Changes in Land Use Laws Could Threaten R-1 Status of Hancock Park
State Senate Bill 50 would allow denser development close to transportation hubs. While on the surface this seems like a good idea, the definition of proximity to transportation hubs in this legislation includes nearness to bus lines, which directly impacts Hancock Park. Bus lines run down almost all of Hancock Park’s major streets. This bill would make increased density possible in our R-1 residential community, superseding existing zoning law and overruling our HPOZ. The City is also proposing major changes to the way projects are reviewed and approved, consolidating authority and speeding up many processes. While clarification and simplification of public processes are worthy goals, some of these changes would facilitate fast tracking of major developments while limiting community input.
These and other initiatives, including the updating of the Wilshire Community Plan (the blueprint for development and growth in our part of Los Angeles), will have a major impact on our neighborhood. The Association and its Zoning and Land Use Committee are actively opposing bills such as SB50. The Association is also pushing our Councilman and the City to ensure that any changes to zoning that increase development and density and any changes to city review processes be done with input from and consideration for our community.
Now that winter and slightly cooler temperatures are here, think about planting a tree. If you need a parkway tree contact the Association Tree Committee at our website. Crime continues to be a problem so be safe by keeping doors and windows locked, arming your alarm if you have one and if you think someone is on your property call 911. Don’t confront anyone yourself. Also, don’t leave anything in your car in plain view; seeing packages in a car is often an invitation for theft.
Remember, Hancock Park is an HPOZ so be sure and check with our City Planner Suki Gershenhorn (email@example.com), before starting any major landscahing or planning changes to the exterior of your house . The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ can be found at http://www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process (http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist). Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.