Archive for March, 2009

Hillside Ordinance on March 26 City Planning Agenda

March 26th, 2009


The Hillside Area Definition and Proposed Hillside Area Map (CPC-2008-4683-CA) will be on the March 26, 2009 City Planning Commission Meeting – TOMORROW (item number 8). If you want to be sure to catch this item, you should show up at the beginning of the meeting as the Commission retains the right to take items out of order. The meeting will start at 8:30 AM (CORRECTED TIME), and will be held at:

Van Nuys City Hall
City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor
14410 Sylvan St.
Van Nuys, CA 91401

(Google Maps Link (,+Van+Nuys,+CA+91401&sll=34.054005,-118.243446&sspn=0.006818,0.009613&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17&iwloc=addr ))

In order to clarify some misunderstandings, this proposal is intended to remove the Hillside Area designation from properties which are not located on a hillside, and to better identify where the City’s true hillsides are located. It is important to note that the proposal will not change the current hillside regulations, but only changes where they are applied based on topography. If your property is not having the Hillside Area designation removed, this action should not affect you; please verify this using the Current and Proposed Hillside Area Boundary Map (Zoomable Parcel-Specific Version) ( ).

If you have any questions regarding this item, I will be at the meeting all morning and will try to answer as many of them as I can.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can also listen to the City Planning Commission meeting over a touch-tone phone by calling CouncilPhone at (213) 621-CITY, (310) 547-CITY, (310) 471-CITY, or at (818) 904-9450. If you have any comments you would like to be added to the record you can always submit written comments to Commission Secretariat, 200 N. Spring St., Room 272, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The staff report and other related documents are still available on our Department website ( To download these files, please go to our home page and click on “Plans & Ordinances” on the left side, then click on “Proposed Ordinances”; or click on the direct-links provided below:
CPC-2008-4683-CA – March 24, 2009 City Planning Commission Staff Report ( )
CPC-2008-4684-ND – Negative Declaration ( )
Current and Proposed Hillside Area Boundary Map (Zoomable Parcel-Specific Version) ( )
Note: The file linked above is large and may take some extra time to download. The map contains parcel lines for the entire city in order to allow the general public to zoom into their neighborhoods and determine whether their property will remain within the proposed Hillside Area boundaries, or if the designation is proposed for removal. Instructions for how to use this map more effectively can be found on the link below.
Instructions for Citywide Current and Proposed Hillside Area Boundary Map ( )
Proposed Hillside Area Boundaries Only (as of March 2009) ( )
Current Hillside Area Boundaries Only (as of March 2009) ( )

If you received this email you are a part of the Hillside Project interest list, and will receive updates and information whenever it becomes available to the public. However, the list will remain open to any other individuals who would like to be added in the future; please tell anyone interested in being added to can contact me. Finally, don’t hesitate to forward this email to anyone you think might be interests.
Erick Lopez
City Planner
Department of City Planning
Community Planning Bureau – West Coastal Division
200 N. Spring St., Room 621
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1243
(213) 978-1226 – fax

Final Report on compliance with developer conditions

March 26th, 2009

Controller Laura Chick has released the Final Report on compliance with developer conditions. In addition to raising important issues regarding how the City ensures that developer conditions are met, this report provides a good overview of the City process. It is good background reading for all stakeholders concerned with planning and land use issues.

You may go directly to the report using the link


You may go to Controller Laura Chick’s web site address ( and access the report by using the “audits button.” This will also get you to other audits completed by the Controler.

April 4 Citywide Kickoff Event for SurveyLA

March 23rd, 2009

The Office of Historic Resources announces the Citywide Kickoff Event for SurveyLA on April 4

Note that even if you are not currently an area targeted to begin the survey, your community may want to begin discussions to be prepared to be an active participant in the process.


The Office of Historic Resources hopes that you’ll help us spread the word about this exciting event by forwarding the message below to your own email contact lists, for the New Community Plan program, Certified Neighborhood Councils, and neighborhood and business organizations, as well as to other friends and colleagues who may be interested. We would especially appreciate your help in reaching community members in the 11 Community Plan Areas that will be surveyed in the first year of SurveyLA’s citywide rollout, scheduled to begin this summer: West Los Angeles, Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey , South Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles, San Pedro, Harbor Gateway, Wilmington-Harbor City, Central City North, Sunland-Tujunga, West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park, and Hollywood.

Thanks for your assistance.

Ken Bernstein

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Come to “MYhistoricLA” on April 4 at Central Library
Please join us on Saturday, April 4, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the historic Los Angeles Central Library, for “MYhistoricLA,” a special citywide kickoff celebration of SurveyLA, Los Angeles’ first-ever comprehensive survey of its historic resources. We hope you’ll help us spread the word by passing this message along to friends and to other local community organizations.
From 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., join Larry Mantle , KPCC-FM’s host of Air Talk, for a lively panel with City officials, preservationists, community organizers and developers discussing the key issues surrounding Los Angeles’ citywide survey. (Panel seating is limited. Reservations recommended: ( ))
While Los Angeles has a rich and diverse cultural heritage and a remarkable architectural legacy, 85% of the city has never been surveyed to identify these significant historic places. Historic preservation professionals conducting the survey cannot know all of the potential historic resources throughout the city – and that’s why we need your help. We want to know your special story about a local building or the neighborhood you live in.
Join like-minded amateur historians and Los Angeles aficionados for the public launch of SurveyLA and share your knowledge of L.A.’s hidden gems. Other activities will include:
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
* Tell us about a lesser-known place that you consider particularly important to your neighborhood or the entire city – YOUR Historic L.A.
* Participate in an interactive display demonstrating how the survey teams will identify historic sites, and how they will use the information you’re providing.
* Learn how you can bring “MYHistoricLA” to your own neighborhood.
* Sign up to become a SurveyLA volunteer.
* Register to receive regular updates as SurveyLA progresses throughout Los Angeles.

11:00 and 11:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.:
* Enjoy screenings of the award-winning video SurveyLA: Preserving Los Angeles.
For more information on SurveyLA and Los Angeles’ first-ever citywide historic resources survey, please visit ( )
Directions and Parking: The library is located at 630 West 5th Street, at 5th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. Take the Metro Rail Red Line to the Pershing Square station and walk west down 5th Street to the Library. Parking is available at the 524 S. Flower St. Garage ($1 all day during library hours with Library Card validation).

Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, The Getty Conservation Institute, and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Contact Information
Ken Bernstein
Office of Historic Resources, Department of City Planning 200 N. Spring Street Room 620 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 978-1200
Fax: (213) 978-0017
Website: ( )

PlanCheckNC Educational Program on Transportation

March 12th, 2009

REMINDER for PlanCheckNC


Date: Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

Historic Downtown Outreach Center
114 W 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

For additional information on the Program contact Russell Brown at

Check our calendar for a link to a map. Also be sure to check our Bulletin Board “In the News” for more information on Planning and Land Use. .

Mark your calendars for coming PlanCheckNC Events
April 11, 2009 Issues Forum on current issues in planning and land use
May 9, 2009 Education Program : The General Plan Framework & Community Plans

For questions about PlanCheckNC contact Maggi Fajnor at To receive notices about PlanCheckNC programs and events email: sign up on our website or contact Cindy Cleghorn at


March 11th, 2009

The City of Los Angeles Planning Department invites you to a Public Workshop concerning proposed Code Amendments to create three new Zoning tools. The potential new zoning tools will be introduced and explained, with a chance for questions, answers, and feedback.

The workshop will be held:

March 19, 2009, 5-7 PM

Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010
200 N. Spring Street, 90012

The proposed tools are concerned primarily with creating opportunities to improve the City’s commercial corridors. If the enabling language is adopted, the tools would not change any existing Zoning on parcels in the City. The new tools under consideration will enable tailored development standards designed to fit individual community needs. This workshop will explore the addition of these types of tools to the Zoning Code. The actual implementation of these tools will occur when a Community Plan is updated or as part of other neighborhood study, with community input.

Community Plan Implementation Overlay District (CPC-2009-437-CA): The purpose of this tool is to implement supplemental development standards tailored to each Community Plan area in order to ensure that development implements Community Plan policies and enhances the unique architectural, environmental, and cultural qualities of each Community Plan Area while maintaining compatibility in scale, intensity, and density.

Ground Floor Commercial (CPC-2009-439-CA): The purpose of this tool is to create a tool that will prohibit 100% residential uses on the ground floor, thereby ensuring that targeted parcels retain a commercial component.

Pedestrian Street Design (CPC-2009-441-CA): The purpose of the tool is to provide regulations governing the building orientation and visual aesthetics of development projects to promote good urban design, a built form that is compatible with high levels of pedestrian use, and promote walkable neighborhoods.

There is no proposal to implement these tools at this time in a specific location; this workshop is only to provide an overview of the tools themselves. The goal of the public workshop is to share ideas and explain what types of development standards could be implemented through these three tools, and to listen to input from a range of stakeholders.

For more information contact:
Jon Tanury:
Christopher Koontz:
Jason Chan:

Please share with interested stakeholders.