Single-family homes on cul-de-sacs could be subdivided

WeHo’s few remaining cul-de-sacs may be opened up for development, possibly squeezing out the historic single-family homes that currently stand there.

The Planning Commission is looking to increase density in the existing zones on Greenacre Avenue and Betty Way to comply with state law that is already in effect as of January 1, 2022. The zone still allows for single family homes and will remain R1A and R1C. The allowable density will be similar to the R1B zone, which includes (but not limited to ) West Hollywood West, where it is already possible to build a duplex.

The move is in response to California Senate Bill 9, which allows single family zoned lots (R1A and R1C Zone Districts) to be subdivided (when 2,400 square foot or larger) and two units to be built on each lot. California’s Housing Element has told WeHo it needs to add another 3,933 residences (i.e. the city’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation number) over the next nine years.

Residents of Greenacre and Betty Way are working with the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance to prevent the change. 

Those who wish to speak on the matter can attend the Planning Commission’s meeting on March 17.

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Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Here’s a real simple solution but this being LA it won’t fly. Have small congested cities make a deal with a city like Vernon Ca and use all those empty 1930s behemoth factories along Alameda St. in a sense it would be like buying “ air rights “. Vernon has 100 s of idle buildings waiting to be repurposed, there are only about 40 full time residents and it would be a perfect location. Of course that makes too much sense

Val
Val
2 months ago

Hey West Hollywood always wanted to be like San Francisco; now you get to be as densely populated as them. Have fun with that.If I’m a Daddy in my late 40s I’m looking at Palm Springs right now.

Val
Val
2 months ago

LOL ANYTIME you hear the words/phrases “could be”, “may be” “possibly” thats all code for “will be”, “definitely”, its a go”

Stevie
Stevie
2 months ago

Awwww the poor progressives don’t like the laws their elected officials impose upon them for housing more liberals. Waa Waa Waa.

Peter Buckley
Peter Buckley
2 months ago

Has anyone spoken to the residents of these 2 beautiful and unique streets? How about leveling the half empty Pacific Design Center and build 4,000 apartments there.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
2 months ago

These are two small cul de sacs which, if developed, will not do much for WeHo’s state mandated housing numbers. Betty Way is almost impossible to navigate now. We have built thousands of new units since we incorporated even though we are a nearly completely built out city. If we want to help our housing numbers, the City needs to crack down on landlords engaged in short term rentals and Air BnB. It would be sad if we lost these unique and charming neighborhoods.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Oh I like that idea of cracking down on illegal Airbnbs. I wish the city would actually enforce that law.

BlockDevelopents
BlockDevelopents
2 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

There you go again. Your comments so irrelevant.

Opportunistic Development
Opportunistic Development
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

West Hollywood never had any real intention of saving and optimizing “these unique and charming neighborhoods”. The Historic Preservation Ordinance was a feel good fig leaf and hardly anyone in planning was competent in or had experienced the true values of historic preservation. All they saw was opportunity as in opportunistic development.

Chapter two of this travesty is the wholesale conceiving and granting Historic Resource status to buildings on Sunset to accomplish the Spectacular and grandiose Digital Billboard Concept. Hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the comedy or tragedy of it.

Council Read This
Council Read This
2 months ago

Weho should sue the state and push back.
We’re already one of the most densely populated cities in the country.
Our pollution level is high, traffic is bad, and we’re in a drought.
We can’t handle 4000 more residences.
Just say NO!

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago

Agreed!

JPeron
2 months ago

So many people seem to think, “I’ve got mine” so screw everyone else. They artificially drive up the price of housing just for their own sake while screaming about greedy developers. Look in the mirror.

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago
Reply to  JPeron

Who’s they?

webuilthiscity
webuilthiscity
2 months ago

“We need to end homelessness,” BUT don’t even think about interfering with our lives, homes, neighborhoods, and city!

Does anyone see the hypocrisy here?

Foresight
Foresight
2 months ago
Reply to  webuilthiscity

Could you please point out what maintaining reasonable lives, homes and neighborhoods has to do with homelessness? Couldn’t find the hypocrisy there.

:dpb
:dpb
2 months ago

This is a disgusting assault on the American Dream of owning a home and generational wealth. These homes have been here for generations and the city wants to take them away. West Hollywood is going to hell.

Manny
Manny
2 months ago

There is no value in doing what SB 9 proposes. A University of California–Berkeley study reported that SB 9 would be relevant to just 1 in 20 single-family-home parcels in California……and most likely that 1 out of 20 will be turned into a short term rental. SB 9 is yet another silly idea from Sacramento.

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago
Reply to  Manny

Agreed.

JF1
JF1
2 months ago
Reply to  Manny

Agreed

Davedi
Davedi
2 months ago

First step. Second is after you subdivide you’ll have to rent it to a homeless meth head…oh sorry, an “unhoused neighbor.” And of course, when they can’t pay the rent because it all goes to drugs, and you try and remove them, you will be branded an evil landlord.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Davedi

Lol none of this is true. But it certainly made me laugh!

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