Rowena Community Vision – get involved

Further info on the ins and outs of development in Silver Lake –

Rowena Community Vision (RCV) has obtained copies of the MNDs (explained below) for the proposed condo developments at 2844 and 2920-2930 Rowena Ave (12 units and 55 units respectively). Action must be taken before May 10th.

What is an MND? For most zone changes and subdivisions
(including condos), City Planning publishes a report
known as a Mitigated Negative Declaration, or MND. 
The MND outlines ways in which potential negative
impacts of development on a community could be
“mitigated to a level of insignificance.” ¬†

Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),
the public is then given a limited period of time in
which to respond if it feels that City Planning’s
suggestions fall short.  It is our right and
responsibility to speak out if we feel changes should
be made since we will have to live with the additional
traffic, noise, visual and cumulative impacts on our
neighborhood.

RCV has read the MNDs and feels that City Planning
does fall short.¬† Here’s how: So far, City Planning is
reviewing applications on a case-by-case basis and
preparing boilerplate MNDs that provide:

– Inadequate protection of air quality during
demolition and construction in an already crowded
neighborhood across the street from a school

– Inadequate traffic and pedestrian safety mitigation
on Rowena

– No traffic study conducted by the Department of
Transport (DOT)

– No in-depth assessment of cumulative impacts on our
Rowena neighborhood

– Questionable conclusions that “no significant
impacts are apparent which might result from this
project’s implementation” ¬†

– Insufficient measures to offset the impact of
additional student enrollment at schools –
particularly Ivanhoe Elementary, one of our
community’s major assets

– Inadequate protection of adjacent hillside
residential properties and independent boutiques that
create interest in the area – no construction and
demolition should therefore be scheduled on Saturdays

– Boilerplate solutions applied to our older urban
neighborhood with unique characteristics – as outlined
in the Silver Lake-Echo Park-Elysian Valley Community
Plan – are insufficient

We think our Silver Lake neighborhood deserves better.

If you too are concerned about any of the above, then
NOW is your chance to be heard. You have until
Wednesday, May 10th to respond to City Planning.

The goal is not to deny development and urban infill. 
It is to protect the Silver Lake community by calling
for proper PLANNING that thinks “big picture.”¬†

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would better
serve the Silver Lake Community by assessing in depth
the cumulative impacts of multiple developments on our
neighborhood’s streets, services and character.¬†

If you care about preserving safety on our roads,
particularly Rowena and Angus, and if you are
concerned about Ivanhoe School reaching maximum
capacity and the impact this could have on the value
of your home or the future of your family, then we
urge you to write to City Planning to contest the MNDs
and request an EIR.  

A sample letter is available from RCV.  

You should know that “under the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Environmental
Impact Report (EIR) must be prepared whenever it can
be fairly argued on the basis of substantial evidence
that a given project may have a significant
environmental impact, even if there is substantial
evidence to the contrary.”¬†

Please note that if you have photographs or other
evidence, please include it with your letter.

Please write by Wednesday May 10th. 

IMPORTANT!  send copies to the addresses below:

1. Rowena Community Vision – [email protected] ¬†
Note: to help us compile a strong case, please send us
copies of whatever evidence (eg photographs) you send
to City Planning.

2. Tom LaBonge
Councilmember 4th District
City Council of the City of Los Angeles
200 North Spring Street, Room 480, City Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
email: [email protected]
phone: (213) 485-3337

3. Renee Weitzer 
Chief of Staff & Chief Planning Deputy
City Council of the City of Los Angeles
200 North Spring Street, Room 480, City Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
email: [email protected]
phone: (213) 485-3337

4. Silver Lake Neighborhood Council
2898 Rowena Avenue, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90039
phone: (323) 661-7562

YOU MUST RESPOND TO CITY PLANNING BY MAY 10TH.

Thank you for your support and participation,

Rowena Community Vision
http://rowenacommunityvision.com
[email protected]