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Local News in Brief : Slow-Growth Plan Killed

February 04, 1988

A proposed ordinance that would have dramatically slowed residential development in Burbank was shelved by the City Council after several developers and council members denounced it as "illogical and damaging."

Councilman Robert R. Bowne said the ordinance, introduced by Mayor Michael R. Hastings, could create apartment shortages and was "the kind of thing that could end up ruining this community."

The ordinance would have allowed construction of only 400 residential units each year from 1988 through 1997. Developers would have competed each year in a lottery for a limited number of building permits.

City Atty. Douglas Holland, who drafted the ordinance, said it was justified because of the adverse effects of increasing development, such as traffic congestion, loss of open space and the overburdening of sewer systems and other city services.

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