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    Proposed Beverly Hills Garage Ordinance

    By Courier Staff Writer

          A proposed “garage ordinance” the Beverly Hills City Council will consider on May 3 would require single-family homowners to provide a dedicated, enclosed two-car garage on their property. A minimum 9-ft wide expanse of paving, leading from the street to garage, eliminating usable front and side yard space if necessary, will be required to meet the new ordinance even if the garage already has immediate and convenient access from an alley or side street.
          BH homes that already have an enclosed garage will be required to increase the amount of driveway paving from the street to the enclosed garage, if necessary to conform to the new law. The enclosed garage must be located at the back of the property, which means more paving and will also reduce the usuable back yard space even further.
          While approximately 1,000 sq. ft. of additional paving might not reduce the quality of life significantly on larger lots north of Santa Monica, this new requirement would have a serious impact on the quality of life for those who live on smaller lots in The City.
          This proposed law would dramatically reduce usable yard space on most residential lots south of Santa Monica Blvd. and virtually eliminate the already small usable back yards on many smaller lots.
          Some of the Beverly Hills homeowners are greatly concerned about this proposed change in The City’s law that could have a serious negative impact on the quality of life by further reducing usable yard space for many homeowens.


      
     
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