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Around the Halls: Historic Protection, Bicycle Parking and Equitable Development

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, September 12, 2011, at 07:13AM
Bike Bike Racks at Caltrans Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A code revision that would require more bicycle parking in a wider range of development is among the items going to City Council this week.

Today is Monday, September 12, and it looks to be a planning-oriented week as Council talks about the protection of historic properties and features, bicycle parking and equitable housing development.

MONDAY: Public Safety and Budget and Finance both take the week off.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

The city's current fines and punishments don't do enough to prevent the destruction of historic properties and features, says Councilman Jose Huizar. At Planning and Land Use Management is CF 11-1415, a motion that he has introduced to ask that city departments report back on ways that penalties can reflect the seriousness of illegal historic destruction.

Angelenos should find more spots to park their bicycles as a result of CF 09-2896, also at Planning and Land Use Management. The motion calls for increased bike parking in a wider range of building types, offering reduced auto parking as a carrot for developers.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, with three committees.

It may have failed to break ground during the last housing boom and then announced some head-scratching new money that didn't materialize, but the city's not willing to say yet that the Park Fifth project is dead. CF 11-1517, at Housing, Community and Economic Development committee, is a City Attorney report reassuring Council that a motion passed in January was enough to extend the project's floor area transfer agreement and associated community benefits agreement.

A potential $3 million grant for equitable housing development in Downtown and Westlake is the aim of CF 11-1537, which goes to Council. The item gives Planning department approval to enter HUD's Community Planning Challenge Grant Program.

Now that SCI-Arc finally owns its Arts District campus, it would like to make sure people can find it. CF 11-0968, at Council, asks that the city work with Caltrans to make sure the school gets added to signage on nearby highways.


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