August 14, 2004
SIDEYARD VARIANCE DENIED WHAT HAPPENED The council denied a resident's request for a sideyard setback variance. WHAT IT MEANS On the second go-around before the council, a resident in the 1000 block of East Magno- lia Boulevard was denied a sideyard setback variance for not having the required five feet between the home and property line. The resident was ordered to stop construction on his two-story home. VOTE The council denied the motion 5-0. IDLING TRUCKS PROHIBITED WHAT HAPPENED The Council passed an ordinance against truck idling.
July 22, 2006
CITY HALL ? The City Council narrowly passed a resolution Tuesday prohibiting electronic signs, which their detractors say distract drivers and diminish Burbank's aesthetic appeal. Councilmen Jef Vander Borght and David Gordon voted against the resolution, arguing that the ban should not be imposed on signs that display time and temperature. But the council's vote will require businesses, going forward, to file for a variance in order to install these types of displays on their properties, Assistant Planner Tracey Steinkruger said.
August 26, 2006
PLANNING BOARD APPEAL The City Council upheld a resolution to uphold the Planning Board's conditions for a variance for a residential property on south Sheridan Street. The project applicant, Michael Heaven, had argued that the conditions the board imposed in granting the variance would severely limit his ability to complete the project. WHAT IT MEANS Heaven will be prohibited from encroaching upon a 20-foot separation between his property and nearby single-family properties.
November 29, 2006
BURBANK — Opponents of a proposed 60,000-square-foot Whole Foods market in the Rancho District are hoping that the City Council will uphold the Planning Board's decision to deny a variance for the project. The variance would allow the store to reduce distance requirements for setbacks — the separation between the structure and the property line — that were established in the Rancho District Master Plan. "The store is way too big for that location," Rancho resident Rod Guilmette said.
August 30, 2003
Ryan Carter Despite plans by a developer to scale down a proposed trade school, Burbank residents who oppose the North Hollywood project say it makes little difference. The project, on the former Kaiser Permanente site at 10407 Magnolia Blvd., calls for a school for recording engineers near the corner of Clybourn Avenue on the Burbank border. Residents, some who live within a block of where Christopher Knight wants to open the Los Angeles Recording Workshop, argue the school will only increase traffic and parking problems while lowering property values.
October 8, 2003
Ryan Carter A group of residents who spent weeks fighting a proposed trade school near their homes in Burbank and North Hollywood are breathing a collective sigh of relief. A zoning administrator for the city of Los Angeles has denied parking and zoning variances requested by developer Christopher Knight so that he could open a school for recording engineers on the former Kaiser Permanente site at 10407 Magnolia Blvd., near the corner of Clybourn Avenue.
October 25, 2006
MAGNOLIA PARK DISTRICT — When Shawn Stevens began refurbishing a storefront on Verdugo Avenue to open Krust Café, he immediately felt encouragement from residents in the neighborhood. "Even during the whole four months that we were in here renovating, we had so much support from everybody," he said. "The community seemed to really be rallying behind us." But as the café took shape and compliments about the décor poured in, many people kept asking the same question: Where are the tables going to be?
May 2, 2009
Leave it to a digital sign for a gas station to rile our fair city. In the matter of Burbank vs. Ted Shachory and his illegal $16,000 digital LED signboard for gasoline prices, clearly someone’s going to have to give. Perhaps if the electronic sign for his Fleet Fueling station at 800 N. Hollywood Way hadn’t been near the homes of two City Council members, Shachory wouldn’t be in the position having to ask for an after-the-fact zoning variance. On the other hand, he’s given us one of those teachable moments at City Hall — if you break zoning laws, do not seem surprised when consequences come knocking.