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Process streamlined for mixed-use developments

first_imgCounty officials said an ongoing housing crisis is forcing them to add 57,176 units to unincorporated areas. “It’s an affordability issue,” Chung said. “It affects everybody.” She added that adding diverse, affordable housing options is one way to combat the crisis. “You can already do commercial uses in these areas which are more intense than what you could do with this ordinance,” Chung said. “Having mixed-use developments along commercial corridors encourages people not to be so reliant on their cars, so theoretically there’s a potential to reduce traffic.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROWLAND HEIGHTS – The county this week streamlined the process to get permits for retail and residential developments in unincorporated areas. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance and said mixed-use developments – with commercial or retail on the floor level and living spaces above – are necessary to combat a nationwide housing crisis and growing traffic congestion. Residents said they are concerned because it takes away the public hearing process for developments that meet specific requirements, but they said county officials have expressed willingness to work with them. “The idea is that with certain projects, as long as they meet certain standards, they can do a vertical mixed-use development that wouldn’t require a public hearings or a (conditional use permit),” said Connie Chung of the county’s housing section. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsShe said requirements include limits on location, height, business type, hours of operation and other parameters. Such developments, she added, could only be built in certain commercial zones. Rowland Heights community representatives said they are concerned about the seeming one- size-fits-all approach. “Everything should be studied because everything has specific impacts,” said David Rodriguez, president of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council. “What’s good somewhere else is not automatically good in our community.” He said with main thoroughfares like Nogales Street and Colima and Fullerton roads already clogged with traffic, infrastructure problems must be addressed before new residents are added to the mix. “We’re looking for Rowland Heights to be planned (as a whole),” he said. “What can we do to make the community better?” last_img read more

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