A new proposed development of 32 condiminium units on 2.7 acres was brought before the La Mirada City Council. The item brought forth good debate amount the members of council and for good reason as this would likely set council policy on housing going forward. The debate was framed around the question of whether or not high density developments were good for La Mirada. Several issues arose including traffic, city services, noise, overall congestion, and whether the city needs additional high density housing.
The meeting prior the council had voted to table the issue until their next meeting to allow staff time to answer numerous questions that had been brought up. Ultimately the vote went 4-1 with Andrew Sarega as the lone dissenting vote. At stake was more than simply another development, but rather how the city would handle future developments involving high density housing. Seeing as how most of the city is single family homes, how would these types of development impact the city going forward. Would it lose its prized "small town" feel by creating a congested urban type lifestyle or would it simply be a one time deal? Time will tell, however, with the California legislature imposing more and more housing requirements on cities it is hard to believe this congested urban reality will not come to pass.