Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 – 11:08 PMBy Victoria Talbot
Beverly Hills’ Cultural Heritage Commission will be holding a special meeting to discuss changes to the Cultural Heritage ordinance that includes the Historic Incentive Permit, a new entitlement that would encourage preservation of landmarked properties through the waiver of certain zoning development standards.
The new permit will allow those homeowners with landmarked properties to update and maintain in a manner that meets the current property owners’ needs while maintaining the architectural integrity of the site.
The Commission will also review the Historic Preservation Ordinance – the new name given to the Cultural Heritage Ordinance – and the changes being proposed by the Planning Commission.
Initially one issue was to be addressed, specifically the length of time that the City could hold the permit applicant in abeyance during architectural review. However, Planning Chair Howard Fisher and Commissioner Craig Corman felt that the entire ordinance was over-reaching and needed to be rescaled.
Proposed changes will be presented Monday, Nov. 17 at City Hall.