Day 2 – A Trip to City Hall

February 20, 2007 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

Well after finding the home I needed to decide quickly if I would make an offer on this neglected California Bungalow. At a cramped 1,060 sq ft, I immediately knew making this house comfortable would require adding some sq fts.

Next stop, the Monrovia City Planner’s office. There I met a delightful woman named Illy Lobaco. She was very helpful. She pulled all the permits on the property, dug up some old drawings and provided me a set of building requirements/setbacks etc. for the property. I learned a ton. I highly recommend that you make a trip to the city to learn about your prospective property.

Here is the contact info for the City of Monrovia Planning Department

Phone #: 626 932 – 5526

Hours: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The interesting things I learned that day are as follows:

  • property setbacks (The minimum distance (in plan) by which a building must be separated from the property line) are different for corner lots. So, even though this house occupied a nice corner lot the setback requirements are larger than mid-block lots
  • detached garages can be on the property line but attached garages require a 20ft setback. Combine the garage constraint with the unique cornder lot constraints and you quickly have an interesting puzzle to solve — how do you maximize sq footage, while meeting all of the city’s requirements
  • up front planning saves a lot of headaches later on — some of my assumptions about what I could do were wrong. Illy our friendly City Planner related stories of broken dreams for people who did check the city requirements before they bought their project
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