On June 23rd the City Council voted to approve the creation of the Pico Neighborhood Zoning District. As of July 24th the Community Development Department has 18 months to create the elements the PN Zoning District. At the PNA’s Annual membership meeting, members and residents were asked to prioritize the goals of the PN Zoning District that will be presented to Rick Cole, SM City Manager, David Martin, Director of Community Development Department and the City Council.
PN Zoning District Guiding Goals:
- Protect the quality of life of neighborhood residents against potential impacts related to development- traffic, noise, air quality, parking and the encroachment of commercial activities.
- Strengthen and Sustain the Pico Neighborhood as a cultural and ethnic residential neighborhood that maintains its identity as a diverse rich community
- Create a fund to improve air quality in homes affected by freeway pollution
- Provide for the maintenance and continuation of a mixture of residential building types that range from older single-unit family homes to multi-unit housing.
- Ensure that the scale and design of new and rehabilitated development is sensitive to the scale and massing of existing adjacent structures and with the surrounding neighborhood context
- Ensure community benefits are centered on Pico Neighborhood needs such as culturally relevant youth services and senior services
- On Pico Blvd.- Eliminate the designation of Mix Use Blvd. Low (MUBL) and replace it with Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning designation
- Extend the boundaries of the PN Zoning District to the following:
- Extend from Lincoln Blvd. to east side of 7th street
- Extend from Olympic Blvd. to Colorado Blvd.
- Preserve our two mobile home parks-Village Trailer Park & Mountain View Trailer Park
- Provide sites for institutional, residential, and neighborhood serving uses such as parks, community facilities and locally owned small businesses and neighborhood stores that provide goods and services to support the daily life of diverse residents within walking distance of neighborhoods and complement surrounding residential development.