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Report
Bungalow Court Preservation
Concerns
City Council
September 8, 2014
Bungalow Courts
Planning & Community Development Department
Gartz Court, 743 N. Pasadena Avenue
Mary Louise Court, 599 N. Mentor Avenue
Harnetiaux Court, 48 N. Catalina Avenue
Cornish Manor Court, 500 S. El Molino Avenue
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Historic Designation Status Summary
Planning & Community Development Department
• Councilmember Tornek recently raised a
concern about historic bungalow courts that
may be threatened with demolition due to
development pressures
• Staff conducted preliminary research
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116 total remaining in City
44 with historic designation
36 eligible for designation
22 ineligible for designation due to alterations
14 require further research due to construction after
1942
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Existing Protections
Planning & Community Development Department
• 44 Designated Courts:
> Certificate of Appropriateness is required for major and minor
projects.
> Review authority can deny application if inappropriate.
• 36 Eligible but Undesignated Courts:
> Certificate of Appropriateness required for major projects only.
> Review authority can delay application for up to 180 days if
inappropriate.
> If demolition proposed in conjunction with a new development
project, CEQA requirements may be sufficient disincentive to
ensure protection.
• 22 Ineligible Courts & 14 Requiring Further Study:
> No protection required (not historically significant)
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Potential Threats to 36 Eligible but
Undesignated Courts
Planning & Community Development Department
• Demolition
> 11 courts are developed below the allowable density by 5 or more units –
could be considered threatened.
• Serial Alterations
> Minor projects (replacement windows/doors, minor additions, changes to
the setting, etc.) are exempt from Certificate of Appropriateness.
• Deterioration/Neglect
> Some courts have high levels of deterioration on the exterior.
> Education is needed to inform property owners of economic incentives
available for historic properties.
• Potential Condominium Conversions
> Condominium conversions could assist with preservation; however,
compliance with current parking requirements would be an issue.
Condominium conversions could potentially have the effect of eliminating
affordable housing.
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Possible Strategies for Further Study
Planning & Community Development Department
• Conduct further study of 22 ineligible bungalow courts and 14
requiring further study.
• Conduct outreach to property owners to encourage
designation of eligible courts.
• Establish limitation on the number of building permits that
may be issued for minor projects affecting historic resources
within a given time period.
• Conduce educational outreach to inform property owners of
economic incentives available for historic properties.
• Revive previous effort to modify parking requirements for
bungalow court condominium conversions (after consulting
with Housing to ensure that affordable housing stock would
not be impacted).
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Staff Recommendation
Planning & Community Development Department
• Staff recommends that the City Council
receive the report and direct staff to bring the
issue of bungalow court preservation to the
Historic Preservation Commission and
Planning Commission to develop a strategy
and recommendations for further protection of
historic bungalow courts.
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Bungalow Court Preservation
Concerns
Discussion/Direction from Council

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