STATEMENT: Ryu on Ordinances for Baseline Mansionization and Baseline Hillsides

Councilmember Ryu's statement on Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BHO).


December 9, 2016

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Estevan Montemayor



Many residents in Council District 4 are concerned with the "mansionization" of single-story traditional houses. On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, City Council took action to limit the scale of the construction and revise the City's rules which govern the amount of residential floor area that can be developed on a single-family lot through the approval of the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BHO). The City Attorney will begin to draft an ordinance.

“Protecting our residential neighborhoods has been my top priority over the last 18 months. By approving the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance and the Baseline Hillside Ordinance, our City and it’s residents will have the necessary tools to fight out-of-scale development,” said Councilmember Ryu.

Over the last several years, bubble-fueled redevelopment has impacted house prices due to out-of-scale homes. These larger properties provide no additional housing to the City and, in fact, price-out the City’s long-time residents. Additionally, out-of-scale and out-of-character development have also pitted neighbors against one another, creating toxic community disputes.

“It is critical that the City prevents loopholes that allow for developers and real estate speculators to take advantage of our City’s land use laws.The BMO and the BHO will provide the long term solutions needed for our communities to grow responsibly,” stated Councilmember David Ryu.

Additionally, the BMO & BHO will protect endangered wildlife that live throughout our hillsides, preserve the character and landscape of our historic communities, create fair rules for every applicant looking to build or expand their home, and enhance the public safety for thousands of hillside residents.

Upon entering office, Councilmember Ryu introduced legislation to create an Interim Control Ordinance for Sherman Oaks,Brookside, and Sycamore Square. Find Councilmember Ryu’s motion, here.


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, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

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