BURBANK CITY COUNCIL MEETING PREVIEW

PLANNING BOARD APPEAL

The council will consider an appeal of a Planning Board decision to reject a project to build a 500-square-foot dwelling unit next to an existing home on the 300 block of North Ontario Street.

The applicant is asking for a code variance that would exempt him from providing an additional vehicle parking space. An existing garage on the property does not allow enough room for a car to maneuver toward the rear of the property.

WHAT TO EXPECT

At its Sept. 11, 2006, meeting, the Planning Board did not find any special circumstances requiring the granting of the variance.

The board saw the space limitations as a self-imposed hardship. City planning staff members are recommending that the council uphold the original decision.

WEED ABATEMENT

The council will be asked to adopt a resolution that will allow city staff to commence its annual weed-abatement process. The resolution formally declares the council's desire to remove weeds that are a nuisance to the community. Homeowners whose properties are included on a list of 15 offenders have a chance to address the council at a March 6 hearing.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Adopting a weed-abatement resolution is done annually to commence clean-up of properties in Burbank. If property owners do not abate problem weeds on their own, the county of Los Angeles sends weed-abatement teams to remedy the problem and a one-time assessment is collected along with monthly property taxes.

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