POMONA >> Almost two months after first taking up the matter, Pomona City Council members will hold a public hearing Monday involving a proposal to build a 14-unit condominium development along the 1100 block of South San Antonio Avenue that has some neighborhood residents worried.
The conflict involves whether the two-story development will cast a shadow over — and harm — a half-acre garden sometimes referred to as The Farm.
A new site plan that city officials say greatly reduces the shadow will be discussed Monday.
The project was first heard by the City Council on June 19.
It landed on the council’s plate after developer Mary Golbakhsh appealed the city Planning Commission couldn’t muster the four votes to pass the proposal.
At the June 19 meeting, adjoining property owner Rishi Kumar and other supporters told the council that the development would harm the half-acre garden – particularly in the winter, when the shadow cast would prevent him from using half his garden.
Golbakhsh has said the initial proposal would have created a shadow on Kumar’s property, but not to an extent it would harm the garden.
The garden, in the rear yard of Kumar’s property, produces numerous vegetables and fruits, part of which is shared with local food pantries.
Council members held off on making a decision in June, with the goal of giving the two sides time to meet and possibly work out a compromise.
Since then, both sides have met, said Mark Lazzaretto, Pomona’s development services director. Lazzaretto was not present at those meetings.
The developer recently submitted a new site plan.
Changes include the relocation of a…
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