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Hillcrest Drive Landslide Repair (Archived)

Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study. Bel Air-Beverly Crest Community Plan area. CD 5. The proposed project would stabilize a landslide area on a hillside above Hillcrest Drive near the intersection with North Beverly Drive in the City of Los Angeles. The project site is in the Franklin Canyon area of the south flank of the Santa Monica Mountains and is on twelve unimproved parcels owned by the City of Los Angeles. Hillcrest Drive below the project site is currently unimproved. The landslide at the project site reactivated in the 1990's and deposited debris onto Hillcrest Drive behind several residences that front North Beverly Drive. The City purchased the property onto which debris had been deposited and constructed a debris wall along and catchment basin on the down slope side of the lower part of Hillcrest Drive. The landslide reactivated again during heavy rains in 2005 and debris was deposited behind the catchment basin. The current project is the result of litigation.

The project would stabilize the landslide area by removing debris, grading the slope and constructing drainage terraces. The landslide debris would be exported from the project site to an off-site location. Once the landslide debris is removed, the resultant slope would be graded to have a gradient no steeper than 2:1 (horizontal to vertical). Eight-foot wide drainage terraces would be constructed at 25-foot vertical intervals. When grading is completed, the site would be planted with drought tolerant native vegetation. An initial study and mitigated negative declaration have been prepared to assess potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. Mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project to ensure that any impacts are reduced to a less than significant level.

The public review period for the initial study ended on October 31, 2011. The initial study/mitigated negative declaration and project were considered by the Board of Public Works on May 11, 2012. The City Council adopted the mitigated negative declaration and approved the project on May 29, 2012. The council file can be viewed at Council File 12-0718.

If you have any questions, please contact Norman Mundy at (213) 485-5737 or via e-mail at

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Review Status Public Review Period
Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study Closed September 30, 2011 - October 31, 2011
Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration    
Notice of Determination