Aside from even suggesting placement of a rent control ordinance on the local ballot, nothing would infuriate the landed gentry around here more than to have Burbank’s own version of the following. This one’s pegged for the LA municipal ballot in March.
An initiative to restrict General Plan amendments and development, Measure S, will be on the ballot for voters in Los Angeles, California, on March 7, 2017.
This initiative is known as the “Neighborhood Integrity” Initiative. It was originally proposed for inclusion on the ballot during the election on November 8, 2016. But proponents announced that they would seek to put it before voters on March 7, 2017, instead. Some changes were made between the version of the initiative proposed for the November 2016 ballot and the initiative proposed for the March 2017 election.
A “yes” vote is a vote in support of imposing a moratorium on construction that increases development density for up to two years and prohibits project-specific amendments to the city’s General Plan, thereby restricting the size and number of development projects.
A “no” vote is a vote to reject the initiative, leaving the city council and city planning officials with authority to grant changes to the city’s General Plan for proposed development projects.
There was a competing measure in November that was sponsored by the building industry and labor unions and designed to pre-empt what they knew was coming with the above. Its intention was to water down the strictness of this upcoming Measure S and then throw a sop to the voters in the form of incentivizing what they love to call “affordable housing.”
It’ll be fun to see which one prevails. Sentimental concern about “affordable” housing btw is what is being used by the pro-development people to help usher in these horrible mega-projects. It’s a national trend that should be seen for what it truly is: just phony pretext for big growth. So don’t be fooled.
In the good news department, how is Burbank planning to handle the new California law that incentivizes more granny flats? It removes some (but not all, alas) of the various hurdles and legal nonsense that towns like Burbank have been putting up to hinder the expansion of these once-fine additions to the local housing landscape.
Before the churls and intolerants took over Burbank used to be the proud Land of Granny Flats. Hopefully it will soon be again.