Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Wants More Barriers to High Density Developments

The Boyle Hotel (shown above) is one example of new development that will add density, new residents and more affordable housing to Boyle Heights. The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council voted Thursday to craft a policy that discourages high density housing. Photo: Curbed

The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council approved a motion to craft a policy geared towards limiting high-density development projects. The Planning and Land Use Committee’s recommended motion aims to preserve the “existing character of the community,” by demanding traffic data, allotting parking space for automobiles and limiting high density developments.

“Boyle Heights of 20-30 years ago was mostly single dwellings, residential community” said Michael McClure, the neighborhood council land use officer, after the meeting. “Now with light rail coming in . . . more and more we are seeing the traffic coming in and we don’t have the infrastructure to support it. When you double that with the lack of parking, it’s choking off the economic wealth of the community, as well as the physical well being.”

The motion passed with 10 votes for and three abstentions.

Jesus Hermosillo, one of the council members that abstianed from voting, said that preventing density also prevents low income people from living in Boyle Heights.

This year will see new affordable housing apartments opening in Boyle Heights. The Las Margaritas apartments opened in April with 42-units of affordable housing on Soto Street between First Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue. The 51-unit Boyle Hotel affordable housing development on First Street and Boyle Avenue will open this year, and plans have begun to construct a 42-unit affordable housing development on Evergreen and First Streets, across from Evergreen Cemetery.

Hearings with the City planning department and with community stakeholders will take place in the coming months.

Etc. Etc

The Neighborhood Council passed a motion unanimously to send a letter to the LA City Council Public Safety Committee to support a ban on alcohol advertising on public property.

The Neighborhood Council celebrated it’s 10th anniversary as a advisory body. The Council exited exhaustive efforts in March, after it was nearly dissolved last year.

  • I doubt they can turn back the clock to their suburban fantasy of everyone living in a detached house and driving everywhere, but they can mess up other people’s lives by insisting on stupid land use rules. Hopefully other residents will weigh in against mandatory parking, limits on density etc. (although the community plan has been stalled for a while).

  • It’s an awful shame, because as-is Boyle Heights has the same density as Brooklyn, New York.

  • Ubrayj02

     Why I hate high density: the way we do it here in LA is a complete clusterfuck.

    Where Boyle Heights is most lacking is in the treatment of its rights of way. Every street here is a mini-freeway.

  • Ubrayj02

    The weak analysis about “traffic choking” off commercial value in the area … hello? Earth to dude: car traffic destroys value in the community. You don’t have the lot sizes big enough to build Tustin style commercial development (which is a long term civic money lower anyway).

    With your small lots, you want congestion (i.e. slow car speeds). Slower cars and an emphasis on bus, walking, and bicycle transportation is a more equitable distribution of right-of-way and allows retailers to capture more revenue. When property owners sell their old buildings, the higher value of land pumps money into City and County coffers and helps cover the deficits we run to maintain our infrastructure.

    Car traffic needs to be slowed down, not sped up.