City Releases New Draft of Baseline Mansionization Ordinance

La Brea -Hancock
A Spanish style bungalow is dwarfed by its new neighbor in the La Brea – Hancock area, just to the north east of the Miracle Mile.

On Thursday, April 21, the City of Los Angeles released a new draft of proposed revisions to its Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, the law that regulates the size and scale of new and replacement homes on city lots.  The original BMO, intended to curb the construction of oversized replacement homes in existing neighborhoods, proved to contain several clauses that actually allowed such projects to proliferate, prompting neighbors and City officials to push for revisions.  A first draft of the revised BMO was released last fall by the City Planning Department, which held a series of community meetings to collect comments that were then used to craft the second draft released last week.  The new draft is scheduled to be forwarded to the City Planning Commission and discussed at a CPC hearing in June.

Between now and the CPC hearing, however, the Planning Department will once again hold a series of public meetings to introduce and collect feedback on the latest BMO draft.  People who are interested in learning more about the BMO, and the latest round of proposed changes, are encouraged to attend one of the four upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7 p.m.
Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
100 W 1st St, Los Angeles (Corner of 1st & Main)

Monday, May 9, 2016, 7 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
3916 S Western Ave, Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 

Monday, May 16, 2016, 7 p.m.
Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
Conference Rooms 1a & 1b
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles

In addition to the public meetings, comments on the new Baseline Mansionization Ordinance can also be sent directly to Planning Department representative Niall Huffman at NeighborhoodConservation@lacity.org, or (213) 978-3405. In order to be considered in the Planning Department’s report to the City Planning Commission, comments should be received by June 10, 2016. Comments received after June 10 should be addressed directly to the City Planning Commission. Case numbers CPC-2015-3484-CA and ENV-2015-4197-EAF should be referenced in all comments.

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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