City takes a step to allow Colorado Boulevard businesses to stay open longer

mapEAGLE ROCK — The Planning Department will look into changing a city ordinance that requires new restaurants, bars and other Colorado Boulevard businesses to close by 9 p.m.

The Los Angeles City Council this morning approved a motion instructing the Planning Department to report  on the feasibility of amending the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan Ordinance, which prohibits new businesses from operating between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. unless they obtain special city permission.  Many of the new businesses were not aware of or had ignored the restriction until a new Eagle Rock bar and restaurant got in trouble over violating the ordinance,  triggering complaints from business owners and prompting Councilman Jose Huizar to introduce the motion.

“By lifting these hour restrictions, we are allowing them to compete directly with local cities and keeping business, customers and tax dollars in Eagle Rock and the City of Los Angeles,” Huizar said in a statement.

But don’t expect new businesses to begin extending their hours anytime soon.  The Planning Department still has to research the issue and hold public meetings and hearings before any changes can be submitted to the full City Council for review.

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  1. Thank you for the post, Eastsider. The Department of City Planning will actually be holding a public hearing on this matter at 7:00 PM on November 19, 2014. This will be a chance for local stakeholders to come make comments in support, or express concerns about amending this one requirement of the Colorado Blvd. Specific Plan. There will be an informal open house one hour prior to the hearing where folks can ask questions and learn more about what is happening. The Specific Plan amendment will then be heard by the City Planning Commission on December 18, 2014. Ultimately, the amendment will need to be approved by the City Council, so there are a few steps in the process following City Planning Commission, though it is possible that an amended ordinance could be in place by February of next year if not sooner. Local residents and business owners are encouraged to attend this hearing, at at Center for the Arts located at 2225 Colorado Blvd.

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