Despite objections from neighborhood groups, the City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a law that gives developers of affordable housing the power to roll back laws that dictate the height, density, the number of parking spaces and open space required in new building projects.
On a 12-2 vote, the council approved the rules, which are designed to comply with a state law that gives new incentives to companies that incorporate even a few units of subsidized housing into their projects.
Neighborhood activists contend the rules will undermine zoning that has been on the books for years for streets like Ventura, Westwood and Foothill boulevards. Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Dennis Zine opposed the plan.
Even some who favored it complained that it will strip neighborhoods and local politicians of the power to shape development projects.