The City Council agreed tonight to ask city staffers to prepare a proposal for instituting a 45-day moratorium on construction of new two-story houses in West Hollywood.
If adopted, the proposal, which will be presented to the Council at its March 3 meeting, would block construction of two-story houses for which permits have not already been granted while the city’s Community Development Department develops a plan to address concerns by some residents about the size and style of the houses being built in their neighborhoods.
Complaints about so-called “big box” houses have led to a petition campaign by the West Hollywood West Residents Association to request a moratorium. Most of the homes in West Hollywood West, a neighborhood bounded by Melrose Avenue on the north, Beverly Boulevard on the south, La Cienega Boulevard on the east and Doheny Drive on the west, are single-family or duplex buildings built in the 1920s and 1930s.
Residents have complained that new houses being built don’t complement the style of the existing houses and are too big. Mayor Abbe Land asked that the city staff also look into the quality of the new construction to ensure that those houses really meet city codes.
The West Hollywood West petition can be viewed and signed online. As of 11:30 p.m., it had 111 signatures.