Palisades residents discovered that City Planning will hear the revised plans for the proposed 5-story, mixed-use building/apartment at 17346 Sunset, the site of the former Jack-in-the-Box, on July 6.
In August 2019, the Pacific Palisades Community Council wrote that the proposed plans violated the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan, which limits buildings to a maximum of two stories at 30 ft. with a floor area ratio (FAR) of 1:1.
In its motion to the City, the PPCC argued that “The Project’s mass and scale are clearly out of proportion to all other similarly situated buildings which front the same (south) side of the street as the Project, and its visual impact on pedestrians as well as nearby residences is out of character and will be significant.
“The proposed building would rise 60’9″ and comprise 15,000 sq. ft., incorporating 40 dwelling units (four of them low-income units). The plans also include 36 subterranean parking spaces, a rooftop green space, and commercial space at street level.” (To read the complete story, visit: https://www.circlingthenews.com/community-counci…-oppose-proposed/).
A week later, the project, designed by Farzin Maly, was brought before the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board (DRB), which also rejected it.
The DRB told the applicant, California Food Managers, LLC — whose principals include Beverly Hills investors Michael Aminpour, Dan Ashoori and Jack Farshi — that the project was not compatible with the one-story buildings on either side of the proposed site. DRB members also noted that the proposed structure, which would include ground-floor retail, didn’t have a setback.
On June 16 last week, the Pacific Palisades Residents Association sent a letter to City Planning, c/o Nick Vasuthasawat, Planning Assistant, asking to postpone the upcoming July 6 meeting. The letter stated:
Dear Planning Board Members and Hearing Officer:
On behalf of the Pacific Palisades Residents Association, I am writing to urge you to postpone the hearing that is currently scheduled for July 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. I do so for several important reasons.
First, and most importantly, the developer’s revised plans for his proposed project have not yet been made available to the public. Because of that, the time remaining until the hearing is far too short to permit organizations and individuals to review them, take positions, and provide intelligent comments.
We are an organization that has made sound planning and growth in Pacific Palisades our primary focus for 60 years. In this case, we previously expressed our strong opposition to the developer’s proposal as it was originally submitted. So, too, did the Pacific Palisades Community Council, its Land Use Committee, and most importantly, the only local body with an official role in the approval process, the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board. Each of these positions was taken by a unanimous or near unanimous vote.
Today, however, I do not address the revised proposal that will be considered on July 6th, which one of our Board members, Carol Bruch, shared with us. Rather, we want only to point out the obstacles to a useful hearing on July 6th.
The site elevation measurements that you asked the developer to make at Edgewater Towers will not be made until Monday, June 22, 2020, for example, and the condominium’s office does not know when the surveyors’ report will be made available to them or the public. In addition, the long weekend for the Fourth of July will take place immediately before the announced hearing.
Further, many organizations and their boards meet only monthly, and often less frequently over the summer. Finally, many people schedule their vacations to take advantage of long-weekends. This timing could not be much worse.
The matter before you is of great importance to our community. We are already dealing with the disadvantages of the pandemic. Please postpone this meeting for at least a month, and preferably until September, so that everyone can participate in a fair and useful process.
Sarah Conner, President