Friday, February 26, 2016

MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION UPDATES FROM YOUR BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION LAND USE TEAM

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community:

Please be aware that the Department of City Planning is accepting comments on two proposed projects in our community.  

If you have any questions or concerns about these projects, please contact the Bel-Air Association and let us know.  

We will be reviewing the Mitigated Negative Declaration with our Land Use Team and will be submitting comments, but if you are a directly impacted neighbor – we want to hear from YOU!

Below you will find a summary of the two cases with a link to the environmental document for your review. 

NEGATIVE DECLARATION-NG-16-070-PLENV-2015-2231
10460 Revuelta Way; Bel Air-Beverly Crest. CD5. The applicant has requested 3 entitlements for this project: 1) a Zoning Administrator's Adjustment to allow a combination of sound- & retaining walls to observe a height of up to 14 feet, 1 inch in lieu of the maximum allowed 6 ft.; 2) a Zoning Administrator's Determination to permit over height elements (fences, hedges, and gates within the front yard setback) of up to 8 ft. in height in the front & rear yards in lieu of 3 feet, 6 inches & 6 ft., respectively; 3) a Zone Variance to permit a kitchen in the guesthouse in addition to a permitted kitchen in the main residence. REVIEW/COMMENT period ends: March 16, 2016

MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION-NG-16-079-PLENV-2015-919
10905 W Chalon Rd; Bel Air-Beverly Crest. CD5. Demolition of an existing single-family dwelling & detached garage. The construction, use, and maintenance of a new 3-story, 30-ft. tall, approx. 18,854 sf single family dwelling with a basement & a 4,881 sf 10-car garage. The proposed project also includes development of a new swimming pool, new spa, new recreation room, and retaining walls. The project site is an approx. 72,915 sf sloped parcel, developed with a 64-years old, 3,095 sf, 1-story, single-family dwelling. The subject site is designated Minimum Residential on the Bel Air- Beverly Crest Community Plan land use map & zoned RE40-1-H. There are 6 existing native protected trees on the project site; (6) will be protected. The subject project requires an approval of a Haul Route Permit to allow the exporting of 15,853 cubic yards of soil in a hillside area. 

REVIEW/COMMENT period ends: March 16, 2016


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Welcome New Bel-Air Association Members!


Thank you for joining the Bel-Air Association.  

Our Board of Directors and Staff welcome you and look forward to working with you. 

Your participation and sound financial support of our Bel-Air Association help us to be a major force in keeping our Bel-Air community vital for our members.  

By being a Member of the Bel-Air Association, you will be included in communications and updates that cover a broad spectrum of subjects from Land Use, Emergency Preparedness, Keep Bel-Air Beautiful, Security and other issues relevant to the Bel-Air community. 

Please be aware that the Association's policy is to respond to reasonable requests from Members on a reasonable basis taking into account all of the circumstances related to the request including, without limitation, the burden on the Bel-Air Association's personnel, the time to gather any information, the approval process or review of the Bel-Air Association boards or committees, etc.
 

In furtherance of such policy, the Bel-Air Association will endeavor to respond to reasonable requests within the time frames as required by law or the Association's governing documents.

However, please be advised that the Bel-Air Association reserves the right to refuse to respond to unreasonable requests including, without limitation, requests that include unreasonable derogatory statements or follow up requests when the legal or governing document time frame to respond has not expired.

Every day, in some way, the Bel-Air Association intends to work to give you a uniquely valuable experience by enhancing our community and protecting your security and property values. 

Thank you for being an integral part of our community!

Sincerely,
Ron Hudson
President 



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Young Artist's Symphony Orchestra Performance February 28, 2016 7:00 PM at UCLA Royce Hall


Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community:

For all music enthusiasts who are excited about supporting up and coming talent, the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO) is performing this Sunday in a free concert at UCLA's Royce Hall. YASO is led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger. 

The concert will highlight 22-year-old Principal Horn Julian Zheng, an astonishing rising talent and finalist at the recent Berlin Philharmonic Academy of Music audition, in R. Strauss’s masterpiece, the Concerto for Horn No. 1 in E-flat major. 

Treger also conducts one of the greatest works of the symphonic repertoire, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D major.   Sumptuous lyricism, despair, and passionate resurgence echo the dramatic depths and forceful optimism of Finland’s struggle for independence from Russia.  Ginastera’s beautiful Concerto for Strings includes evocative solo passages for each string instrument and a “highly virtuosic scherzo in which virtually every effect known to stringed instruments is imaginatively exploited.” (Henry Shin, YASO Associate Conductor)

The concert begins at 7:00 pm.

Order Your Tickets Today!

Admission to the concert is free.  Tickets are now available on-line at: www.yasola.org/tickets.  Tickets will be issued by UCLA Royce Hall for this concert. 


Friday, February 19, 2016

Monday February 22, 2016 Hearing on 27-Foot Verizon Wireless Monopoles at 151 and 1349 Stone Canyon Road

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

The Board of Public Works rescheduled a hearing this Monday, February 22, 2016 on both (1) the appeal of the grant of a variance for a Verizon Wireless 27-foot monopole at 1349 Stone Canyon Road, and (2) the grant of a variance for a Verizon Wireless 27-foot monopole at 101 Stone Canyon Road (near Bellagio Road). 

The agendas for the meeting are below and at http://ens.lacity.org/bpw/agendas/bpwagendas86101757_02222016.pdf and http://ens.lacity.org/bpw/agendas/bpwagendas86101796_02222016.pdf. The hearings are at 10:00 a.m. in Room 350 at City Hall. The agenda items are #5 and #7:

5. Recommending Board (1) deny the appeal of the Bureau of Engineering determination to locate an Above Ground Facility adjacent to 1349 North Stone Canyon Road; (2) approve the request for a variance from the height limitation requirements of the AGF Ordinance; and (3) authorize Verizon Wireless to install a 27-foot high mono-pole in the public right-of-way adjacent to 1349 North Stone Canyon Road with the condition that Verizon Wireless work with the appellants to design a mono-pole similar in appearance to the existing street light poles in the area.

7. Recommending Board approve the request for a variance from the height limitation requirements of the Above Ground Facilities Ordinance and allow Verizon to install a 27-foot high steel mono-pole in the public right-of-way adjacent to 151 North Stone Canyon Road.

We will again appear at the hearing to support the condition that Verizon’s contractor use a monopole that is similar in appearance to the existing streetlight poles along Stone Canyon Road. 

As we informed you in our prior blog posts, we have already appeared at 3 recent Board of Public Works hearings in support of the affected neighbors on these and other Verizon cell sites on Stone Canyon Road, where we argued for and obtained the same condition and agreement from the Board and Verizon’s contractor. 

We have been accomplishing this by consulting and working with the affected community members and Verizon’s contractor, who has cooperated extensively with us. Pictures of the faux streetlight pole that the contractor has proposed at 1349 Stone Canyon Road are attached.

Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the cell towers proposed along Stone Canyon Road, or any other issues in our community.

Sincerely,

Your Bel-Air Association










Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BEL-AIR ASSOCIATION'S LAND USE GUIDING PRINCIPLES


Dear Bel-Air Neighbors,
The Bel-Air Association has been engaged with a wide range of land use issues over the past few years, from:

·       the inundation of hauling trucks on our streets impacting the safety of our community, to
·       over-regulation reducing the value and enjoyment of our homes by restricting our ability to update and develop our properties

To appropriately and consistently address these matters as they arise, the Board of the Bel-Air Association recently adopted the following Land Use Guiding Principles when considering projects in our area:

1.    To protect our community, health and safety
2.    To protect our property values
3.    To protect our freedom to reasonably develop our properties

The Bel-Air Association has developed these principles to best reflect the wide-ranging views of our membership, which include members that desire zero development policies to those who support maximized residential development.  

While making these decisions is not easy, I feel strongly that these guiding principles will serve our community best as we strike the right balance allowing for reasonable development while demanding best construction practices and uncompromising safety for our streets and community.

Sincerely,
Ron Hudson
Bel-Air Association President

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Deadline for Submission of New Member Applications and Dues Extended to February 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,

We have extended our previously announced deadline for acceptance of new member applications and dues in order to allow an additional opportunity to become members and participate in our future Annual Meeting of Members. 

Those within the community who are not currently a member and have not yet submitted their new member application and dues, and wish to become a member of our Association in order to be sent written notice of the Annual Meeting and have the right to vote at the Annual Meeting, must submit a completed application and annual dues of $350 by this Thursday, February 11, 2016. 

All new member applications and dues must be received in our office (100 Bel Air Road, Los Angeles, California 90077) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

This additional extension of time will necessarily require us to reschedule our Annual Meeting from the most recently announced date of March 23, 2016. 

Please stay tuned for further details.

Sincerely,
Your Bel-Air Association

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hearing on 27-Foot Verizon Wireless Pole at 1349 Stone Canyon Road This Friday, February 5, 2016


Dear Bel-Air Association Members and Community,



The Board of Public Works has scheduled a hearing this Friday on the appeal of the grant of a variance for a Verizon Wireless 27-foot monopole at 1349 Stone Canyon Road. The agenda for the meeting is below and at http://ens.lacity.org/bpw/agendas/bpwagendas86101372_02052016.pdf. The hearing is at 10:00 a.m. in Room 350 at City Hall.



The agenda item is #1, on page 3. It recommends granting Verizon’s request for a height variance on condition of designing a pole that is similar in appearance to the existing streetlight poles in the area:



Recommending Board (1) deny the appeal of the Bureau of Engineering determination to locate an Above Ground Facility (AGF) adjacent to 1349 North Stone Canyon Road; (2) approve the request for a variance from the height limitation requirements of the AGF Ordinance; and (3) authorize Verizon Wireless to install a 27-foot high mono-pole in the public right-of-way adjacent to 1349 North Stone Canyon Road with the condition that Verizon Wireless work with the appellants to design a mono-pole similar in appearance to the existing street light poles in the area.



We plan to appear at the hearing to support the condition that Verizon’s contractor work with the affected community members to design and use a monopole that is similar in appearance to the existing streetlight poles along Stone Canyon Road. We appeared at two Board of Public Works hearings last month on other Verizon cell sites on Stone Canyon Road, where we argued for and obtained the same condition and agreement from the Board and Verizon’s contractor. We did this after consulting and working with the affected community members and Verizon’s contractor.



Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the cell towers proposed along Stone Canyon Road, or any other issues in our community.



Sincerely,

Your Bel-Air Association