The Venice Neighborhood Council plans to consider fences and hedges recommendations at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16th, in the Westminster Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The Neighborhood Council responded to community concerns in February about front-yard fence and hedge height regulation and enforcement by asking a working group to evaluate the issues and recommend revisions to existing regulations. Due to the scale of the issue, the group quickly became a full-fledged ad hoc committee.

Community members onÝall sides ofÝthe issue joined with members of the Land Use and Planning Committee, the Neighborhood Council, representatives of City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office, the Department of City Planning, the Bureau of Street Services, the City Attorney’s Office, the Department of Building and Safety, the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Coastal Commission, to create the Fences and Hedges Ad Hoc Committee.

InÝmonthly sessions, the committee explored existing regulations, public and private property issues and recent developments in nearby areas. The Neighborhood Council is scheduled to vote on the committee’s recommendations at its October 21st meeting.

The recommendations include grandfathering existing “nonconforming” fences and hedges; a community-wide survey; enabling establishment of “Specific Plan Fence Height Overlay Districts,” in which individual areas can choose their own frontage height limits, allowing heights to increase as setbacks increase, and encouraging “walk-ability” and visibility; and a notification procedure for new property owners.

The full text of the motion can be viewed at www.veniceneighbor hoodcouncil.com/meetings/.

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