Homeowners Ask Restrictions on School Site Uses

Leaders of the Margate-Lunada Bay Home Owners Assn. have asked the City Council to pass an ordinance designed to restrict changes in the use of public school property.

Jack Baker, association president, and Margate resident Nazeer Ahmed told the council that changes from "current and accepted" uses of school sites should require approval by the city in the form of zoning variances. They and other speakers said the issue arose from the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District's proposal to relocate its continuation high school at the closed Margate Intermediate School.

But they contended that a new zoning ordinance also would help protect other residential communities where schools may be closed in the future and used for "incompatible purposes." The council directed the city staff to study the proposal.

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