Thursday, May 1, 2008

Baseline Mansionization Ordinance at City Council on May 6,2008

Greetings All:

This email is being sent to inform you that the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (Case Number CPC-2007-160-CA; Council File Number 06-1293) has been tentatively set to be heard by the City Council at the May 6, 2008 meeting. This date is subject to change; please be sure to monitor the agenda by going to the City Council Calendar at the City of Los Angeles website ( The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM at:

John Ferraro Council Chamber

City Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 340

200 N. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can view the proceedings on Channel 35 or via webcast at the City’s website ( You may also listen to the City Council meeting over the telephone by calling the City’s “Council Phone” system at (213) 621-CITY, (310) 547-CITY, (310) 471-CITY, or at (818) 904-9450.

The most current official version of the proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance can be downloaded at the Council File Index website ( To find it just type in "Baseline Mansionization Ordinance" or "06-1293" in the search field and then click on the "Online Documents" section of the search results. Download the file named “Ordinance – Typographical Errors Corrected” dated April 30, 2008; it is in PDF format so you will need to be sure that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This is also the place where you can track the progress of the proposal in Council as well as read any documents submitted to the City Clerk's Office.

The revised ordinance contains the amendments requested by the Planning & Land Use Management Committee on January 8, 2008. The proposed ordinance will only apply to single-family zoned lots, not located in a Hillside Area or Coastal Zone.

The proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance is the product of almost two years of public outreach, and has continued to evolve throughout the public hearing process to address various concerns heard from the public. The proposed ordinance focuses on establishing a baseline scale for each zone and addressing the issues of bulk and mass. In addition to the baseline limits, it also creates a new overlay district that will enable individual communities to increase or decrease the proposed size limits to fit the scale of their neighborhoods in special circumstances.

Extensive public input allowed the ordinance to strike a balance between establishing FAR limits that help to maintain the unique characteristics of these different zones, while still allowing room for smaller homes to be expanded to fit the needs of property owners.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Erick Lopez
Department of City Planning
Community Planning Bureau - West Coastal Division
200 N. Spring St., Room 621
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1243
(213) 978-1226 - fax


Anonymous said...

excellent points and the details are more precise than elsewhere, thanks.

- Thomas