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L.A. council broaches raising fees to appeal development decisions

October 21, 2009 |  7:47 am

The Los Angeles City Council will resume talks today on a proposal to raise the processing fees for residents who seek to overturn the city's development decisions.

Neighborhood councils and homeowner groups are upset about the plan, saying the higher rates would make it too costly to challenge a building project. Fees could be as high as $3,000 under the proposal.

The issue has divided the council, with some members saying it could have a chilling effect on neighborhood involvement and others saying that the city needs the money during a tough budget year and that it would help cover the cost of appeals.

Read the full story on the fee dispute.

-- David Zahniser

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