In 2011 and 2013, the Beverly Hills City Council adopted two ordinances that address the issue of views that have been impaired by foliage growing on a neighbor's property in Trousdale Estates. The intent of the ordinance is to encourage Trousdale neighbors to reach early resolution when addressing restoration of views that have been substantially disrupted by foliage growth on neighboring properties in Beverly Hills.
Hedges Between Properties
One ordinance revised the development standards for walls, fences and hedges in Trousdale Estates (Beverly Hills Municipal Code Section 10-3-2616). The definition of hedge was amended and new height standards were adopted for hedges on slopes between adjacent properties. This was intended to assist property owners in restoring and maintaining views by limiting hedge height adjacent to a neighbor's property. Information can be found here.
Trees and Foliage
The Trousdale View Restoration Ordinance sets out a process for property owners in Trousdale Estates to address views impaired by foliage, including trees, growing on neighbors' properties, where the foliage does not meet the hedge standards outlined above. This process provides a framework for neighbors to work together to resolve issues of view impairment. The process can have three steps:
The intent is for as many cases as possible to be worked out at the Initial Neighbor Outreach step in the process, saving all involved time and money. Neighbors are advised to be mindful of other neighbors' concerns, to be cordial, and are encouraged to find compromise solutions. Neighbors may find solutions outside of the City's view restoration process; however, if a property owner wishes to preserve the opportunity to apply to the City for a decision in a view restoration case, the City's view restoration process must be followed.
These ordinances do not apply to properties located outside of the Beverly Hills City limits.
Trousdale View Restoration Guidelines
Below is a link to the Trousdale View Restoration Guidelines which assist Trousdale property owners in understanding and using the Trousdale View Restoration Ordinance. The Guidelines provide a step-by-step guide to the view restoration process adopted in the City's ordinance.
The Guidelines reference sections of the Trousdale View Restoration Ordinance which is part of the Beverly Hills Municipal Code (BHMC), Section 10-8-100, and available online at the City's website. A copy of the Trousdale View Restoration Ordinance is the first attachment to the Guidelines.
Click on the link below to view the Trousdale View Restoration Guidelines:
City staff is available to assist in efforts related to Trousdale View Restoration. For initial questions regarding Trousdale View Restoration, please contact Code Enforcement at 310-285-1119.