Building Curb Sought Near Van Nuys Airport

In the wake of a plane crash that killed two people Tuesday near Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson on Wednesday asked city planners to study restriction of development under the airport's flight path.

Bernson's request came as the City Council tentatively approved a revised land-use plan for Mission Hills, Panorama City and Sepulveda. Bernson said he was concerned that the plan calls for more intense development, from the single-family homes permitted now to condominiums "within 50 to 100 feet" of where the plane crashed.

The council approved Bernson's request to ask the Planning Commission to consider other land uses for the area north of Roscoe Boulevard between Hayvenhurst and Woodley avenues. The area is in Bernson's district.

The revised plan otherwise approved by the council Wednesday provides for slightly more development than permitted in the previous plan approved in 1982.

The new plan allows for enough development to accommodate 134,595 residents, contrasted with the previous plan, which provided for a population of 109,000. The 1980 U.S. Census listed the area's population as 75,948.

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