Frequently Asked Questions & Documents

What is Hidden Creeks Estates & Preserve?
Where is the project located?
Where is the entrance to Hidden Creeks?
What is the schedule for this project?
Is this an equestrian community?
What will happen to existing trails for hiking and horses?
How will the creeks be protected?
Will Hidden Creeks have dedicated open space? How much will be preserved?
Will trails be open during construction and grading?
What are you doing about water supply?
How are you going to mitigate air quality issues during construction?
What is the project's current status? What work has been done so far?
What issues did the EIR raise?
What about traffic?
I'm concerned about run-offs and odors from the equestrian facility. What will be done to address these concerns?

What is Hidden Creeks Estates & Preserve?

Hidden Creeks Estates & Preserve is a new, proposed community adjacent to Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. The gated community will be situated on 285 acres and will feature luxury homes, including equestrian lots, an equestrian facility, and a community park with youth sports fields designed for public use. In addition, nearly 50% of the property will be preserved as publicly accessible open space and parks.

Where is the project located?

Hidden Creeks is bounded by Brown's Canyon Road on the west, Porter Ranch on the east, and the convergence of Mormon Creek and Brown's Canyon Creek to the south. The project is currently located in unincorporated Los Angeles County, but is proposed to be annexed into the City of Los Angeles.

Where is the entrance to Hidden Creeks?

The entry to Hidden Creeks will be past the new public park, via an extension to Mason Avenue -- a new city road planned to be constructed by the developer.

What is the schedule for this project?

We expect the public review process to begin later this year. With project approval in 2013 initial grading and site preparation, including the park, can begin by 2014. When grading is complete, the equestrian center will be redeveloped. Home construction is expected to be underway in 2014-15, and will continue for a number of years.

Is this an equestrian community?

There will be substantial benefits to the area's equestrian community. In addition to the 25 equestrian lots, Hidden Creeks will incorporate many equestrian amenities for public use. These include an updated equestrian center, accommodations for horse trailers to access the regional trail system, and public entry to equestrian trails.

What will happen to existing trails for hiking and horses?

Trails will stay intact. The equestrian center will provide links to public access equestrian trails along the east and west sides of the community, providing a connection to existing trails in the Michael Antonovich Parkland to the north.

How will the creeks be protected?

Homes will be clustered in the center of the property, with average house-to-creek setbacks of over 400 feet, thus preserving and protecting the areas around Mormon and Brown's Canyon creeks that are also part of the public open space. During construction, there will be debris fencing to protect the creeks.

Will Hidden Creeks have dedicated open space? How much will be preserved?

114 acres will be set aside as the Preserve -- dedicated open space. Areas around Mormon and Brown's Canyon Creeks also will become part of the public open space, enhancing and connecting with existing hiking trails. And the equestrian trail system and newly developed sports park also will be part of the open space.

Will trails be open during construction and grading?

We anticipate trails will be open during grading and construction. By clustering homes in the property's center, we can minimize grading and protect the natural terrain.

What are you doing about water supply?

Hidden Creeks Estates and Preserve will secure new water supplies to meet all of the project needs (household, landscape, equestrian, and miscellaneous). The new water supply will supplement the City of Los Angeles' existing supplies. The supply will be provided in accordance with the requirements of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and will be delivered to the project site through the Department's water supply system.

How are you going to mitigate air quality issues during construction?

Dust from grading is the primary cause of air quality impacts, which will be controlled with measures required by the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), including watering roadways and graded areas, maintaining perimeter fencing and covering hauling trucks.

What is the project's current status?
What work has been done so far?

Hidden Creeks Estates & Preserve has filed the appropriate applications with the city and county. As part of the project's planning, representatives of Hidden Creeks have met with local neighborhood councils, as well as numerous other community organizations. Their early input has helped shape the design of the development and the public use facilities. In addition, a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared. Additional public meetings and hearings will provide the community with opportunities to be involved in the review and approval process. Upon project approval, the new community will be included within the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council jurisdiction.

What issues did the EIR raise?

All environmental impacts have been detailed with full mitigation measures in the EIR. Forestar has incorporated numerous public comments during the EIR's circulation. The issues raised in the EIR are standard for this type of project and include grading, water supply, equestrian lots, creek beds and construction impacts (trucks, Brown's Canyon entrance, air quality). The city has confirmed that the EIR is ready for certification and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to enter into a water and power agreement. Preservation of adjacent open space and potential impacts were considered and mitigation measures identified.

What about traffic?

A final traffic study has been approved for inclusion in the EIR, and concludes that there are NO significant traffic impacts to the neighboring Porter Ranch community, with no reduction in service at nearby intersections, including at Mason and Rinaldi Avenues.

I'm concerned about run-offs and odors from the equestrian facility.
What will be done to address these concerns?

The location of the equestrian facility is designed to promote the public welfare by centrally concentrating odors, run-off and other derivatives of equestrian uses in an area that will have the least impact on new residents and the surrounding community. Central equestrian facilities often enable improved environmental management practices. Since the entire site is buffered by open space, the facility will have minimal negative impacts on the surrounding community.