To best inform the public about the potential impacts of the project, we conducted an environmental study and a traffic impact study in accordance with the City’s standards. While not mandated or required by law, these studies were funded and made available to provide Calabasas residents with an abundance of information on potential project impacts. ESA Services and LLG Engineers – the widely respected firms who completed the studies – both serve as consultants to the City of Calabasas.  

Environmental Study

ESA’s study reviewed 21 areas of environmental review, spanning aesthetics and air quality to cultural resources and noise impacts. In addressing the environmental questions outlined in CEQA, ESA’s study concluded that the project would create zero adverse impacts on the environment.

“In its General Plan, the City of Calabasas lays out a vision to continue to be a low-intensity, primarily residential community nestled in an environmental setting. The City places a high priority on the preservation of its rural and open spaces by ensuring the density of projects is limited. No open space would be affected as the Project would be built entirely on already developed land, and the rural Calabasas feel would be maintained through the addition of a cohesive landscape plan featuring native species and the addition of over 350 new trees.”

Traffic Study

LLG Engineers studied a total of 11 intersections to identify any traffic impacts the project would cause. Using impact criteria from the City of Calabasas, County of Los Angeles, and Caltrans, the traffic study concluded that none of the 11 study intersections would be significantly impacted by the projected project traffic. While no significant impacts were found, incremental impacts were noted as would be expected from any construction project. In all, the project would add 74 AM peak hour trips and 90 PM peak hour trips. For context, the most recently proposed project to the City (West Village at Calabasas), estimated 232 AM peak hour trips and 173 PM peak hour trips. 

A supplemental analysis was conducted for the Los Hills Road / Meadow Creek Lane intersection to determine if traffic signal installation may be warranted. This supplemental analysis concluded the small incremental increase in trips did not warrant signal installation.

Conclusion

Rigorous environmental and transportation review concluded the project would not result in significant impacts in any of the following review areas:

  • Aesthetics
  • Agriculture & Forestry Services
  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Energy
  • Geology/Soils
  • GHG Emissions
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hydrology / Water Quality
  • Land Use / Planning
  • Mineral Resources
  • Noise
  • Population / Housing
  • Public Services
  • Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Tribal Cultural Resources
  • Utilities
  • Wildfire