COALITION TO PRESERVE L.A. POLL: 72% Support L.A. Ballot Measure Requiring Developers to Follow City Planning Rules; Slow ‘Mega’ Projects

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a poll released today by the Coalition to Preserve LA, a group of
concerned citizens and voters, 72% of Los Angeles residents surveyed
expressed support for a ballot measure requiring developers and elected
officials to adhere to the city’s General Plan—which provides an
overview of land use and traffic policies—to determine city approval of
proposed real estate development projects. Based on an online survey
conducted December 3-7th, the final poll
of 557 registered City of Los Angeles voters found that 2 out of 3 City
residents support the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, a ballot
measure sponsored by the Coalition to Preserve LA that would:

  • Halt individual parcel-by-parcel or ‘spot zone’ amendments and/or
    building exemptions;
  • Enact a temporary, two-year moratorium on building or demolition
    permits for projects that do not adhere to existing City planning
    regulations and/or for which the City granted a General Plan
    amendment, or zone or height change;
  • Take the preparation of a project’s required Environmental Impact
    Report (EIR) out of the hands of developers; and
  • Limit a developer’s ability to reduce required parking for building
    developments.

Of polled voters who expressed support for the measure, 79% responded
they would either “definitely vote Yes” or “probably vote Yes” on the
Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. The sample was split evenly between
male (49%) and female (51%) registered voters. 62% of survey respondents
were aged 50 years and older.

“This poll shows that we are not alone in our desire to see city
officials do the jobs they were elected to do and that 72% of LA voters
want the city to go by the city’s General Plan—and not the developers’
insatiable thirst for more high-rent residential buildings—to approve
new real estate development projects,” said Michael Weinstein,
president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and one of the ballot measure
proponents. “With rents in Los Angeles climbing just as high as the
towering, “mega” structures developers want to throw up across the city,
almost 60% LA renters are now spending more than the recommended 30% of
their income just to keep a roof over their heads. The time is now for
the City of Los Angeles Planning Department and City Hall to stop being
pawns of greedy developers and to start acting strategically on behalf
of the Los Angeles residents who voted them into office and want real
solutions to the housing crunch.”

While the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is intended to, and will,
offer protections and oversight citywide, the Hollywood neighborhood
serves a microcosm of the urgent need for a building moratorium. On
Friday, November 13, the City released a Draft Environmental Impact
Report (DEIR) for another new development in Hollywood (1311 Cahuenga).
This report now lists 69 cumulative impact projects pending
in Hollywood area. Note: The cumulative impact project list does Not
include many other huge projects, or any projects filed in the last few
months. Link to 69
PROJECTS IN HOLLYWOOD-Cumulative Impact Project List and Project Map
.

Endorsements for the The Neighborhood
Integrity Initiative

  • Don Andres, Franklin/Hollywood West Residents Association
  • Doug Haines, La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Association
  • Grace Yoo, Environmental Justice Collaborative – Koreatown
  • Adara Salim, Save Sunset
  • George Abrahams, Stop Millennium
  • Fran Reichenbach, Stop Millennium

Contacts

Coalition to Preserve L.A.
Ged Kenslea, Mobile: 323-791-5526
gedk@aidshealth.org