City mulls requiring businesses to seek city permission to repaint

La Cañada’s City Council voted unanimously Monday night to table the second reading and implementation of a zoning change that would implement city oversight when businesses want to change the exterior appearance of their business.

The final reading of the zone change will now be held at the Council’s April 2 meeting.

Local resident Richard Cohen addressed the council, saying that, “We have enough government, and I don’t think you had any real talk about this at all.”

Cohen told the council he was opposed to the zone change, and that he wanted its implementation postponed so that local residents and business owners can make their voices heard in opposition if they want.

The proposed zone change would require owners of commercial properties who want to fully or partially repaint their building’s exterior to get approval first from the city’s director of community development. If the proposed paint color is judged to be significantly different from the previous hue, Design Commission approval will be required.

The council exempted small touch-up painting, such as graffiti coverage, from requiring approval.


City to control paint colors

-- Daniel Siegal, Times Community News

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