Several Crescenta Valley Town Council candidates on Wednesday called for more limitations on the height and size of residential developments in the unincorporated areas.
The La Crescenta-Montrose Community Standards District, enforced by the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Department, applies only to commercial and multi-family units. But the recent construction of several large homes has made it clear that the limitations should be extended to include single-family homes, the candidates said.
A controversial new house at Briggs and Panorama avenues is too big and too visible, they said, and its impact on the neighborhood could have been reduced if the height and size limitations had been in place for such projects.
"The Panorama thing would be more palatable if the trees were still there," incumbent Charles Beatty said.
Large homes can actually help increase property values, said candidate Harry Leon, a La Crescenta-based plumber and small businessman. But steps have to be taken to ensure they complement the community, he added.