Due to overwhelming community and expert opposition, on December 2, 2015, the West LA Area Planning Commission unanimously overturned the City’s approval of this oversized project on a fragile steeply sloping coastal bluff at the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Marquez Avenue!
Click here to read the Planning Commission’s Determination Letter, which cites many violations of City zoning, the Coastal Act and overturns the City’s approval of the MND for the project based on significant concerns with traffic, geology, hydrology, hydrogen sulfide gas, easements and cumulative impacts .
Click here to read Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association’s February 2016 newsletter article regarding MKPOA’s critical role in opposing this dangerous development.
5 Reasons to Oppose the 17000 Sunset Development
- Traffic and Parking Nightmare
- Over 100 new parking spaces at busy corner of Sunset & Marquez, the gateway to Marquez School and the Lake Shrine.
- No realistic planning for ingress/egress or overflow parking in this accident-heavy traffic and parking zone.
- Years of grading, hauling and construction affecting traffic and safety on Sunset.
- Violates LA City Zoning and Coastal Act
- Violates second-story step back, side yard minimums and height limits of LA Zoning.
- Violates density, landform alteration, bluff setback and public view protections of CA Coastal Act.
- Eliminates One of the Last Major Public Ocean View from Sunset Blvd.
- Earthquake/Landslide/Environmental Risks Not Addressed
- Site is a steep bluff with serious earthquake risks and a history of landslides.
- Project does not comply with current LA City seismic slope stability standards.
- Site so risky that City/Coastal Commission made residents below say their homes face “extraordinary hazard from landslides and earthquakes”, and now the City approved this five-story complex directly above them!
- Hydrogen sulfide gas risks and related sulfuric acid runoff risks to Santa Monica Bay have not been adequately studied.
- Nonconforming Project Will Form Wall of Buildings Along Coastal Bluff
- This massive project on this coastal bluff, far taller than neighboring buildings and directly across the street from single-family homes, was APPROVED by the City and is being appealed.
- The project destroys a beautiful coastal bluff at 17000 Sunset Blvd, by removing 45,000 cubic yards of soil and fill for a five-story project with two additional stories of subterranean garage.
- The same developer, Gabaee, owns the two lots next to this Project on the bluff and will create a continuous wall of five-story projects along Sunset if not stopped here.
- Gabaee has obtained favors from the LA City Council to gain approval of other non-conforming projects. We must not let that happen on this valuable coastal bluff!
click here to see the bluff on Google Street View