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PLUM To Consider Extending ICO Two Years

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The City Council PLUM Committee will consider extending the ICO protecting Brookside and Sycamore Square at its August 2 meeting.

The Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee will consider a recommendation from the Department of Planning to extend a local Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) for 22 months and 15 days, at its next meeting on August 2, 2016.

The resolution calls for extending ICO No. 18438, which temporarily restricts the construction of large, out-of-scale homes in the Brookside, Picfair Village, Sherman Oaks, Sycamore Square and Wilshire Vista neighborhoods in Council Districts Four and Ten.

Local neighborhood associations are pleased about the possible extension. 

“It’s a good thing for Sycamore Square in that it will take us a while to educate our residents about an HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) and give us a stronger consensus for that,” said Sue Horowitz, President of Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, whose group kicked off an HPOZ petition drive last week. “The ICO is a start, but because it doesn’t protect against tear-downs, there is more work to do on that.”

The Department of City Planning requested the extension so it would have more time to work on the re:code LA effort to provide a wider variety of new single family zoning options instead of the current one-size-fits-all R-1 zoning.

“Recognizing that one size does not fit all, the Department of City Planning is working to further differentiate the ubiquitous R1 Zone to provide more tailored development standards, including more refined size and massing provisions, to better meet the needs of the City’s vastly different R1-Zoned neighborhoods,” according to the recommendation filed by the Planning Department.

The PLUM Committee meeting is Tuesday, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Board of Public Works’ Edward R. Roybal Hearing Room 350, in City Hall, at 2:30 p.m. The address is 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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