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DEVELOPMENT PLAN IS OK'D BY COUNTY MOUNTAINS: SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS ZONING PERMITS WOULD ALLOW INNS, BED-AND-BREAKFASTS.



Byline: Troy Anderson

Staff Writer

After a 20-year standoff stand·off  
n.
1. A tie or draw, as in a contest.

2. A situation in which one force neutralizes or counterbalances the other.

3. A standoff insulator.

adj.
Standoffish.
 with the Coastal Commission, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan that -- if approved by the commission -- would allow the county to take over coastal development permitting responsibilities in the Santa Monica Mountains The Santa Monica Mountains are a low transverse range in southern California in the United States. Geography
They run for approximately 40 mi (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County.
.

Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County is the last major jurisdiction in the state that hasn't complied with the 1976 Coastal Act, which required local governments to take responsibility for issuing permits.

The county plan will now go to the commission for its approval.

"This plan is a product of community input," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman.  said. "No plan I've ever been involved in had more community involvement.

"It's not something we dreamed up in the ivory tower ivory tower
n.
A place or attitude of retreat, especially preoccupation with lofty, remote, or intellectual considerations rather than practical everyday life.
 here. We now have a plan embraced by a cross-section of people who live in this area."

The plan bans construction in the most-sensitive habitats and limits development in other parts of an 81-mile swath extending five miles inland from the ocean.

It has been supported by the National Park Service and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is an agency of the state of California in the United States founded in 1979 and dedicated to the acquisition of land in the Santa Susana and Santa Monica Mountains and the Simi Hills, north and west of Los Angeles, for preservation as open .

"Thank you for the most environmentally sensitive planning document that has come before this board, certainly in the 30 years I've been working here," said Joseph Edmiston, executive director of the conservancy.

"This plan represents a compromise, but it represents a compromise in favor of the environment."

But critics -- including commission staff -- say the plan doesn't go far enough to protect the mountains from overdevelopment Overdevelopment refers to a process by which natural resources are impacted by urbanization and/or road construction, at a rate significantly harmful to the ecosystem. Environmental activism is a frequent response to overdevelopment, as well as are many fields of academic study. .

Others also raised concerns about the impacts potential development would have on water quality in the Santa Monica Bay Santa Monica Bay is an arm of the Pacific Ocean in southern California, United States. Its boundaries are slightly ambiguous, but it is generally considered to be the part of the Pacific within an imaginary line drawn between Point Dume  and on the rural qualities of the national recreation area.

The plan provides residents with a more streamlined permitting process and creates a Rural-Coastal Zone that replaces agricultural zones.

Residential development and other uses would be allowed in the new zone, including backyard boarding of horses, bed-and-breakfast establishments and rural inns.

Both bed-and-breakfasts and inns would require major coastal development permits.

"I'm afraid this will cause the commercialization of the Santa Monica Mountains," said Calabasas resident Valerie Burkholder. "This will allow restaurants and hotels in the Santa Monica Mountains, which will result in more traffic from guests, workers and delivery trucks.

"And it will bring in people from out of town. And then there is backyard boarding. It provides an attractive economic incentive to have the maximum number of horses."

The new plan also expands a prohibition on development within 50 feet of a significant ridgeline ridge·line  
n.
See ridge.

Noun 1. ridgeline - a long narrow range of hills
ridge

arete - a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains
, preventing developers from leveling more mountaintops to construct homes.

Ridgeline development is currently prohibited in the northern part of the mountains, but that prohibition will now be expanded throughout the mountains.

"That was a major controversy," said Ben Saltsman, planning deputy to Yaroslavsky. "The ridgelines are the most susceptible to fires. That's an important point in light of what happened last week."

The vote Tuesday comes seven years after supervisors approved the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan as a way to stop overdevelopment along the Ventura Freeway The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from Ventura to Pasadena. It is the principal east-west route through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. .

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