An interim control ordinance aimed to halt teardowns in Miracle Mile, Larchmont Heights and the La Brea Hancock Neighborhood was put on hold Feb. 24 by the city Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
The committee heard public comments from council members, residents and other representatives of the 14 areas that would be protected under the ordinance.
Neighborhood groups are anxious to pass the ordinances while waiting for amendments to the Baseline Masionization Ordinance which can take up to two years. Passed seven years ago, it is filled with loopholes that have allowed McMansions to be developed.
The delay at PLUM last month was unfortunate, said James O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. “How many houses will we lose in that period of time,” before it heads back to a vote, he said.
Barbara Savage, president of La Brea Hancock Association, is also frustrated with the delay. She is concerned with the extra square footage developers have been allowed for sustainable measures.
The good news was the Miracle Mile along with La Brea Hancock were placed in a mirror image of Beverly Grove’s Residential Floor Area District. Once approved by PLUM it goes to the City Council. It is expected to be back at PLUM this month.