Burbank residents are being asked to weigh in on the city’s housing element at two meetings slated for next week, one of which will include a City Council discussion on implementing a moratorium on certain development permits, with the idea being to block community care homes that don’t require licenses.
On Monday, city officials will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. in room 104 of the Community Services Building, located at 150 N. Third St. in Burbank.
The meeting was scheduled following ongoing complaints from local residents and members of community group Save Burbank Neighborhoods regarding the state-required housing element the city adopted in January.
Specifically, the policy document states that community care facilities — which may include sober-living facilities — that house six or fewer people are considered a “standard residential use” and, therefore, do not have to obtain a permit to operate in single-family neighborhoods.
That’s been state law for years, and Burbank is already reportedly home to at least three unlicensed sober-living facilities, according to Community Development Director Joy Forbes. One is in an industrial zone, one is a multifamily area, and one is in a single-family neighborhood.