Apartment and condominium projects in a 15-block neighborhood near the intersection of Pico and Robertson boulevards will be required to provide deeper front yards and additional landscaping under temporary building restrictions approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.
The restrictions, proposed by Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky because of complaints about a surge in building, are intended to prevent new projects from overwhelming duplexes and small apartments that make up the core of the neighborhood. The restrictions limit most construction to three stories and require developers of taller buildings to set back upper floors at least 10 feet.
"They are designed to improve the aesthetic quality of development and make it compatible in scale and mass with the existing units," said Vivian Rescalvo, planning deputy to Yaroslavsky. "People were just tired of seeing these buildings go in with no front yards and no landscaping."
The restrictions require developers to provide 20-foot-deep front yards, five feet deeper than normal. They also require a minimum of 100 square feet of open space for each dwelling unit and at least one tree for every three dwelling units.