The Los Angeles City Council has voted, 12 to 1, to approve a six-month extension of the partial building moratorium in effect in the portions of Silver Lake and Echo Park that fall within Councilman John Ferraro's 4th District.
The moratorium bans the issuance of permits for any project that conflicts with the Community Plan for Silver Lake and Echo Park. The moratorium is designed to give city planners time to revise lot-by-lot zoning so that it agrees with the general outlines of the Community Plan as required by state law and a recent Superior Court ruling.
The plan severely cuts potential growth in Silver Lake-Echo Park and would, in effect, ban large apartment projects from much of the seven-square-mile area. With its emphasis on single-family houses and small apartment buildings, the plan would allow about 94,300 residents, 16,000 more than the current population. Existing zoning would allow as many as 195,000 residents.
The moratorium in the 4th District originally passed in November and was to have lasted six months, with a possible six-month extension.