A state parks agency has agreed to accept 440 acres of a scenic canyon in the hills above Tarzana from a developer preparing to build a tract of expensive homes.
The gift of land in Caballero Canyon is one condition imposed by the city on the developer of the 178-home Mulholland Park subdivision along a southerly extension of Reseda Boulevard.
Another--extending Reseda Boulevard and paving a small stretch of Mulholland Drive--is worrying some neighbors and environmentalists. They say it could be the beginning of a road for trash trucks to the proposed landfill sites in Sullivan and Rustic canyons south of Mulholland that are owned by the county sanitation districts.
But the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy voted to accept the parkland gift, which will increase that agency's holdings near the Mulholland crest to more than 800 acres.
The agency already owns a 382-acre tract to the west of the Caballero Canyon property, which is expected to be deeded to the conservancy this summer. With the addition, state holdings in the area--including the 9,000-acre Topanga and Will Rogers state parks--will form about a 10,000-acre swath of parkland from the San Fernando Valley to Malibu and Pacific Palisades.