Monday, February 23, 2015

*Bel~Air Under Attack* Your Action Is NEEDED TODAY!

Unfortunately, some in our community have received a very misleading email from a group supporting the ICO [see previous blog posts for ICO details], which group appears more concerned with attacking the Bel~Air Association than addressing the dire construction related problems facing our community.

But rather than "telling you what to think," as this group tends to do, the BAA will provide you with the actual facts so you can make up your own mind.

The ICO as it applies to Bel~Air (which the BAA opposes) states as follows:

You will note, the ICO says NOTHING about dirt haul trucks, construction traffic or the like. Instead, it only limits exempted "grading," which is the movement of earth on a property's own site (NOT the haul away of earth materials).  Now having the real facts, we ask that you come to your own conclusion if you are being treated honestly, or if perhaps this other group is misleading you in order to advance their own position.

The Bel~Air Association seeks real regulation to deal with dangerous construction truck traffic, project coordination and oversight and infrastructure maintenance. As we understand the proposed ICO:

  • The ICO completely fails to address the actual construction issues facing Bel~Air today, such as dangerous construction truck traffic.

  • The ICO will damage the iconic character and nature of Bel~Air, and dramatically impact the property rights and property values of Bel~Air residents.

  • The ICO attacks the “Foundation Grading Exemption” in the BHO, which benefits Bel~Air by motivating subterranean garages as well as estate development versus subdivision of large lots into multiple homes.

  • The ICO is a “one size fits all” regulation that fails when applied to the unique nature of Bel~Air and the different qualities of each parcel in our community.

We hope that this information and our actions illustrate to you that the Bel~Air Association is acting in the best interest of our entire Bel~Air Community.


Please share this post with all your Bel~Air Friends and Neighbors, and join us in defending the unique quality of our community while fighting for real regulations to protect Bel~Air from dangerous construction traffic and reckless development by emailing your opposition to the ICO to the LA PLUM COMMITTEE TODAY. 


Re:  OPPOSITION to Item Number#2 / Council File#14-0656
February 24. 2015 PLUM Committee Hearing
Ordinances: 181480; 179883 (“ICO”)
City Attorney Report: R15-0033; R15-0041

Members of the Los Angeles PLUM Committee:

As a resident of Bel~Air, I disagree with the Interim Control Ordinance (“ICO”) and object to its adoption for the Bel~Air Community.

The ICO fails in every respect to address the real construction issues facing Bel~Air, such as dangerous construction truck traffic, and instead will result in the destruction of the iconic character of Bel~Air while dramatically impacting the property rights and property values of all Bel~Air residents.

I urge the PLUM Committee to reject the ICO as it applies to Bel~Air, and ask that our City Council’s Office continue to work with the Bel~Air Association to find real solutions to the dire construction problems facing our community today.