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Planning Commission delays vote on murals till fall

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A Planning Commission vote on regulating Los Angeles' murals was continued until September after commissioners disagreed over whether public art should be allowed on single-family homes.

A disagreement over the placement of murals on residential buildings prompted Los Angeles city planning commissioners to delay a vote today on an ordinance intended to regulate the public art. 

For the past decade, there has been a citywide ban on murals, which were lumped into city regulations alongside billboards. This morning, commissioners listened to about four hours of testimony and debate on a proposal that would legalize murals on private buildings.

The proposed ordinance would require that murals:

  • Not exceed 100 feet
  • Not extend more than six inches from the building façade
  • Not cover windows or doors
  • Remain intact for at least two years

Another proposed requirement would limit murals to residential buildings with five or more units. 

“My feeling is that this limit gives a lot of communities protection and certainty as they move forward,” said Bill Roschen, head of the Planning Commission.