The interim control doesn't absolutely ban multiple residential development, but allows projects to proceed with a conditional use permit. Sam Dea of the county said CUP's take six months to a year to obtain, and require fees of in excess of $5,000.
"Essentially, it is a moratorium," said council member Bob Thomas.
The issue came up when local residents and the town council complained about the growing number of multiple projects near single family homes. The underlying zoning for the county is R-3.
Supervisor Mike Antonovich requested the action to allow the department of regional planning to conduct a zoning study with local hearings and to consider any changes. New controls could include design review.
Council Vice President Sharon Raghavachary question a published statement that five current projects will continue, saying the number in plan check was three. A check of the transcript of the board meeting found the correct number is five.
The development concerns center around possible strains on local infrastructure and schools, and a fear that continued development would affect the small town atmosphere of the community.
In other business, the council presented an award to businessman Peter Rosenthal, who operates Volunteers in Pride, a private group that helps deal with graffiti.
Rosenthal founded the group 15 years ago, and now has five volunteers. They work to eradicate graffiti on streets, private property and the freeway. Rosenthal said graffiti has decreased by 80 to 90 percent in the last 10 years. Anyone wanting information about the group can call 248-0000.
The council and Supervisor Antonovich will offer the annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave. A tree will be planted in honor of the first inhabitants of the valley, the Tongva Indians.