The new code with an FAR became effective Friday, May 20th. There are problems lingering from residential development before the new code became effective.
Saving Arcadia has become aware of plans submitted for 920 S. Fifth, 1312 S. Fourth, 1510 S. Fourth Ave. and 1101 S. Fifth Ave. All proposals were for very large 2 story homes being inserted into blocks of predominantly single-story, ranch homes that have been primarily untouched.
With the help of Saving Arcadia the plans for 920 S. Fifth and 1312 S. Fourth were denied by City Staff. The developers may appeal these decisions to the Planning Commission. Saving Arcadia is waiting to hear.
The plans for 1510 S. Fourth is up for a decision next week.
The plan for 1101 S. Fifth was approved and the neighbors timely filed an appeal. This will now go before the Planning Commission.
Newly elected City Councilmember April Verlato was appointed by Mayor Tom Beck as liason to the Planning Commission. In her position, she can call up any decision by the Planning Commission to be heard before City Council.
Councilmember Verlato has already challenged the Planning Commission’s approval of a modification to a sideyard setback for a new home proposed for 901 Fallen Leaf Rd. The proposed home is 12,490 sf Spanish style two story house, attached 880 sf garage (3 car), 6,296 sf basement, 480 sf poolhouse on a 38,325 sf lot to replace/demo a 7,114 sf single story ranch style house.
The new residence would have 8 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 5 half bathrooms, a media room with bar and a wine cellar, a gun room, a gym and yoga room, 3 mudrooms, 2 offices, 2 laundry rooms, a music room and a playroom.
This will be heard by City Council on Tuesday, June 21.
If you or anyone you know receives notice of a new proposed home that will be out of character with the rest of the neighborhood, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saving Arcadia is also trying to raise money for their efforts to assist neighborhoods trying to fight back against mansionization in Arcadia. For a donation of $20 or more, you will receive a Saving Arcadia yard sign. Signs can be placed in your yard year round. This is a great way to let developers know that your neighborhood is opposed to mansionization.
Contact Roger Nemrava at email@example.com.