|Mickey Segal: Not backed by an amber mine.|
Saving Arcadia commends Mayor Kovacic, Councilmembers Beck and Segal for voting to conduct a study session on moratoriums for demolition permits. We applaud these 3 members of City Council for their careful consideration of what is the best option for Arcadia moving forward. More than just a developer based constituency is now being heard.
The City has set out a plan to move forward with the zoning code update and adoption of new codes. Community meetings are set for November 4th at Foothills Middle School at 7pm and November 12th at Holly Avenue Elementary at 7pm.
A new “citizens committee” (not officially titled yet) will be formed made up of key “stakeholders” approximately 20 people to meet, maybe by December, but no later than January 2016 to discuss and propose recommendations for new zoning codes. The goal is to adopt new codes by March 2016.
The most disappointing news was the cost of the City Council’s suspension of the zoning code study. There was a $16,000 “penalty” to restart the study with the consulting group and there is an additional $10,000 to $35,000 on top of the original $160,000 that is now needed to complete the zoning code study.
Saving Arcadia is still collecting signatures for the ballot initiative and we are on target for reaching our goal by November. The ballot initiative will provide an option to the City’s update in March, just in case the City’s update does not exceed the development standards proposed in the initiative or the City is unable to reach a consensus and adopt a code update.
The 2 people who spoke against the Saving Arcadia group and the ballot initiative are a realtor (Joe Sira of Dilbeck Realtors) and a contractor whose house is on the market.
Mickey Segal said that he encourages Ms. Verlato to get 3,000 signatures in a 56,000 person community. That some might debate whether that is the consensus of the community. Roger Chandler got just 3,575 votes of that 56,000 person community in 2014 and Sho Tay got 3,594 votes. So if the ballot initiative gets 3600 signatures, there is no debate.
The Special Edition newsletter for the public education on zoning codes has N/A for Arcadia on the FAR chart while all other cities have one. No one pointed that out at City Council. Sho Tay pointed out that Temple City has a rear-yard set back of 15 feet while Arcadia has 25 feet. But Tay neglected to mention Temple City has a maximum house size of 4,000 sf. You know how he can be.
Thank you Chuck Greene, Richard Midgley, Carolynn Papp, Roy McMeen, Brett Mitulski and April Verlato for speaking in support of the ballot initiative. Thank you Brett Mitulski and April Verlato for suggesting the City Council adopt a moratorium on demolition permits. We are finally a part of the City Council conversation.
Two articles from the press that you might care to read. First the Pasadena Star News:
For the rest of the Pasadena Star News report click here. Next is the Arcadia Weekly:
For the rest of the Arcadia Weekly's report click here.
- SAVING ARCADIA TEAM