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An Agoura Hills developer wants another shot at building 117 homes on 292.5 acres in rural Leona Valley.

Valley Vineyards is envisioned as a community of single-family homes on 2.5-acre lots (net) surrounded by gravevines. About 10 miles from Palmdale, it would be bounded by Bouquet Canyon Road on the east and 87th Street West on the west.

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission said “no” in June 2011. Commissioners expressed concerns about the clustering of homes, water supply, traffic, wastewater treatment and grading. Some 2.3 million cubic yards of earth would be moved, and the 117 homes would be clustered on 50 acres of the property.

The developer is Valley Vineyards LLC, which is managed by Lauren Development Inc., whose principals are Bill Ford and John Allday.

They’re asking the Board of Supervisors to overturn the Planning Commission’s denial. Michael D. Antonovich, the supervisor who represents the area, is recommending that the Planning Commission take another look at it.

In its appeal, the developer’s attorney (Peter J. Gutierrez of Latham & Watkins) claims that even though environmental documents weren’t complete, the Planning Commission “proceeded to improperly evaluate the impacts of the project in making its determination to deny the project.”

Gutierrez’s application for appeal says the developer “expressed its willingness to work with staff” during the hearing to resolve concerns about density and an on-site wastewater treatment facility.

“The applicant has agreed to redesign the project to address staff’s concerns,” it said.

Antonovich is asking his fellow supervisors to agree to send the application back to the Planning Commission “with instructions to reconsider the project after the applicant has worked with county staff to come up with an appropriate redesign of the project to address county and community concerns.

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  1. 117 lots are way too many for the area and staff recommended about 85 lots as I recall. VV still has not complied.

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