Council Notes – Mansionization Language Moves Forward, Ice is Over

cityhallThe City Council meeting this past Monday covered a lengthy agenda, and included moving the ‘mansionization’ ruling forward to the next stage, opening the door to new retail at the site of the former Culver City Ice Arena, and approving new buildings at Culver Studios.

While every meeting of both the Planning Commission and the City Council in regard to contentious topic of “mansionization” has had residents pleading for a moratorium, Council member Jim Clarke was candid about why he wasn’t in favor of that.

“The time it would take… to get a moratorium on the agenda… won’t do anything but forestall a real ruling, and we need to make decisions here, not just put them off.”

The long community conversation has been kept in play mostly but the residents of Carlson Park, who represented 12 of the 13 speakers on the item.

The move to hire a consultant and get a more thorough study done – put forth during the comments, supported by the staff – got a green light from the council.  Meghan Sahli-Wells framed the ‘mansionization’ issue as part of a larger and more compelling discussion on housing needs throughout the city.

The council voted to rezone the space on Sepulveda Boulevard previously occupied by the Ice Arena as a double retail location. Unlike previous public hearings on the Ice Arena, which had the chambers filled to capacity and overflowing, only six people showed up to comment.

The request to add both office buildings and a parking structure to Culver Studios was approved as well.

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