From: Karen Gilman <_gilperson2@...
Date: Feb 4, 2008 7:23 AM
Subject: Housing density bonus before City Council wednesday
Subject: density bonus before full City Council Wednesday a.m., Feb. 6,
2008, 10:00 a.m., LA CIty Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 340, John Ferraro Council
Chambers; see lacity.org and click on agendas and meetings for more details:
This item is #22 on the agenda at the 10 a.m. slot.
ITEM NO. (22) - Motion Required
GENERAL EXEMPTION, COMMUNICATION FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY and ORDINANCE FIRST
CONSIDERATION amending Sections 12.22, 12.24, 14.00 and 19.01 of the Los
Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to implement a density bonus program, as required
by State law (SB 1818).
Recommendations for Council action, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR:
1. FIND that adoption of this Ordinance is generally exempt from the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section
15061(b)(3), and City Guidelines, Article II, Section I, because it can be seen
with certainty that codifying the procedures for implementing the state
density bonus law will not have a significant effect on the environment and ADOPT
Notice of Exemption No. ENV. 2008-87-CE.
2. ADOPT the January 14, 2008 FINDINGS of the Director of Planning as the
Findings of Council.
3. PRESENT and ADOPT the accompanying ORDINANCE, disapproved by the Director
of Planning, amending Sections 12.22, 12.24, 14.00 and 19.01 of the LAMC to
implement a density bonus program, as required by State law (SB 1818). This
proposed ordinance makes changes to the existing density bonus provisions in
the LAMC so as to implement and meet the requirements of SB 1818, which
requires cities to permit increased density for market rate housing projects that
include a percentage of the units "set aside" as affordable to certain income
groups. The proposed ordinance also contains application filing fees, and
fees for enforcement of housing covenants.
4. NOT PRESENT and ORDER FILED Ordinance, disapproved by the Director of
Planning on October 16, 2007.
Fiscal Impact Statement: The Los Angeles Housing Department reports there
will be no impact on the City's General Fund.
Community Impact Statement The Greater Valley Glen Council (Neighborhood
Council) regarding the proposed local ordinance implementing SB 1818, reports
that the following over-reaches beyond those required by State law must not
become law because they unjustifiably overburden the infrastructure and
frustrate the law's stated intent (a) No reduction in parking requirements below SB
1818; (b) No quadrupling SB 1818's base density bonus on for-sale projects to
produce higher total units without creating any additional affordable units;
and (c) No increased base density bonus based on overbroad definition of
"transit corridor" (1/4 mile from bus stop) to justify more total units without
creating a single additional affordable units. The City's share of re-sale
profits on for-sale affordable units should be used to preserve that affordable
housing's specific neighborhood infrastructure.
Community Impact Statement: The Board of the Studio City Neighborhood
Council supports the letter to Mayor Villaraigosa, authored by Los Angeles County
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, dated September 24, 2007 (attached to Council File
10 VOTES REQUIRED
(Planning and Land Use Management and Housing, Community and Economic
Development Committees waived consideration of the above matter) WEDNESDAY
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