Given how development has become a huge issue in Los Angeles, how can the city discourage dense development in some older and historic neighborhoods?
That’s the question facing the city Planning Department after the 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell asked planners on Tuesday to prepare reports on potential zoning and land use strategies that would eventually slow the pace of dense development in certain portions of Silver Lake and Echo Park. Numerous apartment buildings and small-lot residential projects have been built in both neighborhoods in recent years and more development is under construction or in the planning stages.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell made two motions on Tuesday – one for Silver Lake and one for Echo Park – to put stricter regulations in place for new construction. The motions must be approved by the full council.Want to be notified ASAP of breaking or major Echo Park news? Sign up here for Neighborhood News Alerts via email
Both motions ask the Planning Department for amendments to “ensure that any potential future development complements, and is consistent with, the scale and character of the built environment.”
Tony Arranaga, a spokesman for O’Farrell, told Curbed LA that the motions were prompted by a proposed project on Echo Park Avenue to replace a set of Spanish-style bungalows from the 1920s with as many as a dozen new three-story homes.
In Echo Park, planners would focus on the areas around Echo Park Avenue, Scott Avenue, Logan Street, Lemoyne Street, Montana Street, and Morton Avenue if the motion is adopted. In Silver Lake, planners would review how high-density zoning impacts the lower-density residential areas, particular those on hillside streets that don’t meet modern standards.
The motions, if adopted, would be the first step in potential changes to land use laws. Changes recommended by the Planning Department studies would also be subject to additional public review and City Council approval.
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