CHN: 15+ years of serving/protecting our neighborhood
Development at 17th & Ord
violates planning code
The CHN Board held a special meeting October 26, 2020 to consider a highly-controversial project proposed for the NW corner of 17th and Ord, which will be heard by the Planning Commission on November 19, 2020 after 1 PM.
The project proposes to override numerous basic planning and zoning regulations such as those for minimum lot size, open space, and setback from neighbors, in order to divide an existing modest size lot into two lots and add four additional new units to the two already existing (for a total of six ) leaving virtually no open space. The developer argues that the exceptional disregard for existing development standards is justified due to the two "affordable” rental units which would be created.
The Planning Department does not support the project due to the extent of the prosed violations and because the stated objective of two “affordable” units can to be achieved without exempting the property from existing laws.
After review of extensive materials submitted by the developer and of numerous Planning documents and regulations, including the Zoning Code, the Residential Design Guidelines, which apply citywide, and the Corona Heights Special Use District, which CHN worked to enact, the CHN Board voted to support the creation of two affordable units as allowed under existing law but to oppose the extensive violations of existing and widely accepted planning protections, which would be required to build the total of four new units on the two substandard size lots which would be created.
The full text of the Resolution adopted by the Board can be found on the CHN website at https://www.corbettneighbors.com/ In addition, the April 27, 2020 Plan Check Letter is also posted for your review:
CHN urges all our neighbors to oppose this development. Share your concerns with the Planning Commission via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, starting at 1pm. More updates to come.
The view from 90 Ord Street...for now
If the proposed development is approved, a four-story building will fill the entire side yard of 4300 17th. Both buildings, right and left, will lose a significant amount of light, sun and airflow. And the south-facing back yard at 90 Ord Street will be overwhelmed.