AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Calling for “elegant growth” in a 2,600-acre “selected study area” of Sun Valley, the plan envisions a community with cleaner businesses, medium-density housing, a technical-arts high school and more trails and parkways.But it also emphasizes keeping businesses and industry in Sun Valley, arguing that businesses as necessary sources of employment and that they should be close to where workers live.City Councilman Tony C?rdenas, who represents most of the area, welcomed the report. But he said developers will need to contribute to make it happen.“Hopefully, this will be read by a lot of people and spark people’s interest to see that Sun Valley – if you’re willing to do a responsible project – would be a good place to come and see about investing some money,” he said.Sun Valley is home to 46,000 people who live amid auto dismantlers, junkyards, defunct landfills, recycling facilities and gravel pits. Dust blows through the streets from landfills and pits, even though the last landfill closed in April. Authors of the report, prepared by the alliance in conjunction with the San Fernando Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects, hope for a more glamorous landscape of film and television soundstages, businesses that could revitalize the area without hurting the environment.But Jack Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. and another of the report authors, said bringing a soundstage to Sun Valley would be a challenge.The major studios already have enough space, and while an independent company could do it, that would require financing, which is scarce, he said.Still, Kyser agreed with the plan to revitalize Sun Valley with new businesses.“It would be a home run, to be quite honest,” he said. “I’ve wondered … the type of industry that’s there – why is it there?”But owners of auto-dismantling shops say they are meeting a need.“I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” said Nathan Adlemcq, the owner of Aadlemcq Bros. Auto Wrecking. “I see a junked car, and I see something beautiful. … I believe economics and the marketplace will dictate what will stand.”Scott said he hopes to see the same process at work, arguing that redevelopment projects that rely on eminent domain – or the government taking private land for the public good – will not work in the area.But developers will grab large parcels themselves when they realize that the land in Sun Valley is valuable – especially with industrial land becoming increasingly scarce, Scott said.There is precedent for the alliance’s plan. It released a similar effort several years ago for another neglected area, Panorama City. It was adopted by the city Planning Commission as a guideline for the area.But since then, the commission hasn’t adopted any specific policies based on the plan.“I think it’s a plus whenever people see a plan like this, and they see that kind of energy. It always helps,” C?rdenas said. “But again this is private property, so it takes developers to make the investments of tens and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring these ideas to fruition.”The Sun Valley report calls for dealing with an increasing population by building medium-density housing near commercial “villages.” And it suggests using the latest urban-planning craze: putting residential units on top of ground-floor commercial space in “mixed-use” developments.But the report also touches on a broad array of subjects, from education to the preservation of the Stonehurst neighborhood as a historic district. It calls for a major outdoor venue, suggests the creation of an industrial-arts and technology high school with four campuses and recommends that special roadways be created to keep trucks off the main thoroughfares.Jerry Piro, 73, a local community activist, said he was pleased with some of the report’s recommendations – but not all of them.“I’m weary when they talk about development because every time they talk about development, they talk about adding more population,” he said.Most residents have some buffer between their homes and the city’s most disruptive businesses. But on Sutter Avenue, next to the Bradley Landfill, about 20 residents live with the dust and rats that come from being so close to the dump. Those residents include Jeremy and Tara Penick.They welcome any plan to improve Sun Valley. He’s a musician with a band called Depswa, and the area near the dump is the only place where the couple can afford to live without any noise complaints when he plays his music. It comes at a cost though: Both suffer from asthma.“I can dust, and an hour later it looks like I haven’t touched it at all,” she said.The plan does not call for all the recycling facilities in Sun Valley to be shut down, and it will take 30 years for the city’s landfills to become public domain, Scott said.But the report envisions ways to improve the area over time and lays out what could be done – ideally.“What we’re putting down on paper,” Scott said, “is ideas to inspire a sense of direction for the future.”[email protected](818) 546-3304To view the full “Sun Valley Renaissance” report, click here.In the works Some key elements to revitalize Sun Valley: Environmentally friendly industrial parks. Entertainment-industry support and soundstages. Themed commercial villages and pedestrian-oriented districts. Mixed-use commercial, with businesses on the ground floor and homes above. Major outdoor-event venue, fairgrounds and open space. Landscaping and architecture to block noise from the railroad line. An industrial-arts and technology high school with four campuses. Housing, including some above commercial development, near mass transit. Enhanced access to the Sun Valley Metrolink station, including shuttle buses. Roadways that provide exclusive access for trucks that head to gravel pits and recycling facilities. Source: Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – In an ambitious effort to transform one of the San Fernando Valley’s most blighted areas, community and business leaders will release a plan todaycq that calls for commercial “villages” and eco-friendly industrial parks where scrap heaps and auto shops now stand.The 130-page blueprint by the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley aims to end decades of pollution and eyesores in Sun Valley, the Northeast Valley’s dumping ground for trash and “dead” cars.“I’m not going to say Sun Valley is going to become Beverly Hills anytime soon,” said Bob Scott, director of the Mulholland Institute and one of the authors of the report, titled “Sun Valley Renaissance.”But it could become a decent neighborhood with a strong, blue-collar job base, Scott added, and that’s what the plan is aimed at producing.