Oaks Permanent Regulations Moving Forward
By Rainer Standke

We are nearing the end of a long process that began several years ago when Oaks residents first approached the Planning Department about out-of-scale development in our neighborhood, and will result soon in new permanent regulations for hillside development in The Oaks. The last time you may have seen any tangible progress was this past spring when the City Planning Department hosted a public meeting (at Immaculate Heart High School) that explored what permanent regulations could look like.

The reps from the Planning Department took the feedback provided by those who attended the public meeting back to their offices and now they tell us that they will make the resulting guidelines available to everyone very soon. (This article will be updated with a link.) Also to be published soon is an environmental review.

Two public meetings, both to be held at the American Film Institute, are now scheduled. The first is a Workshop on October 7 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This gathering is meant to familiarize residents with the proposed regulations and allow for residents' questions.

The next meeting, on October 28 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, will begin with a shorter question period, to be followed by a hearing for official comments at which speakers may orally recite their comments (or leave them in writing) for the record and to considered by a Planning Department Hearing Officer.

The Planning Department will mail out official meeting notices. After those meetings the new regulations will go before the City Planning Commission, as well as the City Council.

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