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the skunks of los feliz
3.20.2006
 
Big news - the GGPNC will be tackling the draft Hollywood Community Plan in a March 29th meeting, in which they will give a general overview of the proposed zoning changes for the Los Feliz area (you can get a preview of the changes here, on this excellent page put together by the Council). This process should be interesting (read: contentious), as the plan contains some proposals that may prove controversial.

Among them:

- A planned Rapid Bus Line that would run through Los Feliz village via busy Vermont Avenue.
- Increase in height allowances along a U-shaped corrider south of Franklin, described by Vermont, Hillhurst, and Hollywood Blvd.
- The upzoning of Hillhurst north of Franklin. This change would increase height allowances and floor area ratios in order to "allow economic growth".

In other words, it looks like Los Feliz is directly in the cross-hairs of the city's policy of directing high-density development towards areas with "subway station proximity". That's not necessarily a bad thing - in fact, that's pretty good policy. However, the devil is in the details, and it remains to be seen whether that policy can be implemented in a way that protects quality of life, while simultaneously promoting higher densities.

We'll soon see.

Details: GGPNC Planning/Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee meeting. Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 P.M. Citibank building on Hillhurst.
 
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