Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bel~Air Association ICO Update (March 11, 2015)


FROM THE BAA PRESIDENT & 
INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE

To the Bel~Air Community:


The Bel~Air Association (BAA) is 100% supportive of an ICO (Interim Control Ordinance) that will immediately address the dangerous dirt haul and construction vehicle traffic in our community.


In this connection, BAA representatives, together with a handful of community stakeholders, met with our Councilman Paul Koretz yesterday afternoon in an effort to make the current ICO help our community.


In such meeting, we discussed the infuriating facts that:

(1) even if the ICO (as it is currently written) was passed TODAY, it would not have any impact for about a year (as it can only impact new projects, not those that are already approved), and

(2) the proposed ICO (as it is currently written) will, by its blunt nature, not do nearly enough to address our most pressing problem -- the dangerous and incessant flow of construction and dirt haul trucks on our narrow hillside streets.


To highlight the problem we are facing, we were stunned to learn from a civil engineer also attending the meeting yesterday that two of his planned projects in Bel~Air would have their dirt haul routes INCREASED if the current ICO were enacted!


Our Council’s Office indicated that their challenge was that the “ICO" process itself only allows for certain actions.  Nonetheless, the BAA suggested ways to word and analyze the ICO to work within its scope of authority that would actually HELP our community and address the dire problems we are facing.


The core of our problem is that Los Angeles Grading Regulations actually incentivize projects to haul dirt from project sites, by penalizing them for keeping "exempted" graded earth on the property.  

YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY:  The Los Angeles Grading Regulations actually incentivize projects to haul dirt from project sites.


As such, the BAA has focused its efforts on flipping this regulation, as we seek an ICO that will require projects to keep as much dirt as possible on the project site itself -- which could SAVE LIVES by keeping more dangerous dirt haul trucks off our Bel~Air Roads.


Once again, the Bel~Air Association (BAA) seeks the immediate implementation of an ICO that will address the dangerous dirt haul and construction vehicle traffic in our community now, and we will not be satisfied by an ineffectual provision that most everyone agrees will do almost nothing to address our problems TODAY!

For any questions, please email president@belaironline.org.

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