The Los Angeles City Council took steps Wednesday to restrict building on 1,011 acres of largely vacant land west of Chatsworth that is expected to be annexed to the city next week.
The council unanimously called for an ordinance that would limit development in the area, south of the Simi Valley Freeway and west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, to single-family homes on large lots. The measure must go back to the council and then to Mayor Tom Bradley for final approval.
The action was requested by Councilman Hal Bernson, who will represent the area if it is annexed. Bernson has been promoting the annexation to give the city control of the area's zoning. The land is now under the control of the more pro-development county Board of Supervisors.
Although there are no building projects awaiting approval for the area, Bernson said he is concerned about large tracts near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and the Simi Valley Freeway, currently zoned commercial, that have been considered for a hotel and a water-slide attraction.