Planning Commission postpones cul-de-sac changes after neighborhood leader hospitalized

The Planning Commission postponed its public hearing of a proposed Zone Text Amendment affecting certain WeHo neighborhoods after a leader of one of those neighborhoods suffered a heart attack.

Greenacre Avenue resident Michael Poles, according to Chairperson Lynn Hoopingarner, was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday and is currently on a ventilator.

Hoopingarner motioned to postpone the hearing based on a prior incident in which a neighborhood leader was hospitalized. 

The amendment, in accordance with SB9, would apply to three neighborhoods in WeHo on cul-de-sacs, allowing the lots to be subdivided and two dwelling units to be built on those two lots. 

Poles lives on Greenacre Avenue, one of the neighborhoods that would be directly affected by the proposal. 

Hoopingarner was also concerned that residents of one of the three neighborhoods, none of whom had contacted the city about the proposal, had not received proper notification of the hearing, noting that residents of the other two neighborhoods responded in droves.

John Keho with the City of West Hollywood shot down her concerns.

“We have no idea if people opened their mail and had no concern. They could have all opened the mail, read it and had no concern. So you’re putting us in an awkward situation where you’re trying to read into the minds of neighborhood residents and you want us to find out if they’ve read the letter. We can’t do that.”

The hearing will now be held on April 7.

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Update on Michael Poles
Update on Michael Poles
2 months ago

Is there an update on the condition of Michael Poles able to be shared with the community?

Michael Dolan
Michael Dolan
2 months ago

C’mon people, show some respect. Both John Keho and Lynn Hooppingardner are well qualified for the positions they hold.   “John has been with the City of West Hollywood for more than 20 years. He started as a planner, he was promoted to Planning Manager, and later he was promoted to Assistant Director and then Interim Director for the Department. John was named Director in 2019 of the City of West Hollywood’s Planning and Development Services Department. He oversees three divisions: Building and Safety, Current and Historic Preservation Planning, and Long-Range Planning.   He earned a master’s degree in Urban… Read more »

Death By a Thousand Cuts
Death By a Thousand Cuts
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael Dolan

The difference between Lynn Hoopengarner and John Keho is scope. Mr. Keho is well qualified in the disciplines of planning but unfortunately lacking in scooped vision. I does not allow him the latitude of bringing remarkable and thoughtful projects to Wes Hollywood. Ms. Hoopengarner considers the overarching picture in addition to the details.

Michael Dolan
Michael Dolan
2 months ago

C’mon people, show some respect. Both John Keho and Lynn Hooppingardner are well qualified for the positions they hold. “John has been with the City of West Hollywood for more than 20 years. He started as a planner, he was promoted to Planning Manager, and later he was promoted to Assistant Director and then Interim Director for the Department. John was named Director in 2019 of the City of West Hollywood’s Planning and Development Services Department. He oversees three divisions: Building and Safety, Current and Historic Preservation Planning, and Long Range Planning. He earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning… Read more »

JF1
JF1
2 months ago

Betty Way is such a small tiny street and the lots seem so small, I can’t imagine allowing four dwellings on what is currently a single lot. I realize there might be a housing shortage but there are plenty of opportunities on our main commercial corridors to build multi story buildings instead of looking at small tiny streets and massing it out if scale with its surroundings.

carleton cronin
carleton cronin
2 months ago

The city of West Hollywood is still an experiment and the pages wehovilkle.com certainly prove that.

Deep Six
Deep Six
2 months ago

An experiment without proper guidance lurching towards a mini failed state. Believe it or not, there are strange occurrences and parallels in the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the failed state status of Lebanon, once the Paris of the Middle East.

It takes dedication to bring about these catastrophes and shocking that the same amount of effort and dedication could be dedicated towards building ethical communities.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
2 months ago

A failed experiment. Time for a change.

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago

Why are they so angry?

Sick of Bully Staff!
Sick of Bully Staff!
2 months ago

Thank you Lynn. Nobody elected John Keho and its time for him to go!

Death By a Thousand Cuts
Death By a Thousand Cuts
2 months ago

Lynn Hoopengarner, the only qualified and truly credible keeper of the light. She is up against an entrenched staff essentially dedicated to eviscerating the true concept and practices of authentic historic preservation. Her colleagues, only one that seems willing are not knowledgeable enough and another is hard set in defining personal enrichment benefits from the city. A combination of like this is fully capable of reinforcing unscrupulous practices. Death by a thousand cuts are difficult for the residents at large to perceive and normal curative resolutions are constrained internally with cooperation of a few willing commissioners. The behavior of John… Read more »

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Keho gave just the sport of measured, professional response one would expect from a contestant on “Snatch Game.” Since this is a Planning Commission meeting and not “RuPaul’s Drag Race” I would hope staff would be a little more measured in their dealings with Commissioners. I can imagine how pleasant they are to the public..

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 months ago

Who are these people? Who voted for them?

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
2 months ago

When is David Wilson going to shoot down the imperious prick known as John Keho and remind him that he is a public servant doing the work of the people and not his own ego?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Thanks Alan. Given the problems the City has recently experienced with getting out proper notices and providing obscure notices, Ms. Hoppingarner’s concerns should not have been so casually dismissed by Staff. How many times have items been continued due to mistakes in the noticing process?

Deep Six
Deep Six
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Recently, former Planning Commissioner Sue Buckner testified to just this issue on a Shoreham Drive development proposal.

Other information concerning planning issues has been summarily “deep-sixed” to avoid the light of day.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep Six

It is very disappointing that staff’s inability to get out accurate notices on time or in the right hands; it certainly reflects poorly on management and the priorities of the City. I have received several notices where it looked like the developer wrote the notice because the information was so paltry and misleading.

Deep Six Philosophy
Deep Six Philosophy
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

You may be right about developers writing the notices. What Weho seems to have are many policies and procedures but consistently lacking in high standards.

Our former City Attorney Mike Jenkins once stated in a public meeting in Malibu when questioned about procedure that “we will continue to make it up as we go along until the courts tell us to stop”.

Joshua88
Joshua88
2 months ago

Clever dude.

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