By City News Service
The Los Angeles City Council tentatively agreed Wednesday to lift a decade-long prohibition on murals adorning privately owned buildings in the city.
The measure, which still must come back for final council approval, would restrict murals on single-family residences, but the council requested a report on methods for allowing communities to "opt-in" and allow murals on homes.
The ordinance defines murals as non-commercial works of art, distinguishing them from signs and advertisements for goods and services, which are subject to different rules.
City attorneys presented the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee last month with two versions of the ordinance -- one that would allow and one that would prohibit murals on single-family homes.
The committee, however, could not come up with any recommendations on the issue.
Division over the issue led to the consideration of the so-called "opt- in" process for individual neighborhoods.
Councilman Jose Huizar, who chairs the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, said the final ordinance would help restore Los Angeles' reputation as the "mural capital of the world."