Below is an e-mail from Julia Duncan, Planning Deputy in Councilman Ryu’s office, regarding the status of the Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) for Brookside.
From: Julia Duncan <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 3:18 PM
Subject: ICOs ARE HERE and in PLUM!
The time has finally come and we are so excited to announce the our long awaited ICOs will be heard in the Planning Land Use and Management Committee on Tuesday June 28th. Information on the hearing location is below, as well as a link to the agenda. The following day, Wednesday, June 29, the item will be heard in City Council, which begins at 10 am in City Council Chambers at City Hall. We hope you can attend to support the ICOs. Please let me know if you have any questions and disseminate this information to your neighbors.
PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS EDWARD R. ROYBAL HEARING ROOM 350 – 2:30 PM
200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
- COUNCILMEMBER JOSE HUIZAR, CHAIR
- COUNCILMEMBER MARQUEECE HARRIS-DAWSON
- COUNCILMEMBER GILBERT A. CEDILLO
- COUNCILMEMBER MITCHELL ENGLANDER
- COUNCILMEMBER FELIPE FUENTES
(Sharon Dickinson – Legislative Assistant – (213)-978-1074 or email Sharon.Dickinson@lacity.org)
ITEM NO. (11) :16-0735
Negative Declaration and reports from the Department of City Planning and the City Attorney relative to a draft Interim Control Ordinance to establish the temporary regulations to address the proliferation of large, out-of-scale homes in five neighborhood areas of the City consisting of: Brookside; Sherman Oaks; Sycamore Square; Picfair Village; and Wilshire Vista, in Council Districts Four and Ten.
Fiscal Impact Statement: No.
Community Impact Statement: None submitted.
Concerns expressed by several Neighborhood Councils about the latest revised BMO proposal:
- The city’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance and Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BMO/BHO) failed because they contained too many bonus and exemption loopholes. Despite the adoption of these ordinances, mansionization has relentlessly continued to ruin neighborhoods over the entire city. In this legislative round City Planning therefore needs to draft the new amendments correctly. This means removing all old and new loopholes that promote the construction of McMansions. If the proposed ordinance fails to do this, it will be the sixth bogus attempt to stop mansionization by green lighting over-sized houses through a host of loopholes that undermine the City Council’s intention.
- Mansionization eliminates affordable housing in LA’s single-family neighborhoods. As a result, it contributes to the housing crisis that most Angelenos, including elected officials, are painfully aware of. The mansionizers target smaller, affordable houses for demolition. They then quickly and cheaply replace them with McMansions that are, on average, three times the size and price of these smaller, energy-efficient demolished homes. These investors and contractors are now eliminating about 2000 such affordable houses per year, and this loss of affordable homes will continue until it is finally stopped through an effective mansionization ordinance, not another phony one.
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The Baseline Mansionization Ordinance was originally enacted to help curb development in some neighborhoods but also restrict the ways that some homeowners can remodel or expand their homes. A few months ago the City’s Planning and Land Use Management department (PLUM) released a new draft of the BMO, changing the way building size and floor area are calculated, and eliminating certain kinds of floor area bonuses that were included in the original ordinance.
Latest proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) being considered by the Los Angeles City Council: bmo_bho_revised