Thursday, December 31, 2015

Stone Canyon Verizon Cell Towers Set for Upcoming Hearing on January 6, 2016

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The Board of Public Works will hear Verizon’s applications for variances to install 2 cell towers in the public right-of-way on Stone Canyon Road on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall. 

These Verizon cell towers are proposed to be located at 740 Stone Canyon Road (across from the Hotel Bel-Air) and 1001 Stone Canyon Road (northwest corner of Stone Canyon Road and Somma Way).

A copy of the agenda is below and is available at These cell tower variances are items 8 and 9 on the agenda (page 5).

The Bureau of Engineering’s reports recommending approval of these variances are also below and are available at and

Two other cell tower variances sought by Verizon on Stone Canyon Road, one at Bellagio Road and another at 1349 Stone Canyon Road (on the south side of Stone Canyon, between Vestone Way and Levico Way), are expected to be set for hearing before the Board in the near future.

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns about these proposed cell towers.


Your Bel-Air Association

Monday, December 21, 2015

Cascada Way Traffic Plan - Public Hearing January 12, 2016

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community:

Please see the Public Hearing Notice for Casada Way traffic plan that will take place on January 12, 2016. 

In addition, see the attached hearing notice for full details.

If you have any further questions, please contact Jay Greenstein, Transportation Deputy for Councilmember Paul Koretz, 5th District at 323-866-1828. 


This notice is sent to you because you own property, or are an occupant, residing near a site for which an application, as described below, has been submitted to the Department of Transportation.  

All interested persons are invited to attend a public hearing at which you may listen, ask questions, or present testimony regarding the project.  

You will be given a chance to submit a voter card at the end of the hearing in favor of, or against, the application.  If you are not able to attend the public hearing, but wish to submit your comments in favor of, or against the application, you will have a 30-day comment period following the hearing in which to do so.

Project Title: Cascada Way Neighborhood Traffic  Management Plan in the Bel-Air Estates area  of Los Angeles

Project Location:    Intersection of Cascada Way and Bellagio Road, Los Angeles, CA 

Project Description:  Pursuant to Section 80.14 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, installation of “No Left Turn, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Monday to Friday” turn restriction sign for northbound traffic at Cascada Way and Bellagio Road to address issues related to cut through traffic on neighborhood roadways; which is expected to reduce traffic congestion and diminish the potential for traffic collisions due to excess traffic volumes and vehicle speeds.

Hearing Date:     Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Hearing Time:     7:00 PM
Hearing Place:    Community Magnet Charter School
                             11310 Bellagio Road
                             Los Angeles, CA  90049

Staff Contact: Brian Gallagher/Jasmine Thompson at 
(818) 374-4688

In compliance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, an initial study has been prepared to assess the potential environmental impacts of this project.  

No significant impacts are anticipated and no mitigation measures are required.  

Therefore, a Negative Declaration is proposed to be adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.  This notice, as well as, the public hearing, are intended to give interested parties an opportunity to comment on the environmental study.   
A copy may be obtained by calling Jasmine Thompson or Brian Gallagher, at (818) 374-4688Comments must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. on February 12, 2016.  

Send comments to:  “Cascada Way NTM Comments”
c/o Department of Transportation
East Valley District Office
6262 Van Nuys Bl, Ste. 320
Van Nuys, CA  91401

Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies:      If you challenge a City action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence on these matters delivered to the Department before the action on this matter will become a public part of the administrative record.

Accommodations: As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  

The hearing facility and its parking are wheelchair accessible.  Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request.  

Other services, such as translation between English and other languages, may also be provided upon request.  

To ensure the availability or services, please make your request no later than three working days (72 hours) prior to the hearing by calling Gurmet Khara, of Councilmember Paul Koretz’s Office, 5th Council District, at (818) 971-3088. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

417 Amapola Lane Planning Department Application

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The Department of City Planning’s biweekly report (issued today) of newly filed entitlement applications indicates that an application was filed on November 30, 2015 for the following entitlements for the property at 417 Amapola Lane:

1.  A Zoning Administrator’s Determination to permit a 3,886 square-foot addition to an existing 6,077 square-foot single-family dwelling without requiring that the applicant improve the hillside street adjacent to the property and/or to the boundary of the hillside area; and
2.  A Zoning Administrator’s Determination to permit an over-in-height fence/gate within the front yard setback, in lieu of the 6-foot fence otherwise permitted.

Further information regarding the application is available on the Planning Department’s website at

The full biweekly report is available on the Planning Department’s website at

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other project in Bel-Air.


Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

11401 Chalon Road Project Haul Route and Project Update

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

Further to last blog post regarding this project (, the haul route with the conditions that we had negotiated was considered and approved by the City’s Board of Building and Safety Commissioners and its meeting this morning. 

Our team attended the hearing and spoke in favor of the haul route’s approval because it will be restricted as we had negotiated and agreed with the developers, The John Thomas Dye School, and other neighbors that will be impacted.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other project in Bel-Air.


Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

Hotel Bel-Air Holiday Cookie and Gingerbread House Decorating Class on December 17, 2015

Executive Pastry Chef Jen Shen will lead a fun-filled holiday cookie and gingerbread house decorating class on the patio of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air for children of all ages. 

Participants will receive their own chef hats and kids aprons, and hot cocoa and finger sandwiches are among the drinks and snacks that will be offered. 

The class will take place on:

Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and is open to the public. 

Priced at $55.00, reservations can be made by calling 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Planning Department Presentation on Draft BHO Amendments

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

A copy of the Department of City Planning’s December 3 presentation on the the draft amendments to the BHO (Baseline Hillside Ordinance) is below.

As described in our blog post on December 4 (, we attended and spoke at the hearing.

Please continue to let us know if you have any questions or comments about the draft amendments.


Your Bel-Air Association Land Use Committee

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bel-Air Association Meeting with Councilmember Koretz

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

Representatives of your Bel-Air Association and its Land Use Team met with our Councilmember Paul Koretz (Council District 5). 

We discussed adding more protections for our community to the draft amendments to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance (“BHO”), which we also expressed at the Department of City Planning’s public hearing last week. 

We also confirmed his support for moving forward with the ridgeline protection ordinance next year.

Below are photos taken at the end of our meeting. 

In the first photo are (from left to right) Bruce Kuyper (Bel-Air Association Director, Secretary, and Land Use Team Member), Gurmet Khara (Councilmember Koretz’ Field Deputy), Joan Pelico (Councilmember Koretz’ Chief of Staff), Paulette DuBey (Bel-Air Association's Executive Director), Councilmember Paul Koretz and Noah Muhlstein (Councilmember Koretz’ Planning Deputy). 

In the second photo, the Bel-Air Association's Land Use Team Consultant Kristen Lonner is second from the left.

We continue to work diligently with our Councilmember’s office, the Department of City Planning, the Department of Building and Safety and other City departments to keep our community safe, vital and beautiful.


Your Bel-Air Association