They aim to speak out against planned additions to the property at 4925 Saratoga, because the recently rehabbed main house is being used as a short term vacation rental – and they view this permit to add a garage and a house over the garage as an expansion of yet another STVR and a threat to their neighborhood.
The Planning Board subcommittee, called the Project Review Committee, meets usually once a month to take a first look at permit applications for development in the OB planning area. They then pass on a recommendation of “approval” or “denial” to the full Board to consider, usually within a month.
The Project Review committee’s agenda has one action item on its agenda for tonight – an application to build a 918 square foot residence over a 730 square foot garage. The planned garage is 2 tandem 2 car garage. The proposed gross floor area, according to the agenda, is 1,648 square feet, including the 800 square foot front residence. The lot is 3500 square feet, and the proposed FAR is 0.70, according to the agenda.
The main house in the front, a very cute “cottage” with a cute white, picket fence, is definitely a short term vacation rental as it is advertised on VRBO as having 2 bedrooms but that can sleep 10. Ten people.
In a comment by OB Mercy to the earlier post, she said: “Every week we have someone new staying there making all sorts of noise because they’re on vacation.”
The property was bought in March of 2015 for $595,000, according to a reliable source and it doesn’t appear that the new owner ever lived in the main house. Another neighbor commented: “The owner never lived there, it was being remodeled for months – maybe a year.”
Another neighbor said that when she moved in close by, a family lived in the main house, but they were evicted to make way for the STVR.
Planning Board Election Today
The OB Planning Board is also holding their annual election today, Wed., March 15th. Between 4 and 6pm, balloting is occurring in the Crafts Room at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.