Hollywood Plan, Not to big?

04/02/2014 3:51 pm0 commentsViews: 36

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A zoning plan that allowed denser projects and
taller buildings to be constructed in the Hollywood area was scrapped today by
the Los Angeles City Council.
The council voted 11-0 to repeal a 2012 update to the Hollywood
Community Plan — which governs the types of projects allowed in the area — in
response to a December ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who said
the update was “fundamentally flawed” and must be rescinded.
Proposed projects in the Hollywood area will now be reviewed according
to a 1988 version of the plan while city officials work “to address
deficiencies that were identified” by the judge, according to Tony Arranaga,
spokesman for Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.
Judge Allan J. Goodman ruled that the document was based on outdated
population estimates from 2004 and 2005 and did not properly plan for an
increased demand for city services.
The planning document was approved in 2012 with vocal support from then-Millennium Hollywood-3
City Councilman Eric Garcetti, now the mayor. Supporters said it would help the
city transform run-down and crime-plagued neighborhoods into bustling
residential and commercial centers.
But Hollywood residents’ groups challenged the plan in court, contending
– among other things — that the allowance for greater density would
increase traffic congestion.

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