A tiny block on North Venice Boulevard came a step closer to keeping what neighbors describe as its residential quality when a Los Angeles City Council committee last week refused to allow the owner of part of the property to change the zoning from residential to commercial.
Clothing manufacturer Werner Scharff is seeking the zoning change on the North Venice Boulevard property between Pacific Avenue and the beachfront. His application was denied by the Planning Commission in 1983. He appealed it to the council committee, and it will go before the full council within a month.
Jim Bickhart, legislative deputy to Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, who is a member of the planning committee, said the appeal was denied because the city wants to preserve residential housing in the district.
"There is no reason why the (City Council) won't accept the decision of the Environment and Planning Committee," Bickhart said
Residents oppose the zone change from multiple dwelling to limited commercial, saying that it would increase traffic congestion in the area and pollute their streets. A petition expressing their opposition was signed by 37 residents and sent to the planning committee.