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marina chick March 29, 2014 at 11:34 PM
I'd like the writer to interpret the ordinance, not just cut and paste it...I read it but have noRead Moreid ea what it means.. example is "That strict application of zoning regulations as they apply to such property will result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship inconsistent with the general purpose of such regulations and standards; and" What does that mean to mdr residents? thanks
Robert Cherno March 31, 2014 at 04:04 AM
Many years ago, the California Supreme Court expressed its concern that if variances were routinely Read Moregranted without satisfying the legal prerequisites, administrative boards, such as planning commissions, could undermine the legislative role of a city council by essentially rewriting the zoning code on an ad hoc basis. Therefore, the court announced new, more stringent standards for variances to ensure that variances are the exception rather than the rule. The court stated that judicial review of variances could no longer be "perfunctory or mechanically superficial.” Instead, the court required agencies to adopt written findings, supported by substantial evidence in the record, that demonstrate compliance with each of the statutory criteria for a variance. In essence, Los Angeles County law requires that the property be unique in some way, unlike any other property in the area, and in order for it to be developed, requires changes in the zoning laws. The property in question is one of the most valuable properties anywhere in Los Angeles County, and clearly does not require zoning variances to be developed. In addition, the Los Angeles County Conflict of Interest law prohibits the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning from granting zoning variances and conditional use permits to properties owned by Los Angeles County. These properties not only don't meeting the requirements of granting a zoning variance in Los Angeles County, but clearly, the properties are owned by Los Angeles County and therefore the Department of Regional Planning is violating the law by granting said zoning variances and conditional use permits!