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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

LUPC Will Hold Meet Tues At Foursquare Church

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet at 6:45 pm at the Venice Foursquare Church, 1400 Riviera Ave. Alan Seltzer will speak regarding the legal principles relating to the determination of mass, scale and character.

a. HEARING FOR CASES UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR “VNC DE MINIMIS PROJECT” CATEGORIZATION: 
333 Windward Ave
b. REVIEW/HEARING OF ACTIVE CASES:

    i. 7:00 pm 648 Milwood Ave, Milwood Subarea, R2-1 zone,
ZA-2014-3103-CDP and ENV-2014-3104-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/648-milwood-ave
CITY HEARING TOOK PLACE ON JULY 23, 2015
Project Description: demo of existing SFD & construction of new 3-story, 25’ tall, 3,546 sq ft SFD with an attached 524 sq ft garage, on 5,.402 sq ft lot
    Applicant: Johannes & Harriet Girardoni LUPC Staff: Todd Darling
    PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    ii. 7:15 pm 549 Westminster Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5, Land Use Plan designation: ZA-2015-607-CDP-ZAA and DIR-2015-2708-MEL and ENV-2015-608-CE http://www.venicenc.org/549-westminster-ave
CITY HEARING NOT YET SCHEDULED 
Project Description: demo of existing SFD & construction of new 3,645 sq ft 1 and 2-story SFD; shared drive-way with 559 Westminster is being modified
Applicant: Nora Gordon
LUPC Staff: Mehrnoosh Mojallali 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    iii. 8:15 pm 437 Rialto Ave Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1-0 zone, Land Use Plan designation:
ZA-2015-607-CDP-ZAA and DIR-2015-2708-MEL and ENV-2015-608-CE http://www.venicenc.org/549-westminster-ave
CITY HEARING AUGUST 13, 2015, 11:00 AM, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: construction of 35’, 1,936 sq ft SFD on 2,409 sq ft lot 
Applicant: Howard Robinson LUPC Staff: Gabriel Ruspini 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    iv. 931 Oxford Ave, Oxford Triangle Subarea, R1-1 zone
ZA-2014-4127-CDP and ENV-2014-4128-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/931-oxford-ave
CITY HEARING THURSDAY JULY 30, 2015, 10:30 AM, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave 
Project Description: demo & new 25’, 3,489 sq ft SFD on 4,997 sq ft lot, R1-1) Applicant: Douglas Dworsky
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair
PUBLIC COMMENT 
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    v. 8:45 pm 550-554 San Juan Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Designation
ZA-2014-3538-CDP and ENV-2014-3539-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/550-554-san-juan-ave
CITY HEARING Thursday July 30, 2015, 9:00 AM, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: demo & new 27’4”, 2-story, 6,843 sq ft SFD w/attached 1,197 sq ft 5-car garage; lot tie of 550 & 554 for 10,400 sq ft new lot 
Applicant: Rick Gunderson
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    vi. 9:00 pm 1421 Abbot Kinney Blvd, North Venice Subarea, C2-1-0-CA zone, Land Use Plan Designation: ZA-2014-3427-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-3428-MND
http://www.venicenc.org/1421-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING Thursday July 30, 2015, 9:30 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: change of use at ground floor from Parking to Retail, & at 2nd floor & mezzanine from Office to Artist- In-Residence for change of use & reduced parking (fr 7 to 5 spaces), in conjunction with a 2,579 sq ft building 
Applicant: Jeff Allsbrook
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    vii. 9:15 pm 910 Abbot Kinney Blvd & 916 Main St, North Venice Subarea,
ZA-2014-3288-CDP-SPP and ENV-2014-3289-MND
http://www.venicenc.org/1421-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING Thursday August 6, 2015, 11:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: change of use of (E) 1-story commercial building from office, retail, medical offices and storage to 5 retail spaces (6,503 sq ft), 1 restaurant space (2,061 sq ft) with outdoor patio (550 sq ft) & storage 
Applicant: Robert Thibodeau LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair PUBLIC COMMENT FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    viii. 9:30 pm 911 Milwood Ave, Milwood Subarea, R2-1 zone, Land Use Designation:
ZA-2014-3597-ZAA and ENV-2014-3598-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/1421-abbot-kinney-blvd/
CITY HEARING Thursday August 6, 2015, 9:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: ZAA to permit side yards of 3’6” in lieu of 4’6” required by LAMC 12.09-C, in order to allow the remodeling & 1,992 sq ft 2nd story addition with 600 sq ft attached garage to an existing 1-story SFD, with a finished height of 33’6” & floor area of 3,128 sq ft, on a 4,374 sq ft lot, Applicant’s Rep Mike Jolly), ZA-2014-3597-ZAA—Thursday August 6, 2015, 9:00 am 
Applicant: Mike Jolly
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

    ix. 9:45 pm 1100 6th Ave & 602 Westminster Ave, Oakwood Subarea, RD1.5-1 zone, Land Use Plan Designation: ZA-2015-0056-CDP and ENV-2015-57-CE
http://www.venicenc.org/1100-6th-ave-602-westminster-ave/
CITY HEARING Thursday August 20, 2015, 9:00 am, West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave Project Description: demo of detached garage & construction of 23’ 10”, 1,780 sq ft 2nd dwelling unit with 600 sq ft attached garage & 250 sq ft roof deck, on 5,200 sq ft lot 
Applicant: Gerhard Pichel
LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill, Chair 
PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

LUPC to Meet Tuesday

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will meet Tuesday night (7 July) 6:30 to 10 pm at the Venice Foursquare Church, 1400 Riviera Ave.

Projects to discuss will be 10 Washington (Whaler Restaurant), 658 Venice (Extra Storage Space), 1712, 1712 1/2, 1712 3/4 Washington Way, 425 Rose, and 733 Oxford.

LUPC Goes to Rose for Meet, Tuesday

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) will hold its meet Tuesday, 29 June at 6:45, 2nd floor Avalon Building, 512 Rose Ave.

Cases to be heard are:

    7:30 pm 658 Venice Blvd (“Extra Space Storage” expansion), Southeast Venice Subarea–Case Introduction http://www.venicenc.org/658-venice-blvd-extra-space-storage/
    Applicant: James Goodman, AIA
    LUPC Staff: Robert Aronson

    8:00 pm 731 Oxford Ave & 733 Oxford Ave (lot line adjustment & new SFD’s), Oxford Triangle Subarea, R 1-1 zone, Land Use Plan designation: Single-Family Dwelling – Low Density http://www.venicenc.org/733-oxford-ave/
    CITY HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY JULY 2, 9:00 & 9:30 am–West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave
    Applicant’s Representative: Howard Robinson
    LUPC Staff: Robin Rudisill PUBLIC COMMENT
    FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion

Status Of Projects/Dates

Zoning Administration Hearings–West L.A. Municipal Bldg, 2nd floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Ave, L.A., CA 90025

    733 Oxford Ave—Thursday July 2, 2015, 9:00 am
    731 Oxford Ave— Thursday July 2, 2015, 9:30 am
    29-47 Windward Ave—Thursday July 9, 2015, 10:30 am

West L.A. Area Planning Commission Appeal Hearings—Henry Medina West L.A. Parking Enforcement Facility, 11214 W. Exposition Blvd., L.A., 90064, 2nd floor Roll Call Room

    320 Sunset Ave (proposed seating/dining area addition to existing bakery/bakery accessory retail facility), Appeal of DOT
    Determination–DOT Case CTC13-101175 —July 15, 2015, 4:30 pm
    Mello Determination Appeals for 728 Flower Ave, 705 Broadway, & 337 6th Ave, 1011-1015 5th Ave and 425 Westminster Ave, 736
    Sunset Ave, 657 Flower Ave, 732 Indiana Ave, Appellant requested to do further research on Affordable Unit determination and return on August 19, 2015 with results

State CDP Permits and Appeal Periods

    a. 1511 Abbot Kinney Blvd (change of use fr artist-in-residence DU to artist-in-residence DU & retail space), North Venice
    Subarea—submitted for appeal to Coastal Commission, Commission confirmed Substantial Issue, pending Coastal Appeal
    Hearing
    b. 1214 Abbot Kinney Blvd (change of use fr SFD to artist-in-residence 3rd floor & retail on 1st & 2nd floors), North Venice
    Subarea—submitted for appeal to Coastal Commission, Commission confirmed Substantial Issue, pending Coastal Appeal
    Hearing
    c. 416 Grand Blvd & 418-422 Grand Blvd, North Venice Subarea (416 Grand Blvd, 418-422 Grand Blvd)—submitted for appeal to
    Coastal Commission, Commission confirmed Substantial Issue, De Nova Hearing expected for August or October
    meeting
    b. 758 Sunset Ave (2-SFD Small-Lot Subdivision), Oakwood Subarea—Final deadline for appeal to Coastal Commission
    suspended until further notice
    c. 1697 Pacific Ave (“Hotel Erwin”), North Venice Subarea—submitted for appeal to Coastal Commission, Commission confirmed Substantial Issue, pending De Nova Hearing
    d. 1620 Electric Ave (new SFD), Oakwood Subarea— submitted for appeal to Coastal Commission, pending Substantial Issue decision on July 9, 2015, 501 Poli Street, City Council Chambers, Ventura, CA 93002-0099
    e. 750-752 California Ave (2 SFD Small-Lot Subdivision), Milwood Subarea, submitted for appeal to Coastal Commission, appeal subsequently withdrawn
    f. 2 Rose Ave, North Venice Subarea–?
    g. 2 Breeze Ave, North Venice Subarea—pending Dual Permit Jurisdiction Zone State CDP hearing
    h. 220 Rose Ave, North Venice Subarea—VSO done for work currently in process being researched
    i. 521 Rose Ave, Oakwood Subarea— submitted for appeal to Coastal Commission, decision on June 10, 2015 that not a
    Substantial Issue
    j. 259 Hampton Dr (change of use from retail & take out to sit down restaurant), Coastal Commission Appeal Period ends July 6,
    2015 (HOWEVER, ERRONEOUS DETERMINATIONS ARE IN PROCESS OF BEING CORRECTED, APPEAL PERIOD
    EXTENSION REQUESTED)
    k. 4303 Roma Ct (new SFD), Silver Strand Subarea, Daul Permit Jurisdiction Zone after the fact hearing for State CDP, Consent
    Calendar, July 9, 2015, 501 Poli Street, City Council Chambers, Ventura, CA 93002-0099
    l. 1305 Abbot Kinney (CDP amendment for reduction of parking), North Venice Subarea, hearing on July 9, 2015, 501 Poli Street,
    City Council Chambers, Ventura, CA 93002-0099
    m. 458 Venice Blvd (2 condos), North Venice Subarea, Dual Permit Jurisdiction Zone State CDP hearing on July 9, 2015, 501 Poli
    Street, City Council Chambers, Ventura, CA 93002-0099

425 Rose Community Outreach Meet 29 June

A community outreach meet for 425 Rose will be held at 6 pm Monday, 29 June at Wabisabi, 1637 Abbot Kinney.

Murphy Attorney Answers Questions

Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy and his attorney answered questions regarding the project on Venice Blvd at the latest Land Use and Planning Committee meet. He is permitted to build but many residents are not happy with the project.

Murphy2

LUPC to Meet 2 June

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) meeting has been changed to 2 June. Particulars will be in next Update.

LUPC Approves 100-seat Restaurant for OFW; VNC to Hear Project Tonight

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Proposed mixed-use project of restaurant and apartments will replace blue buildings shown.

Note: Venice Neighborhood Council passed the project. It will now go to Planning.

Land Use and Planning (LUPC) approved 811-815 Ocean Front Walk Mixed Use project. The project will be a 100-seat restaurant with two residential units above restaurant at 811-815 Ocean front Walk at 811-815.

The applicant is seeking a full alcohol license. Proposed hours of operation are 8 am to midnight Sunday thru Thursday and 9 am to 1 am Friday and Saturday.

There is a proposed variance to allow mechanical lifts and tandem parking with a parking attendant.

The Venice Specific Plan and Venice Land Use Plan require only 31 parking spaces for this project. According to John Reed, the architect, the project has 37 total parking spaces as follows:
22 parking spaces for the restaurant based on one space for each 50 sq ft of service floor area
1 non-required additional parking space for the restaurant
4 beach impact zone parking spaces-
5 residential parking spaces – 2 for each unit plus one guest
5 additional non-required parking spaces by providing 20 bicycle

Simmzy’s Determination & Coastal Commission Exemption Documents State …

Update got documents … the paper work at press time. Not the best time. Apparently, there was a restaurant there before the T-Shirt establishment and restaurant was the last legally permitted use.

Update thinks it was the original place for the Cheese and Olive restaurant and deli, owned by Nick the Greek, Nicholas Kokkinakis.

Many appeals have occurred as stated in Roxanne Brown’s article. Determination paper work does not record any renovation beyond a remodel. Was this a “Venice remodel” as Roxanne implies?

Zoning Administrator approved a Conditional Use to permit the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on-site consumption, in conjunction with a proposed 1,560 square-foot· restaurant within the C4-1-0 Zone, with seating for 44 patrons indoors and 12 patrons on the patio, with hours of operation from 11 am to 11 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 12 midnight Friday, 9 am to 12 midnight Saturday, 9 am to 11 pm Sunday, and opening at 9 am during five weekday special events per calendar year, subject to modified Conditions of Approval. Retractable windows and doors are to be opened no earlier than opening time and be closed by 9 pm Sunday thru Thursday and 10 pm Friday and Saturday.

Deliveries to the restaurant are to be made from Washington Boulevard with the vendors using the front door before the restaurant opens, and the back door after opening. Loading and unloading from the alley may occur only between 11 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. All vendors making deliveries shall be made aware of these restrictions.

West LA Area Planning Commission denied an appeal to above 14 June 2013 decision. So above conditions stand and cannot find any other planning documents to refute the above conditions.

Coastal Commission Permit
Permit exemption from Coastal Commission states that “The proposed development is an interior modification to an existing use with no change in the density or intensity of use (Coastal Act Section 30106).” The following is from the Permit exemption.

“Project Description: Tenant improvements to an existing vacant restaurant building. There are a total of 43 restaurant seats, including 5 bar, 13 fixed and 25 additional non-fixed seats and a 10’1″ wide nonconforming loading zone in the rear. Improvements do not change the use or intensity of use of the restaurant site.

Please be advised that only the project described above is exempt from the permit requirements of the Coastal Act.”

Some Questions
Is the loading zone still there? Are there going to be only 43 seats? If one adds square footage to the building, does that disqualify “existing?”

LUPC Cancelled

Chair Robin Rudisill sent notification late last night that there would not be a Tuesday Land Use and Planning committee (LUPC) meet due to lack of quorum.

LUPC to Meet Tuesday

Land Use and Planning Committee will meet at the Terrace Restaurant, 7 Washington, at 7:40 pm Tuesday.

They will review the Venice Whaler Restaurant/Bar at 10 Washington.
The Whaler wants a 754 sq-ft patio with no parking and a full line of alcohol.

a) An Exception from VCZSP Section 13.D to permit zero (0) on-site parking spaces in lieu of the 19 parking spaces that would otherwise be required;
b) A VCZSP project compliance permit (SPP);
c) A determination of a “Deemed-to-be-Approved” conditional use status (LAMC 12.24-L) for the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages in conjunction with an existing 3,096 sq ft 2-story restaurant accommodating 214 patrons and having interior hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, currently selling a full line of alcoholic beverages;
d) Approval of Plans (LAMC 12.24-M) to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for on- site consumption in an existing 754 sq ft patio having 25 patron seats and hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, in conjunction with a “Deemed-to-be-Approved” 3,096 sq ft 2-story restaurant accommodating 214 patrons and having interior hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, currently selling a full line of alcoholic beverages;
e) A Coastal Development Permit, in the dual permit jurisdiction coastal zone
Applicant: Dafne Gokcen
LUPC Staff: Ramsey Daham & Robin Rudisill PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR POSSIBLE ACTION: Motion