Save Glendora’s Foothills

GlendoraThe Sierra Club opposes the development of up to 19 homes in an area of south-facing hillsides in an area of steep slopes in the foothills of Glendora in the San Gabriel Mountains. The project is located at the end of Lone Hill Road.

GlendoraGlendora calls itself the “Pride of the Foothills”. But there is a threat to the foothills that frame of the northern edge of the City — a proposal to allow large homes of 5,000 square feet or more on a ridge that forms the back-drop to the City. Instead of preserving the “Foothills Pride” by protecting the 176 oak trees that are “marked” for destruction along with the native grasslands and oak wood-land, up to 19 homes are planned to rise on 41 acres of the Gordon Mull property. This development would destroy what little open space remains in foothills of the City. Allowing this to happen would destroy a potential area of recreation for local residents and damage the living space for three protected species of plants and animals.

Wouldn’t it be better to protect the view, the living space for plants and animals, and provide a place for local residents to take a quiet stroll, hike trails connecting to the Glendora Conservancy lands, watch birds, ride a horse, or take their dogs for a walk?

The 41-acre property is located on land adjacent to Glendora Conservancy land that is in turn adjacent to the recently created San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Local conservancies are interested in buying the land to create an extension in acreage to the protected open space in our mountains and foothills. This is important because the Los Angeles area is park-poor for residents and our growing population in the San Gabriel Valley.

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What may happen?

  • Scenic views of the Foothills will be lost forever.
  • More people, more traffic, more costs but less open space for current residents.
  • 176 oak trees will possibly be cut down along with other trees and shrub plants.
  • Part of a ridge will be cut for house pads.
  • Open space now used by local residents for quiet strolling, wildlife viewing, taking their dogs for a walk will become part of a gated community.
  • Destruction of habitat inhabited by 3 species protected by Federal or California governments will take place.
  • Noise pollution will carry across the canyons to residents in nearby areas.
  • There is a potential destruction of Native American archaeological sites and artifacts.
  • Homes will be built on land that was included in a proposed National Recreation Area.

What is going on now?

The proposal is working its way through environmental evaluation. Community meetings have been held. A draft environmental statement has been prepared, and comments from interested residents, organizations, and agencies have been submitted to the City. More than 40 groups or individuals have submitted opposition to this project. These comments are currently being reviewed and a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) will be prepared for Glendora.

What we hope to accomplish:

  • To preserve some of the last remaining open space in the Glendora/San Gabriel Mountain foothills.
  • Persuade the owner of the Gordon-Mull property that selling to a conservancy is economically in his best interest and the City that open space is the best use of this land.
  • Convince the City to oppose this development.
  • Create a direct link from the City to the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. This open space connects to the Glendora Wilderness Park and the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

What can you do to save our foothills?

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