Whether or not you and your family are from Venice, this is wrong.
Community members are alarmed their phone calls and emails expressing concern and asking questions to City Planning are not being returned.
Here are 3 consistent and repeated ways that the City is ignoring and violating Venice Specific Plan (VSP):
1. City Planning is interpreting the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance (SLSO) to trump the Specific Plan, although the law says that specific plans always trump ordinances. The City is interpreting the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance to allow more units on lots than the Specific Plan allows, and is not requiring any guest parking at all, and is allowing tandem parking that people often don’t use, rather than side-by-side parking.
2. Allowing buildings to be constructed to the maximum possible size even when the proposed building is totally out of scale with the neighborhood i.e. three story buildings that block all of the neighbors’ sunlight in a one-story or two-story neighborhood. The Specific Plan requires an evaluation of the compatibility of the mass and scale of the proposed building with the other buildings in the neighborhood. The Planning Department does not do this, and they have set up a process where there is no appeal.
If the Planning Department continues to get away with this, soon Venice will be all 3-story compounds with very little sun or air between the buildings.
3. The Planning Department is issuing illegal DIRs that blatantly violate the Specific Plan. Then the City says that there’s no appeal because the 14-day deadline has passed. The community has no real notice and no opportunity to respond. The City refuses to send us a .pdf of the DIRs as they are issued, only a mailed copy.
The unique characteristics of our more than 100 year old Venice Coastal Community are rapidly being obliterated by the cumulative effect of small lot subdivisions and mansionization of our neighborhoods. Whereas, per Legislative findings and declarations, “implementation of plan Section 30002 calls for long-range conservation, use, and management of the natural, scenic, cultural, recreational, and man made resources of the coastal zone.”