Redondo Beach City Council Places 10-Month Ban on Mixed Used Development

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REDONDO BEACH (CNS) - The Redondo Beach City Council has placed a nearly one-year moratorium on mixed-use development, a move that comes amid a statewide housing shortage driving up rents and home prices, it was reported today.

The 10-month ban, which passed unanimously earlier this week, puts a brake on projects that combine retail and office with housing -- and which are going up in many communities to the dismay of residents concerned over traffic, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The City Council's action extended a 45-day moratorium passed in August for an additional 10- months. In doing so, the council found that more mixed- use projects would have an adverse effect on traffic and thus ``public health or safety,'' according to The Times.

The timeout is meant to give the city breathing room to hammer out new rules for its mixed-use zones that would lessen the impact on schools, infrastructure and city services. Next year, the council will have the opportunity to extend the moratorium for an additional year.

The city of roughly 68,900 residents has about 30,700 homes, according to state Department of Finance data cited by The Times. And an additional 3,296 housing units could be built in Redondo Beach’s ``mixed-use commercial/residential zones,'' according to the city's road map for housing development in its general plan.

However, it's unclear how many of those would be affected by the moratorium, which does not cover construction in residential zones, nor previously approved projects, The Times reported. The planned redevelopment of the South Bay Galleria into a mixed-use center with retail and housing also would not be affected because it is located in a specialty zone.

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