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Petition to L.A. City Council, Councilman David Ryu, Planning Dept., S.O. Neighborhood Council

SHERMAN OAKS HOMEOWNERS NEED PROTECTION FROM DEVELOPERS BUILDING McMANSIONS WITHOUT CONCERN FOR THE CHARACTER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR THE WELL-BEING OF ITS RESIDENTS--ENACT AN "ICO" NOW PROTECTING SHERMAN OAKS!

Sherman Oaks homeowners have united to end the mansionization of our neighborhoods NOW!  Our neighboring areas of Valley Village and Studio City (and other areas in our District 4) are currently receiving protection via Interim Control Ordinances (ICO’s)-–but Sherman Oaks was left out!  Because they are currently prevented from doing so in nearby areas, developers seeking huge profits have targeted our Sherman Oaks neighborhoods for building massively-oversized “spec” homes! These “McMansions” are built without regard for the privacy, welfare or quality of life of adjacent homeowners--and they are rapidly diminishing the character of our lovely neighborhoods! Our neighborhoods are now prey to developer-speculators who, as you read this, are aggressively targeting our streets to maximize their profits!! The City of Los Angeles has enacted Interim Control Ordinances (“ICO’s) protecting many areas from mansionization during the next 2 years while the city reviews zoning laws.  An ICO for Sherman Oaks isn’t to prevent homeowners from expanding their homes. It is to provide protection from mansionization for profit.  “FAR” means percentage of home size to lot size. For example, Studio City’s ICO provides for a home’s square footage of .33 FAR (meaning a home built to 33% of its lot size). With the addition of several possible “bonuses,” Studio City allows for a maximum of .53 FAR, i.e. a home built to a maximum of 53% of the property’s lot size.  Sherman Oaks is currently under a .50 FAR for most lots; HOWEVER, a bonus of an additional 20% of residence size, plus adding the square footage excluded in the FAR calculation, and (if applicable) a 10% “Zoning Administrator adjustment” = a build potential of 70-80% of lot size! Good News!  On July 28, David Ryu, our new Councilman, presented a Motion to the L.A. City Council requesting an ICO for Sherman Oaks (and two other areas) which follows the parameters of Studio City's ICO (see above).   We support--and thank!--Councilman Ryu for his Motion, which is aligned with the Sherman Oaks Homeowner's Association and the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council.            However, prior to approval by the L.A. City Council, Mr. Ryu's motion must complete a Planning Dept. process--so our efforts now focus on facilitating an expedient passage.  For every week that goes by, more homes are demolished for McMansions, negatively impacting lives…Time matters! IF YOU ARE A SHERMAN OAKS HOMEOWNER, PLEASE JOIN US  IN PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS FROM MANSIONIZATION BY SIGNING THIS PETITION NOW!  And be sure to forward this link to other Sherman Oaks homeowners! On September 17, the Petition (with signatures and signer comments) was presented to David Ryu.  On October 6 at City Hall, the petition package was presented to "PLUM" (Planning, Land Use Management) committee and entered into the meeting's record. It will subsequently be submitted to the Planning Department. Later, when our ICO goes to the City Council, prior to its vote, the Petition package will be presented to the Council.  Numbers count, so please help us continue gathering signatures!  Joint homeowners should sign separately. It is imperative that the Los Angeles City Council enact a sensible, straightforward ICO protecting Sherman Oaks as quickly as possible!   Thank you! Sherman Oaks Homeowners Against Mansionization NoMcMansions@gmail.com

Nancy Sogoian and Nancy Blaustein
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