PRESS RELEASE: New Zoning for Brookside and Sycamore Square Approved in City Council

Los Angeles - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a zone change for the neighborhoods of Brookside and Sycamore Square. The neighborhoods will be updated from R1 to R1-V3-RG, which provides more specificity for building in the residential neighborhoods. Councilmember Ryu released the following statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 23, 2018

 

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New Zoning for Brookside and Sycamore Square Approved in City Council

 

Los Angeles - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a zone change for the neighborhoods of Brookside and Sycamore Square. The neighborhoods will be updated from R1 to R1-V3-RG, which provides more specificity for building in the residential neighborhoods. Councilmember Ryu released the following statement:

“I am pleased today to secure new zoning for Brookside and Sycamore Square, which will allow homeowners the freedom to make upgrades and additions on their home while preserving the character of the neighborhood,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Most of all, I am proud that this was a community-driven process from start to finish, and that this community was able to determine the future of their neighborhood.”

The Brookside and Sycamore Square zoning changes are part of a citywide change from a single R1 zone to 12 new zones that are variations of the R1 Zone. These  “Variation Zones” maintain the same R1 lot criteria and setback requirements, but include different Residential Floor Area maximums, and also regulate Bulk, Lot Coverage, and Height.

In August 2016 the City Council set an “Interim Control Ordinance” to temporarily halt “mansionization” or development of large, out of scale homes in the Brookside and Sycamore Sq neighborhoods.  In summer of 2017 the Department of City Planning was instructed to apply the new R1 Variation zones in both neighborhoods. In Sycamore sq the community decided that due to the mix of one and two story homes, the R1V (Variation zones) mass zone would be most appropriate.

In Brookside the mix of housing types initially led to a proposal of R1R, or Rear Massing for the entire community. Following a community workshop in November of 2017, and public hearing in December 2017, the Planning Department proposed two zones for the Brookside Community, R1R3-RG and R1V3-RG to accommodate the mix of housing types, and a single zone for Sycamore Square. The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association both indicated their support for the Sycamore Square changes in January of 2018.

At the public hearing for the zone changes at the Planning and Land Use Management Committee on April 17th 2018, residents in Brookside came out to express strong support for a single R1-V3-RG zone instead of a two zone option.

Following the PLUM hearing Councilmember Ryu and his staff worked with neighborhood leaders and the Planning Department on a community-led survey process, to determine whether the residents in the proposed rear mass zones preferred that or the variable mass. 75% of all the affected homes responded, with the majority supporting the single R1-V3-RG zone version. Additionally -- the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and the  Brookside Homeowners Association came out in support of the single zone version.

It comes into effect just as an Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) limiting mansionization was set to expire.

“This zone in Brookside was established with numerous community meetings, an extensive survey process, and engaged and active residents,” Councilmember Ryu added. “I am glad to see this community find a shared zoning policy, and I’m proud to support their decision.”

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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