As you may have heard, several months ago, the Monrovia City Council adopted two temporary moratoria (apparently "moratoriums" is grammatically incorrect). One, prohibiting the demolition of houses built before 1940, and the other restricting second story construction for most single family zoned properties. The purpose is to “take a breath” and give the community an opportunity to discuss and provide input on current development and its impact on Monrovia’s neighborhoods (and also on whether "moratoria" is actually a word).
The City has begun a comprehensive review of existing development regulations in an effort to better achieve a balance between property rights and government oversight of development activities. Our goal is to protect the architectural character and unique personality of Monrovia as new buildings are built and older buildings restored – without needlessly applying burdensome restrictions on new construction.
Over the past few months, City Staff (that's us) has been meeting with the community (that's you) to listen to Monrovians talk about the issues regarding current development in our neighborhoods. The next meeting is scheduled for:
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Knights of Columbus
130 West Pomona Avenue, Monrovia, CA
If you are unable to make this meeting, there will be other opportunities throughout the process to participate and we'll use this blog to keep you up to date... so stay tuned, loyal readers!
More information about the process, the issues and the moratoria are available on the City’s website. You can also sign up there to receive updates on the process.
Share your thoughts with us by taking the citywide neighborhood compatibility and historic preservation project survey using the link below. The survey will be available through the end of May. We've received some great feedback so far... but we still need to decide this whole "moratoria" versus "moratoriums" issue.