As a follow-up to yesterdays "Black Monday in Sunland-Tujunga" post, here is the text of the letter Councilmember Wendy Greuel has sent to the City Attorney;
From: Wendy Greuel , Councilmember 2nd District
To: Jeri Burge, Assistant City Attorney
Re: Proposed Sunland Home Depot Store
Dear Ms. Burge:
This morning, the Department of Building and Safety issued building permits for the
property at 8040 Foothill Blvd. in the Sunland part of my district. The permits allow the remodeling of a former K-Mart store for use as a Home Depot store. In order for these permits to be issued, City staff was required to make two specific findings: 1) that the Home Depot use is substantially the same as the K-Mart use, thereby avoiding a Change of Use process and 2) that the proposed tenant improvements did not constitute a "Project" as defined in the Foothill Blvd. Corridor Specific Plan, thereby avoiding a Project Permit Compliance process.
I have received comments from my constituents to the effect that Home Depot's
operations are sufficiently different from K-Mart's operations so as to constitute a
Change of Use. I have also received comments which contend that the proposed tenant
improvements are sufficient to constitute a "Project" as defined in the Specific Plan.
Accordingly, I would appreciate it if you would review these two findings and advise me as to whether you believe the staffs interpretations of City regulations were consistent with applicable law.
Very Truly Yours,
You can read the .pdf version here
Our thanks to Wendy and a personal thanks to Mayor Sam for indulging me in this matter!