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.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR 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. 

FORM EMAIL TO Los Angeles PLUM COMMITTEE
To:
councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
councilmember.englander@lacity.org
hannah.lee@lacity.org
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org
gerald.gubatan@lacity.org
paul.koretz@lacity.org
shawn.bayliss@lacity.org
Sharon.gin@lacity.org


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.


Sincerely,


[YOUR NAME]

Sunday, February 22, 2015

*Save Bel~Air* Please ACT Now! (FORM Email to City Officials Included)




As set forth in the posts below, the Bel~Air Association has reviewed the Interim Control Ordinance ("ICO") ​[LINK TO ICO], and​ has found that​ not only does the ICO completely fail to address the dire construction safety problems facing our community, but even worse, it may destroy the very essence of Bel~Air​.

Please email the city your objection to the ICO today to help save our community's character and focus our city on the real construction problems facing Bel~Air!

The following are key points you may consider including in your communication, and a FORM email is set forth at the end of this post for your convenience:
  • The ICO completely fails to address the actual construction issues facing Bel~Air today, such as dangerous construction truck traffic.

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

  • The ICO seeks to eliminate 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.


FORM EMAIL TO Los Angeles PLUM COMMITTEE


To:
councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
tanner.blackman@lacity.org
councilmember.englander@lacity.org
hannah.lee@lacity.org
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org
gerald.gubatan@lacity.org
paul.koretz@lacity.org
shawn.bayliss@lacity.org
Sharon.gin@lacity.org


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.


Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Saturday, February 21, 2015

​URGENT ACTION REQUIRED TO SAVE BEL~AIR! *Please Read & Act to Save Your Community*

​URGENT ACTION REQUIRED TO SAVE BEL~AIR!


The Bel~Air Association has reviewed the Interim Control Ordinance ("ICO") ​[LINK TO ICO] we alerted our community to yesterday, and​ the BAA has found that​ not only does the ICO completely fail to address the dire construction safety problems facing our community, but even worse, it may destroy the very essence of Bel~Air​.


Bel~Air ​is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Los Angeles, ​with our​ character being​​ ​defined by large luxurious estates and architecturally significant homes.  Just as one would go to Venice to be by the beach, or Hollywood to be near the stars, Bel~Air is where you will find the most iconic homes and estates in our magnificent City. And in order for ​Bel~Air to maintain its character as a ​world class community, we must not allow this ICO to turn Bel~Air into just another suburb.


Shockingly, the ICO has been described as fixing a “loophole” in the Baseline Hillside Ordinance, yet nothing could be further from the truth.  For Bel~Air, the "foundation grading exemption" [see LAMC Sec. 12.21.C.10(f)(3)(i)] that the ICO attacks was a key term that made the BHO more acceptable to our community.  To name just a few benefits of the foundation grading exemption, it allows for Bel~Air properties to build subterranean garages, opening up more parking along our narrow streets, and motivates developers to build one large, magnificent estate versus chopping large lots into, for example, ten smaller homes.  


But make no mistake, there is a huge problem with the current state of construction in Bel~Air, yet as set forth above, it will not be solved by this ICO.  The Bel~Air Association will continue to focus its attention on the real issues facing our community such as dangerous construction truck traffic, project coordination and oversight and infrastructure maintenance.


In order to SAVE BEL~AIR, we ask that you immediately share your concerns about the ICO with the PLUM Committee Members prior to the ICO comment deadline Monday Afternoon.
The following are key points you may consider including in your communication, and a FORM email is set forth at the end of this post for your convenience:
  • The ICO completely fails to address the actual construction issues facing Bel~Air today, such as dangerous construction truck traffic.


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


  • The ICO seeks to eliminate 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.


PLUM Committee contact information is as follows:
Councilmember Jose Huizar (Chair, Planning & Land Use Committee)
(213) 473-7014
Planning Deputy: Tanner Blackman
councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
tanner.blackman@lacity.org


Councilmember Mitchell Englander
(213) 473-7012
Planning Deputy: Hannah Lee
councilmember.englander@lacity.org
hannah.lee@lacity.org


Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo
(213) 473-7001
Planning Deputy: Gerald Gubatan
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org
gerald.gubatan@lacity.org
Councilmember Paul Koretz
(213) 473-7005
Planning Deputy: Shawn Bayliss
paul.koretz@lacity.org
shawn.bayliss@lacity.org

FORM EMAIL BELOW


To:
councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
councilmember.englander@lacity.org
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org
gerald.gubatan@lacity.org
paul.koretz@lacity.org
shawn.bayliss@lacity.org
Sharon.gin@lacity.org


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.


Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME]

Friday, February 13, 2015

BAA INFRASTRUCTURE NOTIFICATION: Applications Accepted by Dept of City Planning (CD-5)




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BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION 

INFRASTRUCTURE NOTIFICATION
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