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-.% Both Sides Express Frustration With City Hall By Amanda Michne A group of residents is appealing the decision last month of the Beverly Hills planning director that granted conditional approval for a child care operation to expand from a small to a large family day care home. The conditional approval would permit Nicoletta Ghezzi, the applicant, to care for up to 14 children, about double the amount now allowed, in her home at 232 South Swall Drive• 232 South Swafl Drive Neighbors opposed to the large family day care have voiced con- cerns about additional traffic, park- ing and noise near their homes• "We have absolutely nothing against child care," said Jeff Levine, a resident involved in the appeal, "But it is a commercial venture and should be in a corn- mercially zoned area." The owners of the day care think their neighbors have other issues on their mind. "I think that the bottom line is that they don't want child day care on their street becausc they arc afraid it will bring down their property value," said Charles Rosc, who is married to Ghezzi. "My wife is just trying to provide quali- ty, educational, loving day care." The neighborly dispute may not be for the city to decide• The Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services iCenses family day care homes. State law allows cities to require "non-discrettonary" use Permits, which means that if the conditions are met, the permit must be granted. The city Can only establish "reasonable" regulations in four areas: spacing/concentration, parking, noise and traffic• • After monitoring and reviewing the day care site on South Swall over a period of days tn October, the planning department's staff report recommended that the application for the Permit be approved subject to one condition - parents delivering or picking up children must park on the east side of the street (the same side as the day care) to avoid possible Pedestrian and vehicle conflicts. . "We were very disappointed with the staff report," said Levine, who called it "woefully nadequate and inaccurate." The South Swall Drive Day Care Committee, the group that opposes the permit, has out- lined five points in their appeal that will be heard by the planning commission• They will argue that the staff report does not adequately address parking, traffic, noise from construction or the increased dangers, inconveniences and liability or crowds from any "special events" that might occur at the day care. The group also says the expanded day care would not benefit the community, • Levine warns that approval of this large family day care would open the door to others lrt Beverly Hills. "If one gets through it sets a precedent for the city's position approving Others,,, Levine said. "While we would like to have it shut down, we are not asking for that, Levine says he knows of about 60 other residents who oppose the permit. b The planning department's staff report notes that it would be "improper" for the city to ase its decisions on the number of people that happen to oppose a project or attend the PUblic meetings. Both sides seem frustrated with City Hall. w,R°se complains that that the city has been dragging its heel on the permit approval, n, lch they first requested in September of 2000. i'If this were Swall Drive in Los Angeles, it wouldn't have taken this long," Rose said. While Levine sa" s that Beverly Hills city staff is insensitive to residents. "These eo le, they do their jobs the city and then they go home. They are not sensitive to thPe cSlmc- munity.,, The hearing date is set for May 10 at 7:30pm in Room A of City Hall. m skincare® World's Finest Natural Enzyme Treatments for anti-aging, acne, scar removal, & pigmentation. 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