After hearing dozens of speakers pro and con, Councilmen
Adrian Scott Fine, director of advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, said it was unfortunate that the panel did not act on one proposed interim ordinance that, if approved by the council, would establish a moratorium on permits for demolitions and extensive renovations in five areas that expect to be designated as historic preservation overlay zones.
"The door is open" to more demolitions, he said. "We need to act fast."
City planners view the interim ordinances as a stopgap measure to rein in the wave of teardowns that many residents say is changing the character of single-family neighborhoods. Many builders and architects spoke against the proposed limits, saying they would impinge on property rights.
Tom Rothmann, senior city planner, said he expected that the panel would eventually vote to recommend passage of the ordinances.