Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

Committee Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM)

Track, review, and provide advice on Planning & Zoning issues in our neighborhood and Los Angeles at large. Foster dialogue between permit applicants and stakeholders. Encourage preservation of the historic structures in our community.

At this time, PZHP inquiries should be directed to the LFNC President at president@losfeliznc.org.

Members
Stakeholder Members
Sorin Alexanian, Dennis Chew, Brian Cornelius, Rosemary DeMonte, Jacqueline Kerr, Christina Khanjian, Gary Khanjian, Randy Myer, Richard Spicer, David Uebersax
Group Info

Email president@losfeliznc.org

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Regular Meeting Time 1st Wednesday – 7pm

News & Updates

Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee Meeting – December 2017

[PLEASE NOTE: THE PLANNING, ZONING, AND HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMITTEE (PZHP) HAS CHANGED ITS NAME TO THE PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT (PLUM) COMMITTEE]

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1.  Call to order. Roll call.
2.  Public comments on non-agenda items.
3.  Discussion and possible action on the following proposed projects:

A.  1812-1818 N Vermont Ave
(DIR-2016-4788-SPP) Change of use to restaurant per condition 9 of ZA-2011-3147(CUB) A new CUP to allow sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in a 3,942 SF restaurant, 2,950 SF theater and 400 SF outdoor corridor with 194 indoor and 40 outdoor seats. Hours 11am-2am daily.

4.Discussion and possible action on:

I.The Department of City Planning has released the proposed Commercial Cannabis Signage Ordinance, which would would establish restrictions on advertising of cannabis and cannabis products on signs in the City.
II. CIS for STAND LA a coalition of community groups that advocate for community health and who are very concerned that there is no zoning laws regarding oil drilling in LA.

5. Other comments and reports

A.  City wide sign ordinance update (Spicer and Kerr).

6. Adjourn.

Join the Ad Hoc Committee on Housing

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council is seeking interested neighbors to join the Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Housing.

This new committee will develop a set of guidelines/best practices to help guide future housing development in Los Feliz.*

Specifically, the committee will be focusing on: affordable housing, designated low-income units, rent stabilized (RSO) units, the Ellis Act, and the Vermont/ Western Specific Area Plan (SNAP).

Membership is open to any interested stakeholder**.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

 

*Subject to approval/ modification by the elected members of the LFNC Governing Board.

**Stakeholders are people who live, work or own real property within LFNC boundaries and also people who can declare a legitimate stake in the neighborhood by affirming a substantial and ongoing participation in a community organization within the Council’s boundaries such as, but not limited to: educational, recreational, business, public safety, nonprofit and/or religious organizations.

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Planning, Zoning, and Historical Preservation Committee Meeting – October 2017

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  1. Call to order. Roll call.
  2. Public comments on non-agenda items.
  3. Discussion and possible action on the following proposed projects/ council files:

A.  Council File 17-0447 – “Land Use Codes / Oil and Gas Development / Impact on Resident Health and Safety / Code Change Proposals”

i.  Presentation by Leah Garland

 

B.  4439-4441 W Sunset Blvd. (ZA-2017-2932-CUB)

Applicant requests a Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in conjunction with the renovation of an existing 2,646 sf restaurant already selling alcohol with one fixed bar and a 585 sf uncovered patio on private property having 166 interior seats and 30 exterior seats and hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 2.a.m

 

C.  1754 Berendo (DIR-2017-3555-SPP; ENV-2017-3556-EAF)

 

Applicant requests a project permit compliance for the construction of a new 4 unit three-story single family residences townhomes, in the Vermont/Western SNAP specific plan area. Demolition of existing single family residence.

 

 

D.  4556, 4558 W Melbourne Ave., 1764 N Rodney Dr. (ZA 2017-3757-ZAA)

Applicant requests a zoning administrator’s adjustment to allow a 4′-0″ rear yard setback in lieu of the required 7′-6′ rear yard setback for a distance of 4′-11″ at an expansion of the existing 2nd story bathroom.

 

E.  2115 North Cedarhurst Dr. (ZZA 2017-3667-ZAA)

 

For the purposes of adding a new 204sf addition, including Master Bath and two Master Closets at the second floor (with new windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, and lighting) applicant requests a zoning administrator’s adjustment to reduce the side yard setback at the second floor addition from 7′-0” to 4′-6″; to eliminate the required minimum fight foot deep off set/ plane break for a length of 8′-2″ (for a total linear distance of 53′-2 3/8″); approve construction that adds Residential Floor Area in excess of the maximum Residential floor area, currently 3118.98 sf, [the total cumulative RFA of the proposed addition is 204sf; area of proposed addition in excess of max. RFA is 153.02sf; total area of residence is 3272sf], and reduce Encroachment Plane by 2′-5″.

 

 

 

7.  Other comments and reports

i.  Citywide sign ordinance update (Spicer and Kerr).

8.   [MOTION] to approve the minutes for the September 2017 meeting of the committee.

9.    Adjourn.

Planning, Zoning, and Historical Preservation Committee Meeting – September 2017

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  1. Call to order. Roll call.
  2. Public comments on non-agenda items.
  3. Discussion and possible action on the following proposed projects (all documents received from the Department of City Planning can be found in the full agenda packet):
    1. 1724-1732 N. Vermont Ave.; 4644-4650 Kingswell Ave.
      (DIR-2017-3081-SPP)
      Applicant requests change-of-use from 3,100 sf office to a joint living and work quarter.
    2. 4821 Ambrose Ave.
      (ZA-2017-2854-ZAA-F)
      Applicant requests permission to allow an over-height fence (not exceeding 8ft) in the front and sideyard setbacks and to allow parking as not allowed within the front yard setback.
    3. 4279, 4281, 4283 W. Fountain Ave.
      (ZA-2017-3146-ZV / ENV-2017-3147-EAF)
      Applicant requests a zone variance to allow the existing 2,262 sf, 2 story building to be used as a commercial building in the R.1 zone.
    4. 4439-4441 W Sunset Blvd.
      (ZA-2017-2932-CUB)
      Applicant requests a Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in conjunction with the renovation of an existing 2,646 sf restaurant already selling alcohol with one fixed bar and a 585 sf uncovered patio on private property having 166 interior seats and 30 exterior seats and hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 2.a.m
  4. Discussion and possible action on: the Governing Boards 7/18/17 request tasking the “PZHP committee to recommend a plan to the Board as to how to best proceed with establishing a set of guidelines related to the LFNC’s positions on affordable housing, low-income units, RSO units, and the Ellis Act.”
  5.  MOTION: “That the PZHP chair shall inform all applicants that the committee may ask for/ request proper background evidence that the tenants were given fair termination of their tenancy.” (Chew
  6. Other comments and reports
    1. City wide sign ordinance update (Spicer and Kerr)
  7. Adjourn.

 

 

Planning, Zoning, and Historical Preservation Committee

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  1. Call to Order.
  2. Roll Call.
  3. Review and approval of prior committee meeting minutes.
  4. Public Comments on Non-agenda items.
  5. CPLA (Coalition to Preserve LA) representative Susan Hunter will discuss her group’s efforts to

    make the ongoing Los Angeles General Plan Update a more transparent process.

  6. Discussion and possible action on the following proposed projects:

    A. 4343 Clarissa Ave. AA 2017 1388 PMLA
    Kyle McCloskey Westcon Engineering for Clarissa Properies, LLC (Mark Habibi)
    Applicant proposes two new condominium units on a residential lot formerly continaing two residential units.

    B. 4555, 4557 W Ambrose Ave; 2107, 2109, 2111, 2113 N Rodney Drive
    Applicant: Aaron Belliston for Manhattan 4 LLC
    Applicant proposes to demolish a 3 unit apartment building and remove one street tree, subdivide the land into 4 new single family dwellingsin a small lot subdivision. Applicant requests 4 ft of additional building height (34 ft in lieu of permitted 30 ft.) to allow for roof slopes, parapets and guardrails.

6. Other Comments, Announcements and Reports.
A. Draft Sign Ordinance Update – Richard Spicer and Jacqueline Kerr

7. Adjourn.

Hollywood Community Plan Update Public Meeting

On July 8th from 10AM – 12PM, a public meeting will be held at the Los Feliz Public Library to discuss the new draft proposal of the Hollywood Community Plan:

The Hollywood Community Plan (HCPU2) sets the stage for the future of Hollywood. It directs anticipated development to already urbanized areas of the Community Plan Area, identifying suitable areas for new development while preserving existing low-scale neighborhoods.

More information can be found at the Hollywood Community Plan website. This event is not sponsored or being run by the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council.

Planning, Zoning, and Historic Preservation Committee Meeting – May 2017

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  1. Call to Order.
  2. Roll Call.
  3. Review and approval of prior committee meeting minutes.
  4. Public Comments on Non-agenda items.
  5. Discussion and possible action on the following proposed projects:

 

A. 4011-4013 Sunset Dr. AA 2016 4818 – PMLA/ENV 2016-4819-EAF
Joseph Adhoot, Bow Hunter Development.
Applicant proposes to demolish existing 3-unit residential building and garage on the site and construct 4 small lot subdivision homes. Project includes site grading, removal and hauling of 1564 cubic yards of spoils. Reference LAMC Section 17.53 parcel map for small lot subdivision to establish 4 new lots. Reference Small Lot Design Gidelines Handbook dated January, 2014.

B. 2252 Talmadge Street ZA 2017 1216 – ZAD
Linda Brettler/Lydia Dubois Wetherwax for Stephen Falk
Two story addition to rear of house; top floor addition: master bedroom and bath (approximately 470 sf), lower room addition: bedroom and and bath (approximately 470 sf); new decks and kitchen remodel. Applicant requests reduced off street parking for substandard hillside street; existing driveway currently accomodates additional parking space required so would not adversely affect street neighborhood; this driveway is not within the property line.

C. 1860-1868 N. Western Avenue and 5440, 5446,5448 W. Franklin Avenue CPC-201 6-1 954-CU- MCUP DB.SPP.SPR, VTT-74169 ENV-2016-1 955 MND
The proposed project involves the demolition of a gas station, a one-story single-family residence and a one-story duplex and the construction of a 101,916-square-foot, 60-foot, five-story mixed use project that includes 96 residential units and approximately 5,546 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Of the 90 units, 19 percent or 16 units will be set aside as Restricted Affordable units for very Low lncome Households. The project provides a total of 123 parking spaces located on the ground level and in one subterranean parking level. The project is located in the C4-1D and R3-1 zones within sub areas A (Neighborhood Conservation) and B (Mixed use Boulevards) of the Vermont Western Station Neighborhood Area Plan (SNAP) Transit Oriented District Specific Plan.

The City Planning Commission will consider:

1. Pursuant to Section 12.24 U.26. of the LAMC, a Conditional Use to increase the density greater than the maximum permitted in LAMC Section 12.22 A.25. The Applicant seeks a density bonus increase of 75 percent over the entire project site in order to permit 96 dwelling units in lieu of 55 dwelling units.

  1. Pursuant to Section 12.22 A.25(g)(2) of the LAMC, the Applicant proposes to set aside 16 units, or 19 percent of the dwelling units as Restricted Affordable Units and requests the following two (2) on- menu incentives:
    1. A 3:1 Floor Area Ratio (FAR) over the entire project site in lieu of the permitted 1:1 FAR in the

      C4-1D portion of Subarea A and the 2:1 FAR for a Mixed-Use Project in Subarea B.

    2. Averaging floor area ratio, density, open space, and parking within the C4-1D and R3-1 Zones

      and Subareas A and B.

  2. Pursuant to Section 12.22 A.25(g)(3) of the LAMC, the Applicant requests the following four (4) off- menu waivers:
    1. A Waiver of Development Standards to Section 7.A of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to allow seven (7) lots having a combined lot area of 38,568 square feet to be tied together to form a single building site in lieu of a maximum of two lots having a combined lot area of 15,000 square feet to be tied together to form a single building site for residentially zoned properties in Subarea A.
    2. A Waiver of Development Standards to Section 7.B of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to allow seven (7) lots having a combined lot area of 38,568 square feet to be tied together to form a single building site in lieu of a maximum of two lots having a combined lot area of 10,000 square feet to be tied together to form a single building site for commercially zoned properties in Subarea A.
    3. A Waiver of Development Standards in the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to permit an increase in transitional height over the entire project site:
      1. A Waiver of Section 7.D of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to permit an increase in height of 16 feet two inches, thereby allowing 60 feet in transitional height in lieu of 15 feet above the shortest adjacent building or 43 feet ten inches (above the shortest adjacent building) in Subarea A.
      2. A Waiver of Section 8.C of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan for an increase in height of 35 feet, thereby allowing 60 feet in transitional height in lieu of 25 feet required for buildings located within a distance of 0 to 49 feet from an abutting lot in Subarea A; and to permit an increase in height of 27 feet, thereby allowing 60 feet in transitional height in lieu of 33 feet required for buildings located within a distance of 50 to 99 feet from an abutting lot in Subarea A.
      3. A Waiver of Section 8.1 of the of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan and Section V.6 of the Vermont/Western SNAP Development Standards and Design Guidelines for an increase in height of 30 feet, allowing portions of the building to be 60 feet in height within 15 feet of the front property line in lieu of 30 feet in height within 15 feet of the front property line in Subarea B.
    4. A Waiver of Development Standards in the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to permit an increase in building height over the entire project site:
      1. A Waiver of Section 8.8.1 of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to permit a building height of 60 feet in lieu of the maximum permitted building height of 50 feet for a Mixed-Use Project in Subarea B.
      2. A Waiver of Section 8.8.1 of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to permit roof structures to exceed the height limit up to 17 feet six inches within zero feet from the roof perimeter in lieu of permitting roof structures to exceed the height limit up to ten feet when those roof structures are setback ten feet from the roof perimeter.
      3. A Waiver of Section 7.D of the Vermont/Western SNAP Specific Plan to permit roof structures to exceed the height limit up to 22 feet eight inches within zero feet from the roof perimeter in lieu of permitting roof structures to exceed the height limit up to 10 feet when those roof structures are setback 10 feet from the roof perimeter.
  3. Pursuant to Section 11.5.7 of the LAMC, a Project Permit Compliance Review with the Vermont/Western Station Neighborhood Area Plan (SNAP) Transit Oriented District Specific Plan.
  4. Pursuant to Section 16.05 of the LAMC, a Site Plan Review for a project which creates, or results in an increase of 50 or more dwelling units.
  5. Pursuant to Section 12.24 W.1 of the LAMC, a Master Conditional Use to allow the sale and/or dispensing of alcoholic beverages for on-site and off-site consumption.

6. Other Comments, Announcements and Reports.

  1. Draft Sign Ordinance Update – Richard Spicer and Jacqueline Kerr
  2. SNAP Guidelines Document – Gary Khanjian

7. Adjourn.

Planning, Zoning, and Historic Preservation Meeting — April 2017

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  1. Call to Order.
  2. Roll Call.
  3. Review and approval of prior committee meeting minutes
  4. Public Comments on Non-agenda items.
  5. Discussion and possible action on the following proposed projects:
    1. 2138 Hillhurst DIR 198 963
      Elizabeth Valerio, Valerio Architects representing Paul Greco Family Trust.
      Termination of current revocation action on the site as indicated in Case ZA-1998-963 (RV)(PA5) which imposed conditions of approval for a use permit on the prior owner/operator of Tangier Korean Barbeque.
    2. 2138 Hillhurst Avenue ZA-2017-154
      Elizabeth Valerio, Valerio Architects representing Starbucks.
      Applicant requests a conditional use permit to allow the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on=site consumption in conjunction with a proposed 3291 square foot restaurant with 70 seats, and a 1383 square foot outdoor patio with 38 seats in the C4-1D zone. Proposed hours of operation are from 5 AM to 2 AM daily in lieu of Commercial Corner/Mini Shopping Center regulations. The proposed project includes a remodel to the shell of an existing 7499 square foot restaurant in which 3291 square feet will be used for the proposed Starbucks and the remaining 2825 square feet will be sublet.
    3. Discussion and possible action:
      Review of Los Feliz development projects within Station Neighborhood Area Plan (aka SNAP) regarding the combining of mixed “sub-area” lots, height and FAR limitations, and potential add on “density bonuses.” Recommendation of guiding principles or other advisements to LFNC Governing Board for reviewing pending and future projects including subject properties : 4767 & 4773 Hollywood blvd; 1860 Western Avenue (5440-5448 Franklin Avenue ).
  6. Other Comments, Announcements and Reports.
    1. Draft Sign Ordinance update and potential actions – Richard Spicer and Jaqueline Kerr
  7. Adjourn.