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March Ballot Initiative Might Curtail Homeless Plans for Venice Median, Thatcher Yard

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Venice Median located between north and south Venice Blvd at Pacific would go from parking lot to units.

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Thatcher Maintenance Yard is located at the south end of the Triangle with access only from Washington.

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative on the ballot in March is billed as a way of cracking down on large, out-of-place developments but it could also derail the City of Los Angeles’ plan to help house the homeless.

The LA Times claims that Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council have spent months developing plans for converting as many as 12-city owned sites. Opponents of the initiative claim that 11 of those 12 would be halted for two years if the measure passes.

Opponents say that exemptions do not include changes to the General Plan. Both identified Venice projects—Venice Median, Thatcher Yard—scheduled for the homeless would require changes to the General Plan. See LA Times article.

The Venice Median lot is proposed to be rezoned from Open Space to R-3. The Venice Median has provided for much needed parking and particularly during the beach days. Parking is such a premium in Venice. If Venice had adequate parking, the coastal commission would allow residents to have preferential parking, such as other sister beach cities have. Yet, this project would remove present parking and increase parking problems at the beach. Conceivably, with two 35 percent bonuses, the area could have 260 units. Venetians are aware of what Venice beach area is like during the summer and warm days.

Councilman Mike Bonin has said he would not build that many units and has said he would keep the present parking. Just how many units the plan has, is unknown. But going from Open Space to R-3, from parking to units at the beach should require a General Plan change.

Thatcher Yard is nestled in the R-1, single-family home area of about 350 homes and is called the Oxford Triangle. It is governed by the Oxford Triangle Specific Plan as well as the Venice Specific Plan.

The area in question would allow for less than 20 single-family homes according to LA Planning standards, but if rezoned to R1.5, would allow for 62, and with two 35 percent bonuses, would bring the total to 106. A thirty percent increase in street traffic in one small area would certainly qualify for General Plan change. This project would also ingress/egress solely via Washington Blvd, near Lincoln, another reason for a general plan check.

Councilman Bonin has also stated that he would not put the maximum number of units on the Thatcher Yard either but has not stated what he would put.

The numbers given for the Thatcher Yard and the Venice Median are those that fit the parameters of LA Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana’s RFQ/P.

Comment (1)

  1. Anonymous

    They are fast tracking all of this homeless BS in Venice in order to start projects before March to avoid the 2 year moratorium that the measure (if it wins) would cause for use changes. It has been all approved by everybody (probably including Coastal) and funding will be available. Again, it has to be done somewhere… Thank you for your understanding…

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