it was the clerks job to make sure we had all the required materials necessary before accepting the plans, upon reviewing the package she exclaimed, “this is one of the most professional set of plans I’ve ever seen!”

 

Our land is located in Los Angeles and it’s the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Department’s job to approve any building plans in the area. The submittal process for our particular area can be a bit complicated due to the fact that along with being in LA County, it’s also in the Coastal Zone. The Costal Zone covers the entire California coastline from its farthest point up north all the way to the southern border and around six miles inland. This strip of prime real estate is governed by the California Coastal Commission and it’s their job to regulate development along the state’s 1,150-mile coastline. So before we can get our building permits we have to make it through Regional Planning, then the Coastal Commission. After Coastal Reviews the project that is it for the discretionary reviews, we then submit to Building & Safety which reviews the project for “Life-safety” issues. If all goes well our house will still resemble the house you see here in the renderings…if not we may be doing a bit of redesign!

It was around January of 2004 that The Kim and I began looking for land. To get to the point of being able to seeing our house and all its detail in the immaculate plans that Steve Yett has put together is extremely exciting for us. Even more exciting was taking those plans down to Los Angeles County Regional Planning in October of 2005.

Submitting a set of plans to Regional Planning is a straight ahead process and as long as you have an architect that keeps up with the current rules and regulations set forth by the county it should be pretty painless. Steve and I submitted our package to the one of the clerks at the county, it was her job to make sure we had all the required materials necessary before accepting the plans, upon reviewing the package she exclaimed, “this is one of the most professional set of plans I’ve ever seen!.”
Steve did an awesome job and I was pretty confident at that point that we’d make it through Regional Planning without have to do any major redesigning.

While The Kim and I waited for the approval, the weeks went by and we couldn’t help but start to think that they must be hacking away at our plans with a big red pen! We spent about 10 months designing the house with Steve so at this point we felt married to the design and would have been upset at even the smallest re-design…I’m sure Steve being the creator, felt the same feeling multiplied by a hundred! As luck would have it, it took about 2 months for Regional Planning to sign off on it with only minor, superficial changes to the plans. Hurray…next stop Coastal Commission!!

In late January of 2006 we will be submitting our package to the California Coast Commission. Hopefully Steve, The Kim and I have done our homework and will make it through this entity unscathed as well.

Stay tuned to the Latest News blog for future updates on the pending approval and the date we will break ground!