The Burbank City Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to extend a measure that caps the number of residential units in the city.
An oversight by Burbank city staff resulted in the City Council having to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to extend a 30-year-old measure involving residential units.
Council members unanimously voted to extend Measure One, an initiative first approved by Burbank voters in 1989, for an additional 10 years, through Jan. 1, 2030.
Fred Ramirez, assistant community development director for Burbank, said Measure One, which was going to expire on Jan. 1, is a growth-control ordinance that prohibits the city from increasing the number of allowed residential units beyond what was approved by city officials in 1988.
More than 30 years ago, the city capped the number of residential units allowed at 63,704, assuming that all of the parcels in the city had been built out. Councilman Tim Murphy, who was on the City Council in 1989, said residents then were concerned about overbuilding. He added that the issue still remains.
While some people may view Measure One as a control on the number of units allowed in Burbank, Murphy, as well as Vice Mayor Bob Frutos, said they see the initiative as a way to retain local control on housing issues, a matter that has come up again recently.
City Council members said they view new state laws regarding accessory-dwelling units, which went into effect on Jan. 1, as an overreach by state legislators to address the housing shortage statewide.