The Glendale Planning Commission, citing concerns about potential environmental damage, increased traffic and the risk of fires, this week narrowly rejected a plan to build a 12-house subdivision on a Chevy Chase Canyon hillside.
The commissioners voted 3 to 2 Monday against the proposal by developer Vahan Bezdikian to build the Somerset Estates housing tract on five acres of chaparral- and oak-covered land off Somerset Road. Bezdikian had agreed to dedicate the remaining six acres of his property as open space.
"I'm in no way trying to deny some development" on the site, said Ted Osborn, who with Commissioners Don Pearson and Claudia Rizzo Culling rejected the project. But Osborn said he would prefer "something that is smaller and more sensitive to the area, that accommodates improving . . . traffic and fire control, rather than adding to the problems that exist now."
Commissioners Gary Tobian and Robert McCormick voted in favor of the plan.
City planners recommended approval of the proposed subdivision as long as the developer met 46 conditions, ranging from standard grades for driveways to the widening and improving of Somerset and other roads.