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Panel backs preservation law changes

September 11, 2009|Martha Groves

The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted 7 to 1 Thursday to recommend approval of a revised historic preservation ordinance that -- for the first time -- would grant the city's Cultural Heritage Commission authority to bar the demolition of designated monuments.

Under the current ordinance, demolition of a landmark can be delayed, but not denied.

Owners also would be notified as soon as a property is nominated for historic-cultural monument status so they can participate in all public hearings.

If approved by the City Council, the revised ordinance would mark the first major changes in the cultural heritage law since it was enacted in 1962.

-- Martha Groves

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