LOS ANGELES : Mulholland Protection Plan Gets Tentative OK

The City Council has given preliminary approval to a long-delayed plan to protect Mulholland Drive from scenery-spoiling development.

The plan, first proposed 19 years ago, seeks to minimize grading in a 22-mile-long corridor to maintain the road's rustic character and to prevent development from blocking panoramic views from the street. A final vote on the plan is scheduled for Wednesday.

The plan calls for special land-use regulations in a mile-wide corridor divided into two zones. The toughest restrictions would apply to 500 feet on each side of Mulholland Drive. The debate this week focused on a heavily lobbied amendment to include in the protected area the 172-acre Jefferson Development Corp. site overlooking the Hollywood Reservoir in the Cahuenga Pass. The amendment, by Councilman Michael Woo, was also tentatively approved.

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