Views Left Unprotected in Palos Verdes Estates After Vote
Palos Verdes Estates, May 10th, 2019 – The Palos Verdes Homeowners Association today voted to significantly reduce the recourse that property owners in Palos Verdes Estates have to protect views from their homes.
The City of Palos Verdes Estates was purposely designed so that as many residents as possible could enjoy scenic views, and those views can account for at least 10-15% of a home's value. Unlike all of the other cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes Estates does not have a view protection ordinance. Views in Palos Verdes Estates are protected by the Palos Verdes Homes Association through enforcement of the deed restrictions and protective covenants.
Though you probably aren't aware, for some time now, the PVHA has been systematically reducing the view protection it provides to residents. On May 10, 2019, the Association voted to limit the availability of its view protection process only to those who live right next door to the view-obstructing tree owner’s property, and whose property lines touch. This means that scenic views obstructed by trees across the street or one property away will no longer be protected by PVHA.
Views that would not be protected now in PVE:
Because neither the state nor the City of Palos Verdes Estates has a view protection law or ordinance, residents have no recourse other than to the PVHA to protect their views. In fact, it is a requirement that residents utilize the PVHA's process before they can go to court. The latest decision of the Association is as short-sighted as it is counter-productive as bona fide view obstruction claims now have no recourse, and property values are undoubtedly negatively impacted.
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Concerned residents should tell their neighbors what is happening, write to the PVHA expressing opposition to this change, and attend the next PVHA board meeting on May 28th at 4pm at the PVHA's office at City Hall. Check the Association's calendar for changes: http://pvha.org/calendar/