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Hillside Study Community Meeting on July 6!

Post Date:07/03/2017 4:00 PM

Hillside Development ProjectThe City of Culver City will host its first Hillside Development Standards Study Workshop on Thursday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room of Veterans Memorial Building – 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.

It will be the first of two workshops and two public hearings where Lower and Upper Culver Crest hillside neighbors can share their thoughts about the developments in their neighborhoods with the City.

The City wishes to identify, understand, and record opportunities, issues, and community members’ concerns associated with hillside single family design and developments.

All members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the workshops and public hearings.

For more information, please contact Michael Allen, Contract Planning Manager, at 310-253-5727 or

About the Culver Crest Hillside Development Standards Study

On December 20, 2016, City staff from the Community Development and Public Works Departments met with approximately 15 Culver Crest hillside residents to discuss concerns regarding single family homes under construction in the neighborhood. They covered issues, such as the height of new construction, safety of building on the slopes, conditions of the slopes relative to prior slope stabilization, new construction design, and need for additional development and building standards for hillside development and construction.

Following the initial meeting between City staff and neighborhood residents, the City Council discussed the matter at City Council meetings on January 13, 2017 and February 27, 2017. The Council asked that City staff prepare a moratorium on new development and construction in the Culver Crest areas as well as initiate a study to identify means of regulating development and construction to ensure that the public’s health, safety, and welfare are protected.

On March 20, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2017-005, establishing a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of any new building permits for development and construction in the Culver Crest hillside neighborhoods; and subsequently, on April 18, 2017, adopted Ordinance No. 2017-006, extending the moratorium for a period of 10 months and 15 days. This moratorium is set to expire in February of 2018.

As part of the study, the City’s project team, lead by the Current Planning Division and John Kaliski Architects, will review all existing plans and policies regarding hillside development, survey existing conditions, host two community meetings and two public hearings (Planning Commission and City Council) for resident feedback, develop and prioritize alternative options for implementation, and draft new standards and guidelines for adoption.

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