Community Development Director William Phelps is urging the Bell City Council to review the city's chief planning guidelines and make "necessary changes" to slow residential growth in an area identified as the most densely populated section of the county.
In a special hearing Monday night at the Bell Community Center, Phelps told the council that population increase is the most serious issue facing this 2.8-square-mile city, located in the heavily Latino Southeast portion of the county.
"We are a very small community. We can only hold so much," Phelps said during the sparsely attended hearing, held to discuss a council proposal to extend a 45-day moratorium on residential construction for at least a year.
Among changes in the city's General Plan, revised two years ago, Phelps suggested that city officials increase minimum lot width, impose height restrictions, increase required open space and require more guest parking on lots.