Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Silver Lake Garden Apartments

In June 2007, Eric Garcetti, as the councilmember representing the 13th District, presented a motion stating, ". . . several parcels on North Silver Lake Boulevard are zoned for R3 density, which does not seem consistent with the balance of the community. In fact, it could be utilized to create a development that is out of scale and out of character with the neighborhood."

The motion instructed "that the Planning Deportment analyze the 2400 block of North Silver Lake Boulevard and report back to City Council in 90 days with recommendations for zoning or building envelope restrictions that would ensure that potential future development is calibrated to complement the surrounding residential neighborhood."

The Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee adopted the motion on November 27, 2007. The Department of Planning's resulting report, dated February 22, 2008, essentially recommended design guidelines that "will respond to the need for development that is compatible with the existing low-medium density residential developments to the east of the subject site."

In my view, this property should be downzoned to RD1.5, in order to protect the existing structures and their current tenants.


  1. What exactly does this mean ? Does it mean that because of R3 density classification new structures can come up which will cause crowding ? And RD1.5 will prevent this ?

    1. Sorry for taking so long to respond to your comment.

      Re: R3 zone. R means the allowed use is "multiple dwelling". 3 means the minimum area per dwelling unit is 800 square feet. (Who knows where "3" came from.) Divide the total square feet of an R3 zoned property, such as this one, by 800 to arrive at the allowed number of units.

      Re: RD1.5 zone. RD means the allowed use is "restricted density multiple dwelling". 1.5 means the minimum area per dwelling unit is 1,500 square feet. Divide the total square feet of an RD1.5 zoned property by 1,500 to arrive at the allowed number of units.

      Therefore, yes, the current R3 zoning provides an incentive to the property owner to demolish the buildings, and build something more dense. RD1.5 could be protective because the current structures are probably about that density, thereby eliminating the incentive to build something else, but it would not guarantee anything.

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