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West Hollywood--Proposed amendment would weaken ordinance

Postby Vavala » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:03 pm

The City of West Hollywood, which received a grade of A on both the 2003 and 2008 Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Report Cards, is proposing a revision of the city’s Cultural Historic Preservation ordinance.

The proposed change would lengthen the period of time required, from the current 5 years to 10 years, before a property (that was nominated in the past but ultimately not designated) could be brought forth again for re-nomination.

The proposed changes also alter the language of this ordinance to prevent a re-nomination from occurring within the 10-year period even if substantial new information is brought forward and amends it to state that a re-nomination within the 10-year period can occur if filed by the current owner of the property.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission will be reviewing these proposed changes and providing advisory input at their next meeting on Monday, April 27, which is open to public comment.

Letters should be addressed to:

Genene Lehotsky
City of West Hollywood
8300 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Re: ZTA/Historic Preservation Ordinance - West Hollywood


APRIL 27, 2009


(Genene Lehotsky, Contract Senior Planner)


The Commission is being asked to provide advisory input on a text amendment to West Hollywood Municipal Code Section 19.58.070 of the Cultural Heritage Preservation ordinance with regard to the renomination process.


It is recommended that the Commission review the amendment outlined in this report and identify any issues that should be discussed by the Planning Commission and City Council in their review of proposed modification.


Pursuant to Section 19.58.070 of the Zoning Ordinance, property that has previously been denied status as a cultural resource by the City cannot be nominated again by a member of the public five (5) years following the City’s decision.

At the City Council meeting of April 6, 2009, the late Sal Guarriello brought to the
Council an item regarding the renomination of properties. The City Council discussed this provision of the ordinance and directed staff on a 4 – 1 vote (Duran voting no) to initiate a zone text amendment of Section 19.58.070. The staff report prepared by Councilmember Guarriello’s office stated that if the property owner attempts to counter argue the historical significance of their property during the nomination process, it is a time consuming and financially burdensome process. To alleviate this burden and increase property owners’ security and control over their properties without discouraging the public from participating in the nomination process, an amendment to the ordinance was recommended.

Specifically, the zone text amendment that Council directed staff to initiate includes: a) Lengthen the period of time required to pass, before a property may be brought forth by a member of the public for re-nomination for historic preservation, from the current five (5) years to ten (10) years. This may occur earlier than ten (10) years if the nomination statement is filed by the property owner; b) Allow the Council to reconsider a designation or non-designation decision where new evidence is discovered or when Council discovers that information upon which a determination was made was false; and c) Ensure that all properties that were previously denied status of historic preservation more than five (5) years ago, but less than ten (10) years ago, will not be eligible for renomination until ten (10) years have lapsed from the date of the City’s decision.

It is appropriate for this Commission to discuss the City Council directive as well as the specific language being suggested and provide comment. The Planning Commission and City Council will conduct public hearings on this matter at future meetings and the comments provided by the HPC will be included in both reports.

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