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Missing Parcel 'Folded Into' Neighboring Land

County plans to release report next week.

Posted: March 5, 2008 5:46 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
County planners reviewing the ownership of the Las Lomas property, including a parcel of land left out of their initial assessment, are preparing to update their findings.

The revised assessment remains essentially the same - six parcels of land owned by the Las Lomas Land Co., LLC, and six parcels owned by R. Fred McHaddad and his wife, Janet, of Van Nuys. However, it now includes a parcel of land not mentioned in their report released Feb. 27.

The parcel of land that sits at the northeast corner of the trailer park on The Old Road, between Calgrove Boulevard and the Michael D. Antonovich Open Space Preserve, is explained in the county's revised report as land redefined as part of a larger portion.

In 2003, Las Lomas developer Dan S. Palmer listed the parcel (identified by its tax assessor number APN 2827 028 004) as one of 14 parcels belonging to the Las Lomas Land Co.

That parcel of land, which sits strategically between two larger lots, was not listed on the county's review of Las Lomas property. The revised review is expected to be released next week.

Christina Suipac of the Assessor's office, explained Tuesday that the previously unlisted parcel had been included in the initial report but that it had been "folded into" a larger piece of land.

"The parcel 028-004 is actually 029-005," said Suipac. "And, that is part of a larger parcel, folded into 029-016."

Reconfiguring parcels of land and lumping smaller lots into a larger one is a regular practice among developers and has become part of Palmer's strategy for developing his hillside community of 5,800 housing units.

In November, his company submitted a proposal to the county's Department of Regional Planning, naming Las Lomas as both the owner and the applicant, requesting: "A reversion to acreage to merge 14 deed created parcels into one parcel of 555 gross acres."

On Feb. 8, The Signal reported, however, that 215 of those 555 acres actually belong to the McHaddads.
On Feb. 12, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors endorsed a motion made by Supervisor Michael Antonovich, calling on top planners to find the legal owners of the Las Lomas property.

The Signal has since learned that Palmer is looking at ways to expand his property around the planned development and has entered into a separate agreement to purchase the land next door to Las Lomas.
Milton Goffman, who owns and operates The Camelot Riding Club on the south side of Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard, also owns 11 acres bordering Las Lomas on the north side.

"(Palmer) has first refusal rights to buy the property if I sell it," Goffman told The Signal Tuesday. "But, our business has been doing well. So, we won't be selling the property for a while."

Goffman said he and his wife bought the 11 acres in 1977 and cleared its steep, hilly terrain on their own.
"We did it on a shoestring," he said. "And Palmer's not working on a shoestring. He's got a lot of shoes."

Asked about the impact Las Lomas would have on his riding club, Goffman said it pales compared to the impact the proposed 21,000 housing units the Newhall Ranch project will bring.

"With Newhall Ranch, there will be an extra 67,000 new motorists traveling through here. Mr. Palmer wants to put in a (Metrolink) station. Traffic won't bottle up on the south end (of Las Lomas)," he said, noting traffic bound for Los Angeles wouldn't need to go through the pass.

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