Meeting Date: 04/04/06 06:00 PM

Meeting Type: Regular

Location: Joint Meeting – Housing & Traffic Committees
Ramsey Shilling Co.
6711 Forest Lawn Drive
Second Floor, Conference Room

Details: HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

HOUSING, SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES, RELIGIOUS AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, PLANNING AND SUPPORT: AND TRAFFIC, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING COMMITTEES

Joint Meeting
Tuesday April 4, 2006, 6:00pm

Location:
Ramsey-Shilling
Conference Room
6711 Forest Lawn Drive
Directions: Just east of Barham. Second level of the Tennis Club, parking on the lower level. Handicap and elevator access from the lower parking lot.
Call 323 257.5557 if you have questions.

The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the committees of the meeting on any item of the agenda prior to the committees taking action on an item. Comments from the public on Agenda items will be heard only when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the Agenda that is within the committees’ subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comment period. Public comment is limited to 3 minutes per speaker unless waived by the presiding chair(s) of the meeting. Agenda is posted for public review: Gardner Street Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, Yucca Community Center, on bulletin boards at the top and bottom of Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles Library: Will and Ariel Durant Branch and electronically on the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council website WWW.HHWNC.org. As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting the Neighborhood Council Project Coordinator at (213) 485-1588, toll-free at (866) LA HELPS, or e-mail to [email protected]

Call to order, introductions and opening remarks from committee chairs.

Housing and Traffic will review the following projects for variances requested, scope and integration into the community.

1. 1400 North Fuller – Josephson Properties
35 units (26 2 bedroom, 9 units 2 bedroom + den). 88 parking spaces subterranean.
Variance requested for height – 50′ vs 45′ allowed. Variance requested from 3.1 FAR to 3.25.1.
i) Public Discussion – Comments from the public are limited to three minutes per speaker.
ii) Committee members discussion
iii) Possible Motion and Vote

2. 1714-1736 Mccadden Place 1727-1729 Las Palmas Avenue DC Ventures
218 total units (made up of one, two and three bedroom units) 22 of the units are affordable units. 620+ planned parking spaces subterranean.
No variances requested. Requested: (1) A zone change from C4-2D to C4-2, (2) a by-right parking adjustment for proximity to a transportation corridor, and inclusion of affordable housing units, and (3) Request for a Zoning Administrator’s setback adjustment.
i) Public Discussion – Comments from the public are limited to three minutes per speaker.
ii) Committee members discussion
iii) Possible Motion and Vote

3. 6683 Franklin & Los Palmas – Clyde Wood. 9-unit condominium townhouse project (2-1 bedroom + den; 6-2 bedroom; 1-3 bedroom) in a 4-story building above 1 level of subterranean parking. 25 parking spaces.
i) Public Discussion – Comments from the public are limited to three minutes per speaker.
ii) Committee members discussion
iii) Possible Motion and Vote

4. Noticing Guidelines. Review proposed guidelines for Applicants to follow prior to first Area and Committee presentation for stakeholder notification.
i) Public Comments – Comments from the public are limited to three minutes per speaker.
ii) Committee members discussion
iii) Possible Motion and Vote

5. General Comments – Comments from board members on non-agenda committee related items.

Adjourn 8p

Housing and Traffic Joint Committee Meeting Minutes April 4, 2006

Housing, Social and Human Services, Religious and Charitable Organizations, Planning and Support
Mr. Frank DeFoe, Chair, Attending

Traffic, Public Transportation, and Parking
Mr. Dennis Lytton, Chair, Attending

Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 6pm

Location: Ramsey-Shilling
Conference Room
6711 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California

Meeting called to order at 6:15pm by Frank DeFoe.
Attendees introduced themselves and signed-in.
Attendees – Thor Lee (Business Chair)- Anne Marie Lardeau (Environment Chair)- Frank DeFoe (Housing Chair)- Paul Ramsey (Area 1 – Hollywood Knolls Chair)- Amit Thakkar (Cerrell Assc.)- Marc Annotti (DS Ventures)- Judith Newmark (Nadel Architecture)- Harold Josephson (Josephson Properties)- Cass Coty (stakeholder)- Joan Luchs (Area 2-Cahuenga Pass/Universal City Chair)

Agenda Item #1 – 1400 N. Fuller – Josephson Properties
35 units (26 2 bedroom, 9 units 2 bedroom + den). 88 parking spaces subterranean. Variance requested for height – 50ft. vs. 45ft. allowed. Variance requested from 3:1 FAR to 3.25:1

Discussion of Agenda Item #1
Frank DeFoe chairs
Harold Josephson presents new design after community input.
Paul Ramsey asks about the reflectivity of the glass as it pertains to Title 24’s possible requirement of reflective glass as an energy saving device.
Judith Newmark asserts that reflective glass will be avoided if at all possible.
Ms. Newmark further details that the primary facing materials of the project will include, stucco, metal, and glass.
Mr. Josephson and Ms. Newmark agree to come back to a future Area 7 & Housing Joint meeting with renderings showing the project both with and without the requested variance.
Ms. Newmark discusses the variances; the height variance is only for the “pop-up” portion of the building.

Mr. DeFoe made the following motion:
Recommend that Josephson Properties be granted the requested variances by the City to the 1400 N. Fuller project subject to Mr. Josephson’s making a best effort to avoid reflective glass and the issue be moved to the Board of Directors for their approval at the next available Board meeting.
Mr. Ramsey seconded the motion
Mr. Lytton took the votes
Ayes – 7
Nays – 0

Agenda Item #2 – 1714-1736 McCadden Place 1727-1729 Las Palmas Project DS Ventures (bounded by Yucca, McCadden, Las Palmas, and Hollywood Blvd. frontage buildings, “Yucca/McCadden”)
218 total unites (made up of one, two, and three bedroom units) 22 of the units are affordable units. 620+ planned parking spaces subterranean. No variances requested. Requested: (1) A zone change from C4-2D to C4-2, (2) A by-right parking adjustment for proximity to a transportation corridor, and inclusion of affordable housing units, and (3) Request for a Zoning Administrator’s setback adjustment.
Subhead (3) was not discussed, as its inclusion in the agenda was errata.

Discussion of Agenda Item #2
Marc Annotti of DS Ventures and Amit Thakkar Cerrell Associates give presentation on project.
Current zoning limits FAR to 3.0:1. Removing the “D” limit from current code for site would lift the FAR to the CRA’s 6.0:1 rule. There is some discussion about whether the CRA’s rule trumps anyways. The project as proposed is FAR 4.34:1.
Proposed height of project is 94 feet.
Discussion of parking issue
Project would provide 2.03 parking spots per unit in addition to maintaining for public use 209 parking spaces.
Current public parking would be down for approximately nine months at the commencement of construction, construction would be phased to get parking back “on line” as quickly as possible.
Discussion of the discussion of the design of the project, the Design Review Board of Councilmember Garcetti.
Discussion of inclusion of “Old Hollywood” elements to the design, such as arches, art deco, “glamour”.

Ms. Luchs made the following motion:
Recommend that DS Ventures be granted the requested variances on their Yucca/McCadden project by the City.
Request that DS Ventures look into incorporating “Old Hollywood” elements to the design, such as arches and art deco elements.
Move the following to the Board of Directors at their next available Board meeting.
Mr. Ramsey seconded the motion.
Mr. Lytton took the votes:
Ayes – 6
Nays – 0

Agenda Item #3 – Franklin & Las Palmas – Clyde Wood. Nine-unit condominium townhouse project (Two 1-bedrooms plus den, Six 1-bedroom, One 3-bedroom) in a four-story building above one level of subterranean parking. 25 parking spaces.

Discussion of Agenda Item #3
Discussion of Cass Coty’s (neighbor right behind the project) visibility after project construction and project elevations, walls, retaining, and shoring.
Discussion of general appearance of structure. Too boxy, especially next to an HPOZ. Should include some “Old Hollywood” elements.
Mr. Wood commits to providing “privacy” screening for Cass’ property by increasing Cass’ adjoining retaining wall by approximately 5′ to elevate the low section of Cass’ property to create a level lawn area. Mr Wood commits to adding a new fence on top of the new retaining wall, and provide material and plant a wall of bamboo and other vegetation inside and along Cass’ new fence. Mr Wood commits to using ‘Best Efforts’ to landscape a minimum of a 10′ radius around the eucalyptus tree; prune by licensed arborist, and lace once per year in perpetuity.
Discussion of need of Mr. Wood to bring revised renderings to a future meeting
Mr. Wood agreed to work with Mr. DeFoe and Mr. Ramsey on design ideas to present at the April 11, 2005 Area 3 Joint Meeting

Agenda Item #4 – Noticing Guidelines. Review proposed guidelines for Applicants to follow prior to first Area and Committee presentation for stakeholder notification.

Discussion of Agenda Item #4.
Discussion of various elements of proposed Noticing Request to Developers, drafts from Ms. Luchs, and Mr. DeFoe.
Final elements of discussed and Mr. Lytton agrees to draft consensus.

Mr. DeFoe made the following motion.
Approve the discussed Noticing Request for Developers subject to Mr. Lytton’s drafting of the language and move the said issue to the Board of Directors at their next available Board meeting.
Ms. Luchs’ seconded the motion.
Mr. Lytton took the votes:
Ayes – 5
Nays – 0

Proposed Noticing Request for Developers in a separate document.

Mr. DeFoe moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:30pm and Mr. Ramsey seconded the motion.
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HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL

Noticing Guidelines (Voluntary) for Residential Real Estate Developers

Adopted April or May XX, 2006

WHEREAS, a voluntary noticing guideline for developers would be beneficial to engage the developer and stakeholders in a dialogue early in the process to help ensure that the project is openly discussed.

THEREFORE, we adopt the following Voluntary Noticing Guideline:

NOTICING GUIDELINES (VOLUNTARY) FOR RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS

1. Residential real estate projects; whether for-sale or rental, whether involving ground-up construction or conversion, of five (5) or more units within the boundaries of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council (hereafter referred to as HHWNC)

2. The Area Chair is the Lead Chair to invite Housing and Transportation Chairs; and other relevant Area Chairs and Issue Committee Chairs to a Joint Meeting for the First Developer Noticed Presentation of the proposed project. All mixed-use projects shall include the Business Development Chair.

3. Ten days prior to the First Developer Noticed Joint Meeting, the developer shall notify by USPS mail to all stakeholders; tenants, residential and business owners addresses within 500 feet from the corners of the proposed development. This notification shall follow the guidelines of the City of Los Angeles Planning Department “Tract Map” hearing noticing requirement to the extent that its provisions do not conflict with any bylaws or resolutions of the HHWNC.

4. The notification shall include a copy of the posted Joint Meeting Agenda from the HHWNC website. In addition, it is recommended that the developer include the following information:
a. Project size and scope-
b. Variances, zoning code, or other area overlay changes requested-
c. A site map-
d. A rendering or colored elevation, and
e. Photos and elevation heights of adjoining and area properties.

5. The envelope containing the notification shall have in the return address:

Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council
Important Community Meeting
7095 Hollywood Blvd.- #1004,
Hollywood, CA 90028-8903

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