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VOLUME 17 NO. 40VOLUME 17 NO. 40



Subject: Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report 

(Draft EIR) in Compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Project: Proposed Ginkgo Stonehouse 

 Residential Project (TTM No. 65348) at 

 935 & 965 East Grand View Avenue, Sierra Madre, California 91024

NOP Comment Period: End of posting period is 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 by 5:00 PM

Scoping Meeting: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

 (Details Below)

Contact: Vincent Gonzalez

 Director of Planning & Community Preservation Department 

 City of Sierra Madre

 232 West Sierra Madre Boulevard 

 Sierra Madre, CA 91024



Madre is the Lead Agency for this Project and intends to 
prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to comply 
with the requirements of the California Environmental 
Quality Act (CEQA). Pursuant to the CEQA Guidelines Section 
15082, after a Lead Agency decides an EIR is required, 
a Notice of Preparation (NOP) describing the project and its 
potential environmental effects shall be prepared.

Project Applicant: Ginkgo Stonehouse, LLC

Project Location: The Project site is in the northeastern portion 
of the City of Sierra Madre within Los Angeles County, 
near the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Project 
site is located north of East Grand View Avenue; west of 
Liliano Drive/Stone House Road; east of Valle Vista Drive; 
and south of the northeastern terminus of Camillo Street/
Stonehouse Road. The Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APNs) 
associated with the Project site are 5764-001-017 and 5764-
001-018; and the associated street addresses are 935 and 965
East Grand View Avenue, Sierra Madre, California 91024.

Project Description: The Project would require approval of 
a Tentative Tract Map (TTM) to allow for the development 
of 9 single-family detached lots on approximately 9 acres 
of land.

Requested Actions: 

The Project Applicant is requesting that the City take the 
following actions:

• Tentative Tract Map Approval - The City’s General 
Plan designates the Project site R-H (Residential-Hillside). 
The R-H designation allows one dwelling unit per lot
consisting of a maximum of two stories and 25 feet. The
Project would require approval of a Tentative Tract Map
(TTM) to allow for the development of 9 single-family detached 

 Initial Study: Pursuant to 14 CCR §§ 15060(d), 
15063(a), an Initial Study was not prepared because this 
Project was determined by the City to require an Environmental 
Impact Report.

Environmental Topics: 

The City expects that the EIR would evaluate potential 
impacts associated with Aesthetics, Agriculture/Forestry, 
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Energy, 
Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards/
Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/
Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, 
Public Services, Recreation, Transportation, Tribal Cultural 
Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, and Wildfire.

Public Review Period: 

The City has made this Notice of Preparation (NOP) available 
for public review and comment pursuant to California 
Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15082(a). The comment 
period for the NOP begins October 9, 2023 and ends 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 by 5:00 PM.

Agencies, Organizations, and Interested Parties 

This notice commences a thirty-day review 

period during which the City welcomes and will consider 
all written comments regarding potential environmental impacts 
of the Project and issues to be addressed in the EIR. 
Comment(s) should be submitted by November 8, 2023. If 
you are commenting on behalf of an agency or organization, 
please indicate a contact person for your agency or organization. 
Please direct your comments to Vincent Gonzalez, 
Director of Planning and Community Preservation Department, 
City of Sierra Madre, 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard, 
Sierra Madre, CA 91024; (626) 355-7138; vgonzalez@cityofsierramadre.

Scoping Meeting: 

A Scoping Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 
2023 at the Hart Park House Senior Center located at 222 
West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024 for those 
interested in learning about the Project. A brief presentation 
will begin at 5:30 PM followed by an open house format 
where attendees may view displays and discuss the Project 
with the Applicant, CEQA Consultant, and City Staff. Attendees 
may join the meeting at any time to accommodate 
schedules. The meeting will conclude at 7:30 PM. Comments 
will be accepted during the meeting in written form.

Document Availability: 

Documents related to this Project are available for review 
during regular business hours at the City of Sierra Madre 
Planning and Community Preservation Department, 232 W. 
Sierra Madre Boulevard, and on the City of Sierra Madre 
Website at: http://cityofsierramadre.com/news/

The long awaited renovation of the Sierra Madre Library is finally underway. 
While contstruction is going on, the Library will move to a temporary location. 
As a result, patrons are encouraged to check out books before Saturday, 
October 14, 2023. After that date, the moving will begin. 

All items checked out at that time will have an extended due date until they 
reopen in December.

The Library will be moving from their current location to the old Bank of 
America building at 350 W Sierra Madre Blvd. (Pictured above). That will 
remain the temporary home of the library for up to two years while the renovation 
of the 440 W Sierra Madre Blvd building is underway.

The library is encouraging the public to check out as many items as they’d 
like until we temporarily close. Only half of the library’s current collection 
will be relocated to the Temporary Library. The other half will go into storage 
until the construction project is completed.

While in their temporary location Library services will continue digitally. 
“We may not be able to answer the phone or respond to text or email, but 
ebooks and audiobooks can still be checked out on the Libby app, magazines 
and newspapers checked out through PressReader, and movies can be 
streamed through our Kanopy app. Patrons can also pass the time by learning 
a new language with the Mango app, taking a class with Coursera, brushing 
up on studying with Brainfuse, and even mastering a new career skill with 
LinkedIn Learning. All of these digital services and more are currently available 
on our catalog under ‘electronic resources’, says Leila Regan, Librarian.

Thanks to the diligent efforts of our City Librarian, Leila Regan, the California 
State Library on behalf of the State of California has extended the grant to 
match our current Building Forward Infrastructure grant. This allows a total 
of $10,669,210 to be expended by March 31, 2026. 

The City of Sierra Madre is looking at breaking ground at the Library located 
at 440 W Sierra Madre Blvd. in January or February 2024, though internal 
demolition may start much sooner. MVNews

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