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Discussion only for demolition permit and admendments to the building code. Good beginning, gonna take some time to develop a strong and clear ordinance.Hoping it will include a check and sign off permit on a site visit clearance before further build may be performed.
I liked Leslee Hinton's idea of having them sign a contract. That would make everything legally binding and not open to the kinds of creative interpretation we saw with the darling house.
Agreed, and I'm glad that Leslee is on the Planning Commission!
The City Attorney should have examples of how neighboring Cities address similar sections of our codes and ordinances.
The Planning Commission needs to come up with an effective way for the city to defend itself against the Kefalas's of this world. Otherwise they'll just do as they like, and nobody will be able to stop them.
Why does all of this fall on the Planning Commission?
Well, I'd say because the Planning Commission is the closest thing Sierra Madred has to an entity which puts the interests of the community and its residents first. Without a doubt overwhelmingly the commission works overtime to keep out toxic elements of the self aggrandizers, realtors, developers, and political types.
The Planning Commission isn't the concern here. It's the City Council that worries me. Let's see if they approve the demolition ordinance amendments that the Planning Commission comes up with.
John Harabedian will lead the opposition to it.
The Kefalas contractor did not stop short on the allowed roof removal. The City Planning Department carries half the blame.Now that this section of ordinance has been exposed as a weak link, it is being addressed.
The City Planning Department had recommended that Kefalas be let off the hook and finish doing whatever it is he started on E. Mira Monte. The Planning Commission has so far ignored that.
No hook here, the City dodged a possible lawsuit. Similar lack of safe guards occured with the Hildrith's(sp?) Underground basement and sidewalk overhang patio.The Planning Department needs to have more oversight before releasing permits.
Unfortunately, once some dishonest people get their permits, they ignore the law. There was a time in Sierra Madre when the Planning Commission went easy on these offenders. Times have changed. This Planning Commission doesn't buy the pack of lies that some of these people tell.
I agree that the idea of a contract sounds good. It could be known as the Kefalas contract, in memory of the behavior that created the need for it.
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On second thought, no.
A contract is a great idea. If I wanted to get something done and someone across the counter told me to go ahead without question, I would ask for that o.k in writing. That would protect both of us..
same city, nobody noticed within shouting distance of City Hall, the Cong Church was remodeling without permits and nobody noticed....come to think of it there was an Planning Commissioner who was an Elder at the Church who didn't think to mention it....glad the PC is active these days, still nobody at City Hall really cares, it's about development and protecting the pension plan