The Director of Planning is hereby designated as the Advisory Agency for the City of Los Angeles. The Director is authorized to act in such capacity through one or more deputies who are appointed by him for that purpose. The Director, with the concurrence of the Chief Zoning Administrator, may designate an Associate Zoning Administrator to perform these additional functions. (Amended by Ord. No. 150,947, Eff. 7/3/78.)
A. Authority and Duties. The Advisory Agency is charged with the duty of making investigations and reports on the design and improvement of proposed subdivisions, of requiring the dedication of land, the payment of fees in lieu thereof, or a combination of both, for the acquisition and development of park and recreation sites and facilities, and is hereby authorized to approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove Tentative Maps of proposed subdivisions, private streets and such maps as are provided for herein, to prescribe the design, kinds, nature and extent of improvements required to be installed in connection therewith and to report directly to the subdivider the action taken on the Tentative Map. (Amended by Ord. No. 184,505, Eff. 1/11/17.)
In taking any such action, the Advisory Agency is authorized to include or omit in whole or in part the reports or recommendations of the other concerned officials or City departments, except that the Advisory Agency may not omit any mandatory requirements relating to public health or safety recommended by such other officials or departments in the exercise of their duties prescribed by law. Before approving the omission of any report or recommendation made by such officials or departments the Advisory Agency shall submit the matter to the members of the Subdivision Committee for consideration at a regular meeting.
When the Advisory Agency approves or conditionally approves a tentative map, it may also designate certain lots or proposed buildings, whether existing or to be constructed on a lot shown on said map, as sites for the construction of model dwellings. The Advisory Agency is authorized to designate said sites only if it determines that they comply, or can be made to comply with the design standards for sites for model dwellings as hereinafter set forth in Section 17.05 of this article.
The Advisory Agency, acting in the capacity of an Associate Zoning Administrator, shall have the authority to reduce the width of required passageways pursuant to Section 12.21 C.2.(b) to no less than five feet between habitable buildings and detached condominiums, unless the Fire Department determines that the reduction would result in a safety hazard. And shall have the authority to grant deviations of no more than 20 percent from the applicable area, yard, and height requirements. The subdivider must ask for adjustments at the time of filing. In permitting adjustments, the Advisory Agency shall make the findings contained in Section 12.28 C.4. (Added by Ord. No. 176,321, Eff. 1/15/05.)
The reductions/deviations shall be included in the written decision of the Advisory Agency. Notification and appeal rights to such reductions/deviations shall conform to Section 17.06 A. (Added by Ord. No. 176,321, Eff. 1/15/05.)
If the final decision-maker imposes a condition as part of an action on a related application that differs from a condition of approval on a tentative tract map, then the Advisory Agency shall have the authority to make the tract map conditions consistent with the final decision-maker's action. (Amended by Ord. No. 177,103, Eff. 12/18/05.)
B. Procedure. The Advisory Council shall not act upon any Tentative Map until 39 days time has elapsed from the filing of the map, unless reports have been received from each member of the Subdivision Committee. Where said reports have been mailed to the subdivider within the 39-day period, the Advisory Agency shall not act until five days’ time has elapsed from the date of mailing of a copy of all. such reports to the subdivider. Every Tentative Map shall be considered by the Advisory Agency at a public meeting. (Amended by Ord. No. 137,891, Eff. 1/8/69.)
C. Modifications. The Advisory Agency is authorized to approve or disapprove requests by a subdivider for minor modifications in the Conditions of Approval for a Tentative Map, but such action shall not extend the time for filing of a Final Map with the City Engineer. Such decisions shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Section 17.11 and shall be subject to the same appeal as is provided for appeals from the decision of the Advisory Agency on Tentative Maps.
D. Subdivision of Air Space. (Amended by Ord. No. 168,132, Eff. 9/3/92.) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, in any zone, the Advisory Agency is authorized to approve, conditionally approve or disapprove a preliminary parcel map or a tentative tract map showing one or more air space lots (as defined in Section 12.03 of this Code), provided that such air space lots are created in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 1, Article 7 of this Code.
The Advisory Agency shall require, as a condition of approval of any tentative tract map or preliminary parcel map showing one or more air space lots, that the final map or parcel map showing such air space lots be based upon a site plan which accurately describes the location of such lots. After recordation of such map and upon construction of the buildings or structures within the air space lots, if it is determined by the Department of Building and Safety that there are minor discrepancies between the site plan and the actual physical location of the air space lots in such buildings or structures, lot lines for the air space lots may be adjusted as necessary through the parcel map exemption procedure set forth in Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 17.50B3c.