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Nov 17, 2008
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Jul 12, 2017
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La Crescenta - Montrose Community Standards District Update

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In 2009, the Board of Supervisors adopted Ord. 2009-0032 which enacted the La Crescenta-Montrose Community Standards District (§22.44.139). This Community Standards District (CSD) established development standards for the Foothill Boulevard corridor within La Crescenta-Montrose. The CSD addresses building and structure design, architectural style, landscaping, yard setbacks, signs, and permitted uses. The intent is to improve the appearance of the corridor through quality built design and landscaping.

Unfortunately, implementation of the CSD has proven difficult. CSD language is vague and subject to different interpretations making it problematical to enforce. Terms and phrases such as “style,” “earth toned color,” and “consistent with the style” make it difficult for a citizen to comprehend what is allowed and not allowed because the language does not provide for clear, prescriptive standards. Also, since approvals are issued through an administrative site plan review, it leaves virtually all discretion of approval in the hands of County staff. As a result, achieving the CSD’s objectives have been mixed.

At the request of members of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, county planners have been working closely with the Land Use Committee to address the issues discussed above, clarify the CSD language, and find workable solutions. The project goal is to update the CSD, replace ambiguous language, while still maintaining reasonable regulations to foster quality development along the Foothill Boulevard corridor.

A revised CSD ordinance is expected for community review and comment during the spring of 2016. Please check back here for future updates.

Planning staff will continue to work with members of the Town Council and Land Use Committee to prepare a draft CSD update. Once the document is finalized it will be posted here. A community meeting will be held to present the updated CSD and receive additional public comment.

Community Lighting Survey

Residents of La Crescenta-Montrose will soon have an opportunity to tell what they think is appropriate lighting in their community through a “Community Lighting Survey”.

A survey covering lighting for the community will be circulated soon to all property owners. Only one survey per property will be accepted and each survey will be numbered.

The purpose for this survey is to assess whether the current process for outdoor lighting along residential streets in the community of La Crescenta-Montrose should be maintained as-is or a more restricted approach should be initiated. The results of the survey will be used by the County to identify the lighting needs of the community and develop an action program. We want to know if the community of La Crescenta-Montrose wants more lights or less lights (Dark Skies) and the only way that we can be sure that we are getting a complete picture is by asking the people who live in La Crescenta-Montrose.

We would appreciate your cooperation in completing the Community Survey when your receive it. Your opinion matters! There will be two drop boxes available at the following locations:

La Crescenta Library
2809 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

or

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department
4554 Briggs Avenue
La Crescenta, CA 91214 (available 24 hours)

The survey will be collected on August 7, 2017 no later than midnight and tallied on August 8, 2017. The outcome of the survey will be posted on the following web page: http://planning.lacounty.gov/view/la_crescenta_montrose_csd_amendment/ on August 18, 2017.

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213-974-6425
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