Anti-Mansionization Vote This Week in PLUM and Council

A new home next to a modest bungalow in the La Brea - Hancock area.
A new home next to a modest bungalow in the La Brea – Hancock area.

Residents living in some 20 neighborhoods hard-hit by developers building large-scale single family homes in their communities  are rallying residents to show up at City Hall to quell ‘mansionization’ developments in their neighborhoods. Community leaders are urging concerned residents to show up at the hearings and to write emails to urge the City to extend the ICO (Interim Control Ordinance) delaying development, and approve Councilman Koretz’s amendment to a citywide mansionization ordinance.

The two votes this week will take place in the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) on Tuesday at 2:30 pm, and in the City Council on Wednesday at 10 am.

Neighborhood organizers were hopeful in March when the ICO was put in place, that the City could move quickly to deter the tear-down of dozens of older homes and provide stricter guidelines so developers could not build lot-line-to-lot-line humongous homes that dwarf their communities.

The outlook doesn’t look as good today however, as developers have pushed an amendment to the ICOs that will allow up to 400 square feet of attached garage space NOT be counted toward the square footage total. Many of the homes convert the garage space to living space, and these large street-facing garages reduce green space with their large footprint, and change the character of the neighborhood.

Residents from Larchmont Village and La Brea-Hancock neighborhoods in the area are hoping to get a big turnout against mansionization at both the Tuesday and Wednesday hearings. An email sent to concerned residents urged citizens to also write the PLUM and City Council and state: 1) mansionization is doing irreversible damage to our city; 2) zoning laws in Los Angeles are too lax; 3) the proposed regulations permit spacious, comfortable homes that also respect their neighbors; and 4) LA needs affordable housing and the new homes replace modest homes with those only affordable to the more affluent buyers.

Concerned citizens should send their emails to the following city officials:

councilmember.wesson@lacity.org   (Council Pres)

councilmember.huizar@lacity.org   (Chair of PLUM)

councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org

councilmember.englander@lacity.org

councilmember.bonin@lacity.org

councilmember.koretz@lacity.org

sharon.gin@lacity.org

ken.bernstein@lacity.org

tom.rothmann@lacity.org

councilmember.last-name-of-yours@lacity.org

Larchmont Buzz: La Brea – Hancock Rallies Against Mansionization

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Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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