Archive for April, 2009

Community Plan Updates

April 30th, 2009

All of the City Community Plans are scheduled to be updated. The original schedule would have provided for all of the City Plans to complete the process by 2017. Budget and staffing constraints are already impacting this schedule. At present the following are moving forward with the additional plan updates to follow as budgeting will allow.

Boyle Heights
Granada Hills
San Pedro
West Adams
South Los Angeles
Southeast Los Angeles
Central City
West Los Angeles
Central City North

Are you prepared? Save Saturday, May 9th for the PlanCheckNC Program on the General Plan Framework and Community Plans. Where is your community on the schedule? How do the General Plan and Community Plans relate to your community? How do they implement your community vision? What tools are available to insure your community vision is realized now and for the future?

Sign Ordinance

April 30th, 2009

The Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee of the City Council will not be meeting next Tuesday, May 5th. PLUM will further consider the proposed new sign ordinance on Tuesday, May 12th. A Planning Department report to PLUM will be released shortly. When the report has been released, all neighborhood councils will be notified.


Alan Bell, AICP
Senior City Planner
Office of Zoning Administration
Department of City Planning
(213) 978-1322
(213) 978-1334 fax

Citywide Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Conference

April 29th, 2009

The Department of City Planning is partnering with the Los Angeles Conservancy for the eighth straight year to organize the citywide Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) Conference on Saturday, May 30, 2009, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Angelica Lutheran Church, 1345 S. Burlington Ave., in the Pico Union HPOZ.

This special event will be focused on the City’s historic districts, the 24 HPOZs. In the past, the conference has been largely a training session for HPOZ Board members. But this year, the intent is to build broader awareness and understanding of the HPOZ program by inviting any and all who are interested in historic preservation.

The program will include a stimulating day of workshops, tours, and networking, including:

* The first HPOZ Awards Luncheon, honoring outstanding projects within the City’s 24 HPOZs.
* Pico Union Walking Tours, including the Alvarado Terrace National Register District
* A hands-on workshop on window repair
* Breakout sessions to include: Introduction on the basics of HPOZs for homeowners and residents
Advice for new and proposed HPOZ’s
Advanced sessions for current HPOZ Board Members

The cost for the conference is $20, which includes continental breakfast and lunch.
To register, please visit or contact Flora Chou at or (213) 430-4211 by May 16, 2009.

Ken Bernstein
Office of Historic Resources
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
City Hall 200 N. Spring Street, Room 620
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel. (213) 978-0195
Fax (213) 978-0017

Taxi Parking in Residential Areas

April 28th, 2009

This is to inform you that this item will not be heard at the May 6 Special Meeting of the Transportation Committee. This will give you more time to schedule discussion of this proposal by your NC and/or your Transportation Subcommittee.

The next regular meeting of the Transportation Committee is scheduled for May 13; this item may appear on the May 13 agenda. I will let you know if this item will be considered by the Transportation Committee on May 13 as the agenda for that meeting takes shape.

Yours in public service,

Carolyn Jackson
Senior Management Analyst
Department of Transportation
Office of the General Manager

Proposal to allow Taxi Parking in Residential Areas

April 23rd, 2009

On Wednesday, April 22, 2009, the City Council’s Transportation Committee, comprised of Councilmembers Greuel (who serves as Chair), Parks, Alarcon, Rosendahl, and LaBonge, considered a Department of Transportation Report submitted to the Transportation Committee in response to a Motion introduced by Councilmembers Janice Hahn (Council District 15) and Bill Rosendahl (Council District 11) to exempt taxis from the restrictions placed on commercial vehicles relative to parking in residential areas. If adopted by the City Council, this proposal would allow any and all taxicabs to park in residential areas. It may also lead to other commercial vehicles being allowed to park in residential areas.The Department’s report is attached for your convenience.

You can view the Council File and all contents posted to date on:

The Transportation Committee has directed DOT to report back to the Committee in two weeks and to notify NC’s of the upcoming hearing. The Committee is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday, May 6 at a Special Meeting with time and location to be announced.

If your Neighborhood Council or you would like to comment on this proposal, please respond to this email no later than May 5.

Send comments to:
Carolyn Jackson
Senior Management Analyst
Department of Transportation
Office of the General Manager


April 16th, 2009

To All Neighborhood Councils:

The City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) will be holding a public hearing on the proposed new sign ordinance, as follows:

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Time: 2 pm
Place: City Hall, Room 350

The City Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed new sign ordinance on March 26, 2009. Please check our website at for more information about the sign ordinance.


Alan Bell, AICP
Senior City Planner
Office of Zoning Administration
Department of City Planning
(213) 978-1322
(213) 978-1334 fax

LAX Notice of Preparation of DEIR

April 16th, 2009


LEAD AGENCY: Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
SUBJECT: Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report
PROJECT TITLE: Los Angeles International Airport Central Utility Plant (CUP) Replacement Project
PROJECT LOCATION: Los Angeles International Airport in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposed project provides for the replacement of the existing Central Utility Plant (CUP) and associated infrastructure and facilities. The existing CUP provides heating and air conditioning to the LAX Central Terminal Area (CTA), and also includes a cogeneration facility that uses steam from the boiler system to drive an electricity generator, with the resultant power transmitted into the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) grid. The CUP, which was constructed in 1961, and the cogeneration facility, brought into service in 1985, are considered to be obsolete and inefficient relative to current technology, require substantial maintenance, and do not meet the current needs of LAX. Included as part of the LAX CUP Replacement Project are the following components: (1) construction of a new central utility plant and maintenance shop building, including potentially a new co-generation system, adjacent to the site of the existing CUP; (2) replacement of existing cooling towers; (3) site electrical upgrades to include a new electrical substation and existing LADWP substation retrofit; (4) potential construction of a thermal energy storage (TES) tank at the site of the existing CUP; (5) replacement of the approximately 18 miles of existing direct-buried chilled water and high temperature hot water service lines in the CTA; (6) demolition of the existing CUP, and an existing electrical substation located within the footprint of the new CUP, (7) potential installation of pipelines connecting an associated existing LADWP recycled/reclaimed water pipeline to the CUP and a recycled/reclaimed water treatment system, and (8) possible use of an existing natural gas pipeline for biogas. Potential significant environmental effects that may result from the proposed project include traffic/parking during project construction, air quality (including consideration of green house gases), human health risk, and cumulative construction impacts.
With the exception of the recycled/reclaimed water pipelines and treatment system that may be constructed to the north of the airport on LAX property and replacement of pipeline throughout the CTA, the proposed improvements that comprise the LAX CUP Replacement Project would occur in the CTA between the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and parking structures P-2, P-2A, P-5 and P-6.

The NOP is available online at under the tab “Projects-Publications” by selecting “Central Utility Plant (CUP) Replacement Project”. It is also available at the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. For more information, or to request a copy, please call LAWA at (424) 646-7690. Responses to the NOP should be sent at the earliest possible date and must be received by LAWA no later than Monday May 11, 2009. Responses should be sent to Mr. Dennis Quilliam, City Planner, at the address below or via email to

City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports
7301 World Way West, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Si desea esta información en español, visite o llame at (424) 646-7690

Mid-Corridor Expo Light Rail Line Open House

April 16th, 2009

There will be a Project Status Update Open House for the Downtown and Mid-Corridor areas of the Expo Light Rail Line on April 23, 2009. At this meeting we will make presentations on Phase 1 Project Overview and a Construction Status Update. The update includes information on the construction of the trench, track bed and the La Brea bridge, Expo right-of-way excavation and traffic advisories.

Please join us:

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Holman United Methodist Church
White Hall Room
3320 W. Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90018
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(On-site free parking is available)

Please click here to view the complete invitation.

Have a good day.

Greg Starosky
Government/Community Relations Representative
Exposition Construction Authority

Comprehensive Revisions to Citywide Sign Ordinance Approved

April 8th, 2009

On March 26, 2009, the City Planning Commission approved comprehensive revisions to the citywide sign ordinance.

The draft ordinance must next be heard by the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee. No date for PLUM to consider the draft ordinance has been set. When we have a firm date, we’ll let you know.

The document is available in the Planning Department web site under Proposed Ordinances. Here is the direct link:

Planning Department Contact:

Alan Bell, AICP, Senior City Planner
Office of Zoning Administration
Department of City Planning
(213) 978-1322
(213) 978-1334 fax

We will not be having a PlanCheckNC Forum in April

April 4th, 2009

The next PlanCheckNC Program will be on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

The May Program will focus on the General Plan Framework and Community Plans.

PlanCheckNC meets on the second Saturday of each month at the

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

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