CHURCH NEIGHBORS BLAST SANCTUARY PLAN.
A neighborhood planning group criticized efforts Wednesday by West Hills Presbyterian Church to build a new sanctuary in a neighborhood where residents say the streets are already too congested and noisy.
Advisory council members said that before they would consider approving the plans, the church needs to draw up an artist's rendering of the new 40-foot-high sanctuary, develop better relations with residents, improve its landscaping and instruct church members not to park on residential streets.
``I'm very concerned with the difficulties the neighbors are having with the church,'' said Judith Fischer, an advisory council member. ``I'd say the church needs to be a good neighbor to residents.''
The Neighborhood Planning Advisory Council makes recommendations to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick, who will convey her views to a city zoning administrator considering a zoning variance for the church project.
Residents originally thought the church, located at 23350 Welby Way, was planning to build a new junior high and high school on its property, creating even more problems.
A Welby Way and Vicinity neighborhood news bulletin said area residents were shocked to learn the church was intending to build a school, but when the neighbors showed up at the advisory council meeting Wednesday evening they learned plans were for an 11,000-square-foot sanctuary.
Many complained nevertheless that they were concerned about heavy traffic on school days, longer waits to drop their children off at nearby Welby Way Elementary School, and heavy traffic during night meetings, weddings and funerals.
The church leaders said they intend to build a new sanctuary and use the existing church sanctuary as a multipurpose building, including the teaching of Sunday Bible classes for junior high and high school students.
``We want to cooperate with our neighbors,'' said church ruling elder Sung Kim. ``We don't want to cause anyone any inconvenience. We're not increasing our congregation or our number of school-age kids.''
Church leaders also pledged to instruct their congregation not to park in front of homes in the neighborhood.
Map: Proposed church expansion
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|Date:||Jul 15, 1999|
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