Monday, November 30, 2009

LA County Proposed Oak Tree Permit Ordinance Amendment

A proposed amendment to Title 22 (Planning and Zoning) of the Los Angeles County Code Oak Tree Permits Ordinance. The amendment will update Title 22 pruning standards to be consistent with Fire Department requirements, define and specify regulation of deadwood, and add a new exemption to allow the Fire Department to adopt and implement their draft Healthy Oaks Ordinance. The amendment will not directly or indirectly allow the pruning or impact of trees for development.
The Forestry Division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Forester) proposed the Healthy Oaks Ordinance in order to allow property owners to prune or treat protected oak trees for health purposes without requiring an oak tree permit from Regional Planning. The Healthy Oaks Ordinance would allow property owners to maintain their trees by obtaining a permit from the Forester. The Healthy Oaks Ordinance permit will allow maintenance pruning on limbs greater than two inches in diameter and other arboricultural treatments to enhance the general health, vigor and safety of oak trees. Any construction or development activity affecting oak trees or unpermitted pruning will require an Oak Tree Permit administered by the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning. The Oak Tree Permits ordinance, Part 16 of Chapter 22.56 in Title 22, must be modified in order for the Forester to implement the Healthy Oaks Ordinance.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

U-2 Guitarist's mansion dreams meets opposition

You might say The Edge is having boundary issues.

The U2 guitarist's plans to build five mountaintop mansions in Malibu with fantastic oceanside views is facing fierce opposition from some famous NIMBYs concerned the homes will be an environmental catastrophe.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposed project would be built above homes belonging to the likes of Dick Van Dyke, Kelsey Grammer and James Cameron and would require some extensive and tricky engineering, including extension of a road down a rugged elevation, grading 70,000 cubic yards of hillside and installing water lines.
Click here for the full article.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fast Food Interim

Fast Food Interim
Ordinance Number: 180103
Adopted Date: July 29, 2008
Effective Dates:
September 14, 2008

An ordinance imposing interim regulations on the issuance of all permits related to the establishment of new fast food restaurants on commercial or industrial zoned properties located on streets designated as Major Highway Class I, Major Highway Class II and Secondary Highway in the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Community Plan area and portions of the South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan areas.
See the ordinance by clicking here.