I was at the microphone in the hearing room used by the Glendale City zoning administrator during a hearing on a property at 2360 Pennerton Drive. I was trying to represent my homeowners' association by expressing its opposition to a proposal to build on a lot having a 65% slope, which looked like a cliff to me. Four residents who live adjacent to the lot were there. The owner of the lot was also there, along with his architect. We were all intimidated, and probably none of us, least of all me, was very coherent when we spoke to the zoning administrator. Was there a soil report or a stability analysis? How about a geotechnical investigation, whatever that is? Was that done? Had the major concerns by a half-dozen city engineers and other reviewing officers been adequately answered?
The owner of the lot assured the zoning administrator that he would build a beautiful house that would enhance property values in the neighborhood. No one, including the builder, seemed to understand what the city demanded before this project would be allowed to go forward.