Woodland Hills “Panel of Visionaries” Draws SRO Crowd

The Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council took on the tough topics at Saturday’s Community Forum “The Destiny of the West Valley.”

Over 300 people went standing room only at Kaiser’s Auditorium as the ”panel of visionaries” challenged the community to think about what makes a great neighborhood, one with walkable streets, complete and effective mass transit, park-once concepts, circulators and people movers, sustainable infrastructure, simply…GREATNESS!

Joyce Pearson, Chair of the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council, took the lead saying “It’s up to us, we must come together with a vision for the future. We must think about what makes a great neighborhood, what makes a great street, what makes a great community and we must partner to make it a reality. After all, this is our home.”

Denny Zane of Urban Dimensions spoke of his success with the Third Street Promenade and spoke of funding proposals and strategies that would fund an effective and complete mass transit system.

Bart Reed, Executive Director of the Transit Coalition, offered transit innovations and options that included people movers, horizontal elevators and circulators to make getting our of the car a viable choice.

Larry Smith, Executive Director of North East Trees, spoke of establishing a new standard for infrastructure, Green Way LA, ensuring that all improvements utilize nature to integrate water reclamation and sustainable elements to our neighborhood.

Councilmembers Zine and Greuel opened the session, Supervisor Yaraslavsky wrapped, and the Forum concluded with a room full of fired up community leaders, all wanting to know “What’s next? What’s next?”

The answer? The NC is off and running, now working with City Planning, City Leadership, the Warner Center Association and the Pat Smith Urban Design Team on the Warner Center Specific Plan Update and drawing the community into the process for establishing a new standard for Urban Design and community partnership.

First Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 5:30 pm at Kaiser Auditorium. 5601 De Soto Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.

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