neighborhood." I think he must have meant, "It's a house the size of
a strip mall yet without any of the industrial permit requirements."
Isn't he supposed to represent other residents also?
In addition, the property owner has received a healthy property
tax incentive for the last 14 years for having land as open space.
Being zoned as open space, residential units are not allowed. So how
could the owner pay revenue taxes for the income received from what
has turned into four rental units. I fail to see the hardship or
endless problems being placed on the owner. Any hardship of the owner
he has brought on himself.
It is a hardship onto the residents of this community. Created by
indiscriminate rezoning of our open space into acreage that can be
built on. You've got to give if you want to get. That goes with being
part of a community. He got his approval to build in 1990, for which
residents were supposed to receive 10 acres of open space. His
building approval has since expanded to five times its original size,
the owner just got cleared of 14 years of illegal activity, he also
just got some of this land given back to him along with the go ahead
to build on it and he will get the rest of it back in seven years
when the trail has not been installed and the permanent open space
rolls back into the property owners hands when reaching the 21 year
marker. So what will the community have received as compensation for
the destruction of our open space land. Nothing. If anything it
should be considered a taking.
As for our city and its council, What a disappointment each of you
are. It was obvious you had not even read the staff's report.
Not long ago, Mar Vista was listed in the Federal Register as a
National Landmark for its environmental beauty and species diversity.
Similar to places like Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite Valley.
You just needlessly squandered away what many believe was the most
beautiful parcel this town had.
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