Monday, April 6, 2015

Important ICO Information from President Ron Hudson


Dear Bel-Air Neighbors,

I am writing to you today to kick off an information campaign on behalf of the Bel-Air Association. It is my hope that through this series of information bulletins you as neighbors will have a better grasp on municipal issues impacting our community. The focus of this first bulletin is to explain the Haul Route process as well as what the
Bel-Air Association is doing to ensure that safety is our number one priority.

WHAT IS A HAUL ROUTE?

The City of Los Angeles requires a hearing for a haul route when the import or export will exceed 1,000 cubic yards of dirt in a Grading Hillside Area.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SUCH A HEARING?

The purpose of a haul route hearing is to consider the route, to review any environmental documents prepared, review reports received from the Bureau of Street Services and Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and to ensure the safety and reasonable access of our neighbors and other drivers on the road. As part of this review, Building & Safety staff compile a report for the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners which includes conditions that limit hauling hours, the route, the size trucks that can be utilized, how their loads are to be secured, whether flagmen are required and other such details.

The standard practice of the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners is to review the technical data provided and the staff recommendation, hear testimony from concerned neighbors, and opine as to whether the report adequately allows the land owner to build while providing a mechanism to maintain the safety and security of the community.

WHO IS NOTIFIED OF SUCH A HEARING AND HOW?

The City requires applicants to provide a 300-foot radius map, 3-sets of mailing labels, and an information accuracy statement upon submittal of a haul route request. The mailing labels identify all owners within the 300-foot radius of the subject site and along with the information accuracy statement identify that the list is not more than
6-months old.

The Bel-Air Association has made a request to be informed of all requests moving forward so that we may ensure proper notice is given to our homeowners as we know this is a concern.
                 
WHAT IS THE BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION’S ROLE IN A HAUL ROUTE?

The Bel-Air Association is charged with ensuring the safety of our residents and neighborhood.  The Bel-Air Association accomplishes this in two ways:

1.    Requesting conditions be placed on haul routes
2.    Meeting with land owners in advance of hearings to review detailed plans and work to negotiate safe options for import and export

WHAT DOES THE BEL-AIR ASSOCATION’S REQUEST OF APPLICANT’S FOR A HAUL ROUTE?

The Bel-Air Association has developed a set of standard conditions to address safety in our community as well as attempt to reduce impacts on neighbors from grading activities.  Examples of these conditions include:

1.    Limiting the amount of trucks allowed to be in our community at one time
2.    Requiring flagmen at major intersections to ensure safe travel for our neighbors
3.  A Deputy Grading Inspector on site to ensure compliance with allowable grading regulations


WILL THIS HAULING STOP WITH THE ADOPTION OF THE ICO?

No.  Haul routes approved and/or submitted prior to the ICO are not covered by the ICO.  In addition, haul routes for new construction that requires less than 6,000 cubic yards of dirt will still be heard by the Board of Building & Safety Commissioners as is the regular course of business.

The ICO only prohibits haul routes of more than 6,000 cubic yards. However, it is important to state that an ICO is only INTERIM.

As the City engages in formulating the permanent ordinance, the Bel-Air Association will be there and we welcome your input!  The Bel-Air Association has been representing the best interests of Bel-Air for 72 years, and we will continue to do so for the next 72 years!  
 

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