to 2 to deny Watt Pacific of Santa Monica a zoning change and conditional-use and oak permits needed to build the homes--each of which would sell for about $500,000--on a 13.8-acre site near Dardenne Street and Algonaut Drive.
The land is zoned for 1-acre sites. Watt Pacific asked permission to build one home per quarter-acre and to remove 12 oaks and 150,000 cubic yards of dirt.
"I have a hard time understanding why it was denied," said Tom Dee, director of engineering for Watt Pacific. "We've been a year in design on this thing, and we think we've come up with the absolute best design for the area."