Deny the Hillside R-1 Permit for 1260 Lago Vista Dr, Beverly Hills

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The above photo shows the subject property at 1260 Lago Vista Dr (in red) - and the dangerous hairpin turn that surrounds the property.

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We also have a paper version that has been signed by two past Beverly Hills mayors (Nancy Krasne and Bob Tanenbaum), BH North board members, and a number of hillside residents.

Backed by overwhelming resident support, the Hillside Ordinance was recently passed by the Beverly Hills City Council. It was intended to address concerns which “Stem from property owners’ increasing excavation and exportation of earth material,” and other means, to create larger projects.” When an applicant wishes to export more than 1,500 cubic yards (“cy”) of earth material”, the Ordinance requires the Planning Commission to conduct a project review to determine if it will issue a Hillside R-1 permit.

The Developer who owns 1260 Lago Vista proposes to replace the existing 2,700 square foot (“sf”) house with a spec house of more than 10,200 sf by exporting at least 2,700 and as much as 3,200 cy of earth materials in order to create a 5,000+ sf “basement. The actual numbers may be substantially higher. This is precisely the type of project the Hillside Ordinance was intended to prevent.

Meetings with the Developer’s representatives to discuss reducing the scale of the project went nowhere because the Developer then would not achieve his profit aspirations.

We, the undersigned, oppose granting the R-1 Permit. We believe the project as proposed would have a substantial adverse impact on the surrounding neighborhood for a number of reasons, including the following:

1) It requires the exportation of more than 100% additional earth material than currently allowed “by-right”. There are no unique site of topographical conditions that justify exceeding exportation of more than 1,500 cy of earth materials.

2) The size and scope of the project are far in excess of the surrounding homes.

3) Lago Vista Drive is a narrow, steep street with hairpin turns – the extra construction traffic necessitated to complete this outsized project which is located directly on a steep hairpin turn will impose burdens on and dangers to anyone who uses the street. Dangerous traffic conditions will be created where these trucks turn onto Coldwater Canyon Dr.

4) Granting an R-1 permit in this instance will undermine the purpose of the Hillside ordinance.

If you wish to send an email or letter of opposition, email it to Cindy Gordon at the City.

We encourage you to attend and speak briefly stating your opposition at the Planning Commission meeting Weds April 19th 7pm at City Hall.

If you would like more information, please click the link below to email:

email Peter Ostroff


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