AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“The project is good, but I feel there was still some room to negotiate the development agreement,” Planning Commission Chairman John Mayfield said. “Rather than kill the project, we wanted to send it forward and let them relook at it. I think it’s something that works for the city, developer and community.” The commission at Thursday night’s meeting voted 4-0 to approve the town house and condo projects that are proposed south of Rancho Vista Boulevard, west of 30th Street West. “We are pleased the city recognizes the fact that there’s a need for this kind of housing,” Eliopulos said. “We feel confident that something will come out of this for both sides.” Two people from the public spoke in favor of the project at the meeting, one against, officials said. The resident who voiced opposition to the project was concerned that investors might buy the units and rent them out, officials said. PALMDALE – Planning commissioners approved a developer’s plan to build 429 town houses and condominiums instead of a 285-unit apartment complex that was opposed by homeowners and school officials. The commission put off for a month a decision on whether to grant an extension to a development agreement that would save developer Andrew J. Eliopulos as much as $8 million in government fees. Planning staffers had recommended denying the request in part because the agreement, adopted in 1988 and extended for five years in 2003, has an outdated fee structure. The extra time will allow Eliopulos to meet with city administrators to see whether they can come up with a new agreement that would satisfy both sides. Eliopulos had originally wanted to build apartments on 12.3 acres, but he has since acquired 25 adjacent acres that he says will allow him to build a less densely populated, more desirable project. Under the development agreement’s current fee schedule, Eliopulos would pay park and traffic-impact fees totaling $167,545. Without the agreement, fees would increase to nearly $9 million and would also include impact fees for drainage, fire service and public facilities, a city staff report said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!