Planning and Land Use Committee on May 21, 2019

Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa
www.ncwpdr.org


Committee: 
Planning and Land Use Committee

Chairperson: 
Patricia Lyon

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Meeting Place: 
Westchester Municipal Building Community Room / 7166 W. Manchester Ave / 90045

Discussion/Action (Motion): 
  1. Welcome and Introduction

  2. Minutes Review and Approval - 19 March 2019 & 16 April 2019 PLUC meeting minutes.

  3. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

  4. LMU Off-Campus Student Housing 

    Background - Discussion regarding LMU off-campus student housing, university managed (owned and/or operated).

    • Presenter(s): Committee discussion.
    • Related Documents: if any, provided at meeting. 
    • Public Comment
    • Committee Discussion
    • Possible Committee Action: Motion to Support/Deny/Modify
    • Community Impact Statement (CIS) consideration
  5. Westchester Golf Partners / Westchester Golf Course Clubhouse Refurbishment Project 

    Background - Propose for some expansion and upgrading to improve ADA accessibility and voluntarily comply with current code requirements (Location: 6900 W Manchester, 90045)

    • Presenter(s):
      • Paul Major - Managing Director, Westchester Golf Partners. Will manage clubhouse refurbishment project.
      • Craig Kniffen - SVP of Maintenance and Construction of American Golf Corporation. Will oversee golfclub refurbishment design and construction.
      • D Michael Hamner - Architect and Principal of FAIA, golfclub refurbishment architect.
    • Related Documents: if any, provided at meeting. 
    • Public Comment
    • Committee Discussion
    • Possible Committee Action: Motion to Support/Deny/Modify
    • Community Impact Statement (CIS) consideration
  6. Transit-Oriented Community (TOC) Project Impact and Community Input [CPC-2017-1914-MSC / Los Angeles Municipal Code 12.22 A.31]

    Background - LA's new ordinance defining developer density housing and other variance incentives for building multi-family housing near "major transit stops" (see definition and other TOC ordinance information in agenda Addendum section.) The ordinance states that the "affordable housing incentive area" is defined as being one-half mile radius (2640 ft) around a major transit stop. 

    Given these parameters, the 150 parcels which make up the Reading/Ramsgate neighborhood area all qualify for TOC density bonus projects. Discussion of concerns regarding this TOC "hot spot""

    1. Removal of the current housing from the rental market (legally viable due to the Ellis Act), followed by mass tenant evictions, then demolish of what is now currently a low-density rent-stabilized multi-family housing area. 
    2. The loss of a crucial, strategic opportunity to develop more affordable housing units in the Reading/Ramsgate area, beyond the bare minimum the TOC ordinance and the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) require. 
    3. Planning Department approval of multiple projects without any community input on the non-by-right aspects of new TOC developments in the area. 
    4. Unexamined questions of future public safety and quality-of-life in this potentially hyper-densified multi-family housing area. 
    5. The potential for a missed opportunity to do proactive, community-serving "big picture" planning to overlay the parcel-by-parcel conversion of RSO-to-TOC housing. 
    • Presenter(s): Committee discussion.
    • Related Documents to be presented at meeting:
      • Reference map of Reading/Ramsgate area.
      • Reference list of active Planning application files for TOC projects in this area.
      • Rough calculation of RSO tenant displacement.  
    • Public Comment
    • Committee Discussion
    • Possible Committee Action: Motion to Support/Deny/Modify
    • Community Impact Statement (CIS) consideration
  7. Announcements

    • NC Elections Update
      • When: June 2nd - 10am to 4pm
      • Where: Westchester Municipal Building Community Room / 715 W. Manchester Ave / 90045

    The election is open to any member of the community who is at least 18 years of age on the date of the election, and lives, works or owns property in Zip Codes 90293, 90045, 90094 and the City of Los Angeles portion of 90056 (Ladera Heights). According to the election procedures approved by the City of Los Angeles, voters must verify their stakeholder status by provided acceptable documentation. Every voter planning to vote in the election must bring with them to the polling location proof of stakeholder status, such as

    Driver's license
    Utility bill
    Property tax statement
    Pay stub
    Business tax registration certificate
    Or other documentation that proves they live, work or own property in Zip Codes 90293, 90045, 90094 and the City of Los Angeles portion of 90056 (Ladera Heights). 

    • Next PLUC Meeting: June 18, 2019 @ 6:30pm
  8. Meeting Adjourned


Public Comment Request

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