Celebrating the Creative Community of Venice.
In thinking about the agenda for our January 10, 2017 Discussion Forum Committee meeting, I started with the last page of the December 13, 2016 meeting’s Discussion Generator which ends with the following ‘meta-question’:
What changes to the current land-use laws would discourage the discouragement and encourage the encouragement of construction of homes in existing residential communities which would become, over time, within the economic reach of ownership by our less wealthy residents?
My recent efforts to further broaden this ‘meta-question’ are reflected in my following replacement question:
What changes to current laws would discourage the discouragement and encourage the encouragement of efforts to provide more less expensive ‘homes’ in residential communities in a way which would become over time within the economic reach of ownership by less wealthy residents – ‘homes’ where they and their families would feel they ‘belong’ to a ‘community’ without the fears common in ‘ghettos’ – a systemic approach which would create and then maintain a housing supply/demand balance in all residential communities in which diversity could more naturally evolve?
I consider answers to the above ‘meta-question’ critical to developing any strategy capable of implementing the intent of the Diversity Vision Goal which reads as follows:
Consider strategies that encourage & facilitate realistic recommendations designed to increase economic diversity, including [affordable
less expensive*] housing, etc.
[* Clarification inserted November 24, 2014 by Joe Murphy]
By generalizing the question and calling it a ‘meta-question’, I’m hoping that it will make our DFC discussions more deliberative – more likely, as intended by the Board in its Venice Neighborhood Council Vision Goals:
.. to promote a more proactive, collaborative vision for VNC Committees to include in their deliberations as they formulate recommendations for Board consideration ..
and to thereby implement its
.. intent .. to create a working framework of integrated strategies capable of achieving, over time, broader consensus and increased .. [Focus on Children, Participation, Walkability, Diversity, Creativity, Collaboration, Brainstorming]
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 1708 North Lincoln Boulevard. It will consider an appeal, in part, of the Zoning Administrator’s Determination to approve a Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on-site and offsite consumption in conjunction with a proposed change of use to restaurant/market with outdoor patios, only as it relates to off-site parking.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, and 1910 S. Penmar Avenue. It will consider an appeal of the Deputy Advisory Agency’s decision to approve the subdivision of a maximum of three (3) small lots and the construction of three (3) new small lot homes, in accordance with the City’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, with deviations of minimum lot areas of not more than 20 percent.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 519-521 East Boccaccio Avenue. It will consider the demolition of an existing duplex.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 519-521 South Narcisus Court. It will consider the demolition of an existing duplex.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 515 East Washington Boulevard #109. It will consider a Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on-site consumption, in conjunction with an existing 993 square-foot restaurant with 26 interior seats, with hours of operation from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 918 E. Milwood Avenue. It will consider the demolition of a one-story duplex with a detached garage and construction of a new two-story, 2,682 square-foot single-family dwelling with a rooftop deck, attached two-car garage, and a swimming pool.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 676 & 678 E. Marr Street. It will consider the demolition of a one-story, single-family dwelling on two lots and the construction of a three-story, 2,383 square-foot single-family dwelling with a rooftop deck at 678 Marr Street and the construction of a three-story 2, 686 square-foot single-family dwelling with a rooftop deck at 676 Marr Street; each project provides two parking spaces.
This is a special joint meeting of the VNC Board and Rules and Selections Committee and utlizing the minimum allowed 24 hr notice.
related LA Times OpEd articles
The attached LA Times OpEd – contributed by two individuals who clearly understand the history of US land use and its zoning underpinnings – challenges both the mayor’s Hoover Style Development & the protectionists’ Neighborhood Integrity Initiative strategies for dealing with the current LA Housing Crisis. It has implications for the VNC’s LUP and Homeless Committees among others.
The authors of the attached propose the following alternative integrated strategy: