CommunityTown Hall Forum
An Interim Control Ordinance for Tarzana?
Monday, November 16, 7:30 pm
TarzanaElementary School, 5726 Topeka Drive
The Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO), passed in 2008, followed bythe Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BHO), established limits on the size of homes based on the property size and zone.
In May, 2014, Councilman Koretz moved (Council File 14-0656) that revisions be made to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) to correct oversights that have since become apparent.
Proposed revisions included elimination of bonuses which permitted a 20% home size increase:
1. The “Green Bonus” provision has been superseded by adoption of the City’s recent Green Building Program (Ordinance No. 181480), a mandatory requirement for all new construction.
2. The two design bonuses “each appear to produce the large, boxy, suburban-style houses that the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance intended to prevent”.
In addition, he proposed eliminating exemptions for attached garages, and porches, patios, and breezeways with solid roofs.
The City Planning Department just released the Draft Ordinance for the revisions to the BMO. It contains minor changes from the Koretz motion; primarily smaller R1 zoned lot limits, a 200-square foot garage exemption, and retention of a bonus for upper story setback. The timeline for adoption of the revisions is late 2016, perhaps into 2017.
In recognition of this delay, Sherman Oaks and Encino have each recently applied for Interim Control Ordinances (ICO) to temporarily implement the revisions.
StudioCityhas had a Residential Floor Area District to limit size for some time.
Approximately 23 neighborhoods in the basin have similar ICOs and there are approximately 30 Historical Preservation Overlay Zone Ordinances with similar limits.
As a result of actions by our neighboring communities, concern has been expressed that Tarzana would become a target for oversized homes.
Do we want to apply for an ICO for Tarzana?