Area Near Airport Is the City’s Fastest Growing

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
A triangular slice of Burbank saw the quickest rate of population growth in the city from 2010 to 2020, according to census data.
The tract, whose U.S. Census Bureau-assigned number is 3105.01, is adjacent to the east side of the Hollywood Burbank Airport and bounded by San Fernando Boulevard to the north, Victory Place near the eastern end of the Empire Center, and Hollywood Way and Empire Avenue to the southwest. From 2010 to 2020, the tract saw a population increase from 3,205 to 3,788 residents, an 18.2% rise.
The next-highest population increase by percentage for a Burbank tract was 11.3%, for an area roughly between Eton Drive, East Grinnell Drive, East Sixth Street and San Fernando Boulevard.
The airport-adjacent tract also hosted the largest jump, by both percentage and absolute number, in housing units. The 3105.01 tract had an estimated 1,144 units in 2010 and 1,496 in 2020, Census Bureau data says — growth of about 30.8%. Continue reading “Area Near Airport Is the City’s Fastest Growing”

City Seeks to Speed Approval for Building Plans

Burbank’s Community Development Department is looking to hire a number of workers who its leader believes could cut in half the amount of time needed to check building plans — mainly for residential projects — and issue permits.

The City Council added about $1.5 million to the CDD’s budget this fiscal year, which began July 1, to pay for roughly a dozen new employees and consultant services. Several of those workers, once assigned, will work on matters relating to local development, and according to CDD Director Patrick Prescott will greatly alleviate the strain on the department’s planners, as will changes to local development policy.

Prescott estimates that the department will hire its new workers in about a year, though he hopes to fill the roles sooner. The CDD has needed the extra staff, he added, for about half a decade.

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