Oppose Proposed Land Use Decision Appeal Fee Increase

Oppose Proposed Land Use Decision Appeal Fee Increase

Proposed by Matt Wersinger/DRNC on March 15, 2021
Formally adopted by WRAC in April 2021 | Download the WRAC position letter

Passed by

  • Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council (modified version)
  • Brentwood Community Council
  • Del Rey Neighborhood Council (modified version)
  • Mar Vista Community Council (modified version)
  • Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa
  • Pacific Palisades Community Council
  • West LA-Sawtelle Neighborhood Council
  • Westside Neighborhood Council
  • Westwood Neighborhood Council


Refers to City Council file 09-0969-S3

The Westside Regional Alliance of Councils opposes the proposal by the City’s Chief Administrative Officer (Rich Llewellyn), to raise the fee for a citizen (or a community group, such as an HOA) to file an appeal of any city land use (or Building & Safety) decision, from the current $89 to the discriminatory amount of $16,097.  This amount that has no basis in reality will prohibit the majority of stakeholders in the City of Los Angeles from having meaningful access to any city land use appeal procedure.  Council File 09-0969-S3



See Attorney Comment Letter (J. Given)

Contact Matt Wersinger with any questions.


BABCNC modified version:  Agenda Item 14.b (board action 3/24/21)

MVCC modified version:  CIS (board action 3/9/21)

DRNC modified version:  CIS (board action 3/11/21)

WLASNC passed the motion after the WRAC position letter was sent (board action 5/13/21)

CF 09-0969-S3 (CAO report and recommendations) — On May 4, 2021, the City Council PLUM Committee approved the smaller appeal fee increase proposed by the Dept. of City Planning, not the “cost-recovery” amount proposed by the CAO.

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