(LA TIMES) L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz told a land-use committee Tuesday that he had no objection to moving forward with expansion of a Sherman Oaks synagogue that is taking a second lap through City Hall for approval and has sparked bitter debate.
Based on that opinion, members of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee voted 2-0 to move the project to the full council for a vote Wednesday. Committee member Mitchell Englander was absent.
Koretz, through his planning deputy Shawn Bayliss, told Councilmen Jose Huizar and Ed Reyes that changes to the project approved by the full council in June 2009 were not significant enough to warrant sending it back to a zoning administrator for further review.
The council in 2009 approved a 12,000-square-foot expansion for Chabad of North Hollywood, slightly larger than the 10,300-square-foot design approved by a zoning official. Neighbors opposed to the project's size sued and eventually won a Court of Appeal decision ordering the council to reconsider its approval. continue reading...