Today the Dept. of City Planning’s Office of Zoning Administration heard a presentation by the the owner of a lot at 2266 Moss Avenue regarding his plans to build a single family home at 2266 Moss Avenue in Glassell Park. The owner’s representative, Edmundo Ilbaca, also spoke to the fact that they have submitted many plans in attempt to comply with City ordinances; but they are unable to comply with the Mt. Washington/Glassell Park Specific Plan’s requirements. The major issue is that the owners with to build a house with 6 and 8 foot side yards where 12 feet are required.
Once the presentation was complete, the Zoning Administrator (ZA) invited members of the public to speak. First was Andrew Montealegre, a former ZA and current co-chair of the GPNC’s Economic Development and Land Use Committee. Andy explained that despite repeated invitations and placement on the committee agendas, no one representing the project appeared before the committee. He explained that the GPNC has, therefore, not had an opportunity to review the project and make a statement in its regard. The ZA granted the GPNC time to hear the project representative. Mr. Ilabaca is due to present the project at the EDLU’s 10/29 meeting. The committee’s recommendation will appear before the full GPNC board on 11/17.
In addition, Helene Schpak, land use liaison for the Glassell Park Improvement Association, spoke about discrepancies in the project file and that questions asked of the ZA’s staff person went unanswered for nearly a month.
Finally, Marge Piane, a resident of Moss Avenue, spoke informing the ZA that the houses cited as precedent for side yard variances were built before the Mt. Washington/Glassell Park Specific Plan had been adopted and therefore are, in fact, the very kind of over-size building the Specific Plan was adopted to prevent. Marge stated that the owners are trying to build a house that is too big for the lot.
After the hearing, Andrew, Helene and Marge impressed upon the owners and their representative how important it is that he attend the 10/29 meeting to show the EDLU committee his plans.