Q: Why can't the Bel-Air Association dictate the rules of construction/development of properties?
A. The Bel-Air Association is not the legal entity that approves or disapproves permits for development; that is the role of the City of Los Angeles.
Q. Some communities, even those in Los Angeles, have CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) that add restrictions to those of the City. Didn't Bel-Air have these CC&Rs; what happened to them?
A. Bel-Air was originally developed on a tract by tract basis beginning about 80 years ago with the concept of an architectural review committee set up with CC&Rs. But, these original CC&Rs had a limited life, generally, around 50 years subject to certain rights of extension, and some of them were not specific enough to enforce effective architectural controls anyway. As each tract's CC&Rs were expiring, the Bel-Air Association tried to obtain the consent of property owners in such tract to new architectural controls, but since the original CC&Rs authority had expired it required the consent of every property owner in each tract; and no tract was successfully covered by such consents. As a consequence, most of the tracts in Bel-Air have no active CC&Rs at this time.
Q. But some property owners still want more restrictions. Can individual properties be covered by CC&Rs?
A. The Bel-Air Association is willing to consider CC&Rs for individual properties on a basis that is fair and reasonable to property owners and the community. But, any such CC&Rs can legally only restrict those properties whose owners sign the CC&Rs and those property owners must be willing to provide the support necessary for an active architectural committee/review function by the Assn.
Q. If there are no CC&Rs, then what function can the Assn. and Land Use Committee play regarding development of properties?
A. The City heavily relies upon the Bel-Air Association to be a voice in land use policies and individual property development in the community. For example, the City seeks the Bel-Air Association’s input on haul route and variance issues for all developments in Bel-Air.