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La Puente : Building Rules Tightened

In an effort to curtail traffic problems and neighborhood overcrowding, the City Council Tuesday voted to tighten building restrictions on more than 100 residential lots.

The council voted 3 to 1 to allow single-family houses and duplexes on 111 parcels previously designated for higher-density dwellings, such as apartments and condominiums.

City officials said the measure could lead to a reduction of up to 148 housing units.

During a public hearing last month, some property owners complained that the zoning changes would scrub long-held plans to build apartments or condominiums on their lots. But most speakers favored the proposal, arguing that it would reduce traffic and improve property values.

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Councilman Joe V. Alderete abstained from voting because he lives in one of the affected neighborhoods. Mayor Charles H. Storing voted against the plan because he said it needed further study.


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