WLA/Sawtelle Neighborhood Council - PLUM Committee Mtg. 1/9/19 (WED) 7:15 PM

Attached please find the WLA/Sawtelle Neighborhood Council PLUM COMMITTEE MEETING agenda - set for Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019 at 7:15 PM.    PLEASE NOTE THAT PLUM COMMITTEE has shifted their standing meeting - it will be the 2nd Wednesday of each month (not Tuesday).

This is a public meeting and everyone welcome.  For more information please visit the WLASNC website at www.westlasawtelle.org.  See attached PDF file for the agenda.  The information is also included at the bottom of this email.

The PLUM Committee of the WLA/Sawtelle NC is scheduled for:

Wednesday 1/9/19

7:15 pm

Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Senior Center

11338 Santa Monica Blvd. 

Community Room

Los Angeles, CA  90025

Please use the Entrance on Corinth Ave.

Jay Ross is WLASNC PLUM Chair and can be reached at jross@wlanc.com

For those POSTING and/or PRINTING the attached agenda - please let me know if you would like any additional hard copies for distribution.  We will do our best to accommodate.  Thank you very much!

Here are the contents of the attached agenda


Planning and Land Use Committee -- Meeting Agenda

Wed., Jan. 9, 2019 -- 7:15 PM [NEW DAY OF WEEK]

Felicia Mahood Senior Center (11338 Santa Monica Blvd. - Los Angeles, Calif. 90025)

THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT - As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices and other auxiliary aids and/or services, may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting Jay Ross, Board Member, at (310) 979-9255 or email JRoss@WLANC.com.

PUBLIC ACCESS OF RECORDS – In compliance with Government Code section 54957.5, non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all of the board in advance of a meeting may be viewed at our website: www.WestLASawtelle.org, public dropbox athttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/rctc4um5vw08266/AADFXBHAA0LP0OTy4oAbYfmta?dl=0 , or at the scheduled meeting.  In addition, if you would like a copy of any record related to an item on the agenda, please contact Jay Ross, at (310) 979-9255 or email JRoss@WLANC.com.

PUBLIC INPUT AT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETINGS – The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any agenda item before the Board takes an action on an item. Comments from the public on agenda items will be heard only when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the agenda that are within the Board’s jurisdiction will be heard during the General Public Comment period.   Please note that under the Brown Act, the Board is prevented from acting on a matter that you bring to its attention during the General Public Comment period; however, the issue raised by a member of the public may become the subject of a future Board meeting. Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker, unless adjusted by the presiding officer of the Board.

PUBLIC POSTING OF AGENDAS – PLUM agendas are posted for public review as follows:

•  Website:  www.WestLASawtelle.org (see Committees tab).

•  Dropbox (see PLUM 2018 folder):

•  Email: Subscribing to L.A. City’s Early Notification System at https://www.lacity.org/subscriptions

RECONSIDERATION AND GRIEVANCE PROCESS -  For information on the WLASNC’s process for board action reconsideration, stakeholder grievance policy, or any other procedural matters related to this Council, please consult the Bylaws. The Bylaws are available at our Board meetings and website www.WestLASawtelle.org  

RECORDING MEETINGS –Meetings may be sound or video recorded.

LOCATION – For questions, contact Zel Limenih (310) 479-4119 or Zel.Limenih@LACity.org.

SERVICIOS DE TRADUCCION – Si require servicios de traduccion, favor de avisar al Concejo Vecinal 3 dias de trabajo (72) horas) antes del evento. Por favor contacte a Jay Ross a JRoss@WLANC.com para avisar al Concejo Vecinal.

All items on the agenda are subject to discussion, possible action and filing of a Community Impact Statement to the Office of theCity Clerk.

  1. Call to Order and solicit requests for reasonable accommodations.

    1. Committee is 7 members (quorum is 4): J.Ross, J.Handal, A.Ghorbani, G.Pindell, K.Wataghani, T.Sweeney, K.Schmidt.

  2. Review of Minutes from Dec. meeting.

  3. Public Comment (stakeholders and government agencies) - Items not on the Agenda: 1 minute minimum per speaker.

  4. Government/Agency updates:

    1. Council District #11 (Planning Deputies - Len Nguyen, Krista Kline. Field Deputy - Hannah Levien):

      • Leasing of affordable units: CD11 to meet with HCID on establishing a clearinghouse for new units under construction.

  1. Ex parte communications:

    1. Jay Ross:

      • 11628 Santa Monica Blvd. mixed-use: Chris Murray, Rosenheim & Assocaites, representative - PLUM scheduling.

      • 12001 W Pico. Blvd. mixed-use: Susan Steinberg, Howard Robinson & Assoc., representative - PLUM scheduling.

      • 1947 Sawtelle Blvd. alcohol CUB: Dafne Gokcen, Ed Navarette, FE Design and Consulting - PLUM scheduling.

  1. Administrative:

    1. What does “we need housing” mean?

      • Is it an excuse for developers to build as big as possible?

      • Does every project “need” to be as big as possible while providing miniscule open space and minimal landscaping? Or, should housing be built that blends with the neighborhood, does not impose on the older housing stock, yet still increase the unit count?

    1. Role of PLUM:

      • Rubber-stamp for Planning Dept. and approve all project as long as they “comply” with zoning in our opinion (though only the Planning Dept. can determine that)? Or, shall we defend the long-time neighbors and character of the community by supporting reasonable, smart growth?

      • Is the minimally-required amount of required affordable housing OK for density bonus and TOC projects, or should we request more?

    1. NC reputation with Planning Dept. – do they actually hold NCs in low regard if NCs place conditions/ restrictions on projects to improve the project and protect the neighborhood?

      • Which planners say the WLASNC requests unreasonable design revisions, and which planners hold them in low regard because of community input?

    1. Design: LID stormwater planters – inability to plant and grow / sustain large trees.

      • Includes 2 ft. of aggregate to absorb and filter stormwater, which prevents roots from gaining nutrients and trees from growing.

  1. Tasks:

    1. Compilation of all projects in West L.A. and list of those who have presented to PLUM.

  2. Santa Monica Blvd. Overlay Plan: Report - USC student Kevin Barrow (School of Public Policy.

  3. New business:

    1. 1947 S. Sawtelle Blvd. (old YMCA site): Alcohol CUBs (full service) with hours of operation until 2:00 am for all nights.

      • New 1,490-sf restaurant, 63 indoor seats and 18 patio seats. ZA-2018-4860-CUB. ENV-2018-4861-CE.

      • New 1,261-sf restaurant, 60 indoor seats and 12 patio seats. ZA-2018-4862-CUB. ENV-2018-4863-CE.

      • New 2,022-sf restaurant, 104 indoor seats and 92 patio seats. ZA-2018-4866-CUB. ENV-2018-4867-CE.

      • Application/plans: https://www.dropbox.com/home/2018%20PLUM/Sawtelle%201947%20-%20alcohol%20CUB

      • Consideration of entitlements and motion.

      • Community status: TBD.

      • City status: Submittal on Aug. 22. TBD hearing.

      • NC status: First presentation for PLUM to be scheduled in Jan. Owner requested delay until tenants are found.

      • Representative: Eddie Navarette, Dafne Gokcen, FE Design and Consulting.

      • Owner: Ken Kahan, California Landmark Group.

    1. 12001 W. Pico Blvd.: Demolition of 1-story commercial buildings. New construction of 6-story mixed-use (67-ft. height) with 80 units (8 affordable), 4,117 sf of commercial, and 82 parking spaces. Incentives to reduce open space from 8,000 sf to 6,000 sf (reduction of 25%), to reduce transitional height, and to increase height by 22 ft. and 2 stories. ENV-2018-3173-EAF. DIR-2018-3172-TOC-CDO.

      • Design is with minimum setbacks, reduced transitional height, reduced open space, and maximum height. Site design has no ground-level landscaping and is 100% covered  with building and concrete (95% building footprint and 5% hardscape).

      • Application/plans: https://www.dropbox.com/home/2018%20PLUM/Pico%2012001%20mixed-use

      • Consideration of design / entitlements and motion.

      • Community status: TBD.

      • City status: No hearing - Director’s administrative determination. Submittal on Jun. 1.

      • NC status: First presentation for PLUM in Jan.

      • Representative: Susan Steinberg, Howard Robinson & Assoc.

      • Owner: Jonathan Condos, West Coast Investors, 12001 Pico Property LLC.

    1. Short-term rentals: Review of LUPC motion remanded to PLUM to draft more-detailed resolution.

    2. Standard Conditions of Approval: Review of previously approved document and new revisions from  Dec. meeting.

      • Motion: Construction shall end by 5:00 pm on all days.

        1. Justification: Current end time of 9:00 pm is extremely late.

    1. Conditions of Approval (LA City DBS):

      • Motion: All DBS Conditions of Approval shall require that construction ends by 5:00 pm on all days.

      • Justification: Current end time of 9:00 pm is extremely late.

    1. Offsite advertising on construction fences:

      • Motion: The city shall revise the LAMC and prohibit posters for offsite advertising and contractors on temporary construction fencing.

    1. Design Standards/Guidelines: Review of document/exhibit.

  1. West Los Angeles Community Plan update:

    1. Discussion items: Shall all review be done by Ad Hoc Committee?

      • City shall require inclusionary housing in all multi-family housing (State law allows cities to mandate this.)

      • New Neighborhood Mixed-Use Zone (NMU): Westside NC created and Planning Dept. approved.

    1. Motion: The City shall include zoning and design standards from WLASNC’s approved revisions to:

        1. Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance Amendment.

        2. Westside Multi-Family Q Conditions.

        3. Exposition Station Neighborhood Transit Plan - Bundy Station.

        4. Standard Conditions of Approval.

        5. Design Standards.

          1. Floor area to include all uses above grade (including parking).

          2. FARs to be the same as in NC resolution on Exposition Station Neighborhood Transit Plan.

Members:   Jay Ross, Chair (310) 979-9255 JRoss@WLANC.com          

                  Max Sherman, Vice Chair Max.Charles.Sherman@Gmail.com

                  Jay Handal, Boardmember representative JHandal@WLANC.com     

                  Arman Ghorbani, Boardmember representative AGhorbani@WLANC.com     

                  Galen Pindell GPindell@Gmail.com

                  Timothy Sweeney SweeneyTimothy@Gmail.com  

                  Karim Wataghani Wataghani@AOL.com

PLUM dropbox with documents: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rctc4um5vw08266/AADFXBHAA0LP0OTy4oAbYfmta?dl=0

All items on the agenda are subject to discussion, possible actionand filing of a Community Impact Statement to the Office of theCity Clerk.

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