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Glendale annexes 865 acres, approves controversial housing development

Glendale annexed the 865-acre Allen Ranches property this week, the city’s second-largest addition in 25 years, and approved a controversial housing development within it.

Southwest Valley residents who opposed increasing the allowed density on the 250-acre housing development within Allen Ranches won a victory earlier this month when the Glendale Planning Commission rejected the developer’s request for increased housing density. That victory was short-lived, however, as the Planning Commission’s action on the density change is only a suggestion to City Council, which has final say. Council disagreed with the Planning Commission and voted unanimously approved an increase from a maximum of 2.5 homes per acre to 3.5 homes per acre. The developer can now build the 760 homes it had planned instead of the 625-home maximum it would have been reduced to under the Planning Commission’s recommendation. Read more