Archive for September, 2009

LA City Planning Early Notification Report

September 29th, 2009

NOTIFICATION OF NEW ENTITLEMENT APPLICATIONS – EARLY NOTIFICATION REPORT

To: Certified Neighborhood Council Board Members

From: Iris Fagar-Awakuni, Neighborhood Council Liaison

Subject: Planning Department Early Notification Report

Attached is the Planning Department’s bi-weekly Early Notification Report for Certified Neighborhood Councils. The purpose of this report is to provide Neighborhood Councils with the earliest possible information about all applications for planning entitlements that have been filed in your neighborhood, even though not all applications are complete and some cases may eventually be withdrawn. Included in the report is contact information about the applicant so your Neighborhood Council can obtain more information about the project very early in the process. You will see that the report is provided in PDF and Excel formats.

The information in the report is sorted by Neighborhood Council. If your Neighborhood Council is not listed, no new applications for planning entitlements were filed in your area during the past two weeks.

We have expanded the scope of our Early Notification Report and are now sending it to ALL Certified Neighborhood Council board members for whom the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) has an e-mail address. The Planning Department will continue to use the DONE database for these reports, as it provides us with the most accurate and up-to-date information and allows us to make sure that all board members can have access to this information. We strongly suggest that your Neighborhood Council keep your DONE Project Coordinator informed about any changes so that you continue to receive our notifications. Furthermore, if any of your board members spam-protect their e-mail accounts, please ask them to open their e-mail addresses to receive e-mails from the City.

The Planning Department requires that an official notice be sent by U.S. mail to the appropriate Certified Neighborhood Council for each public hearing on a case. In order to ensure that your Certified Neighborhood Council receives a mailed notice, please make sure that your Neighborhood Council provides DONE with the one contact name and address that should receive the Planning Department official notices.

http://cityplanning.lacity.org/CNCRpts/dsp_viewFileDetail.cfm?filename=163

Bicycle Plan Draft released for Public Review & Comment

September 24th, 2009

The Department of Planning is pleased to announce the availability of the complete Bicycle Plan draft for public review and comments. The Bicycle Plan draft includes the bikeway maps released to the public in May, as well the plan text and appendices. They are posted on the LA Bike Plan website (www.labikeplan.org).

Comments will be accepted through November 6, which will be addressed in a final draft that will be the subject of public hearings at a later date. All comments or questions should be directed to Jordann Turner via email: jordann.turner@lacity.org or via phone: (213) 978-1379.

Additional information on location of copies for review and location of the four scheduled workshops is given below.

The proposed draft Bicycle Plan is a comprehensive update of the current Bicycle Plan first adopted in 1996 and re-adopted by the City Council in 2007. The draft Bicycle Plan proposes approximately 696 miles of new bikeways and new policies related to implementation, education, enforcement, engineering, parking, transit integration, maintenance and evaluation. The draft 2009 Bicycle Plan is available for download on the project website [www.labikepla.n.org].
Printed copies of the Draft Bicycle Plan will be available for public review at the locations listed below. At public libraries, please request copies from the Reference Desk:

Department of City Planning Offices: City Hall
200 North Spring Street, Room 721 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suites 251, 351, 430 Van Nuys, CA 91401

Central Library and Regional Branch Libraries:
· Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
· Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library ,6145 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042
· Exposition Parkµ Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch, 3900 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062
· Frances Howard Goldwyn Regional Branch Library, 1623 N. Ivar Avenue, Hollywood 90028
· Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library , 16244 Nordhoff Street, North Hills 91343
· North Hollywood Regional Branch Library, 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood 91601
· San Pedro Regional Branch Library, 931 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro 90731
· West Los Angeles Regional Branch Library, 11360 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025
· West Valley Regional Branch Library, 19036 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91335


Public workshops will. be held at the following dates, times and locations to provide members of the public opportunity to comment on the draft Bicycle Plan:

Harbor Area
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Location: Peck Park
Address: 560 North Western Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732
Time: 5pm–7pm

Central/South Los Angeles
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Location: Exposition Park – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library Address: 3900 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062
Time: 10am-12pm

San Fernando Valley
Date: Monday, October 26, 2009
Location: Marvin Braude-San Fernando Valley Constituent Services Center, Conference Room 1B
Address: 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

West Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday October 28, 2009
Location: Felicia Mahood Multi Purpose Center
Address: 11338 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90037 Time: 5:OOpm-7:OOpm

In addition to the four public workshops, opportunities for presentations to neighborhood councils, community organizations and advocacy groups are available. However due to the City’s financial situation all requests may not be fulfilled. If you are interested, please contact the project manager via e-mail: Jordann.Turner@lacity.org or project telephone information line: 213-978-1379.

Subsequently, public comments and testimony will be addressed in the staff report transmitting the proposed 2009 Bicycle Plan to the City Planning Commission for its consideration and to the City Council for adoption at a later date.

Comments should be submitted on or before November 6, 2009 and all comments received will be part of the public record and constitute an integral part of the public testimony made on the proposed Bicycle Plan.
Comments may be submitted through the project website, via e-mail or regular mail in any of the following manners:
1. through the project website [www.labieplan.org,
2. via email [
jordann.mrner@lacity.org]; or
3. via mail to:

City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning
Attn: Jordann Turner
200 N. Spring Street, Room 721
Los Angeles CA 90012

City Council passed Hilside Area Definition & Map Ordinance

September 23rd, 2009

This email is to inform you that the City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Hillside Area Definition & Map Ordinance today: 14 Yes, 0 No, and 1 Absent. The two changes that our Department had agreed to make at the June 16, 2009 Planning & Land Use Management Committee meeting were also included as part of the action.

As a result of the 14 Yes votes, a second reading is not needed. The Ordinance will now go to the Mayor’s Office for his approval. If approved by the Mayor, the Ordinance will be posted by the City Clerk’s Office for 10 days and become effective after a mandatory 30-day period. As soon as I receive an official effective date, I will pass on the information to those individuals on this interest list. I will also work with our staff to have the adopted version of the map made available for download on our Department website.

This new Hillside Area definition and map will better reflect the true hillsides throughout the City of Los Angeles. It will provide the protections of the provisions established by the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance for the roughly 51,000 residential lots which are not truly hillside. More importantly, it will leave only the true hillside lots to be addressed by the Baseline Hillside Ordinance. I would also like to reaffirm our pledged to review any proposals for future changes to the new Hillside Area Map during the upcoming outreach efforts, when sufficient evidence is presented.

I want to take the opportunity to thank all of those who have provided input and attended the public meetings for this particular project. Also, now that we have completed this step I can now say that my attention will now be focused almost entirely on the Baseline Hillside Ordinance, and will also involve significant contributions from a team of planners which will help deal with various aspects of hillside development. We look forward to working with you all during the various meetings we have planned for the final part of this revamping of the City’s single-family regulations.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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
erick.lopez@lacity.org

HILLSIDE AREA DEFINITION & MAP BEFORE CITY COUNCIL TOMORROW

September 22nd, 2009

I have just learned this morning that the Hillside Area Definition & Map (CPC-2008-4683-CA) will be on the City Council Agenda for tomorrow’s meeting (Item 12), Wednesday, September 23.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be located in:

John Ferraro Council Chamber
200 N. Spring St., Room 340
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can also listen to it over a touch-tone phone by calling CouncilPhone at (213) 621-CITY, (310) 547-CITY, (310) 471-CITY, or at (818) 904-9450. You can also watch the meeting on Channel 35 (where available) or online at http://www.lacityview.org/.

If approved by the City Council, and a second reading is not needed, the Ordinance will the go to the Mayor’s Office for his approval. If approved by the Mayor, the Ordinance will be posted by the City Clerk’s Office for 10 days and become effective after a mandatory 30-day period.

You can track the progress of the case and download any available public documents at the LACityClerk Connect website (http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm). The Council File Number for the Hillside Area Amendment is 09-1390.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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
erick.lopez@lacity.org

PlanCheckNC on Saturday, September 12

September 9th, 2009
REMINDER for PlanCheckNC

Best Practices for Land Use and Planning Committees
Early Notification System, Proposed Project Packets and related issues

· Eva Yuan-McDaniel, Deputy Director, Planning Department
· Challis MacPherson, Chair, Land Use and Planning Committee, Venice Neighborhood Council

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Mark your calendars and watch for more information on future PlanCheckNC Programs

Saturday, October 10
Please join us at the CITYWIDE CONGRESS OF NEIGHBORHOODS

Saturday, November 14
Guest Speaker, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich

Saturday, December 12
Showcase Historic Downtown Los Angeles

Please share with interested stakeholders.

Maggi Fajnor Cindy Cleghorn
Chair Communications & Outreach Administrator

UPDATE–HILLSIDE ORDINANCE STATUS

September 9th, 2009

The Planning & Land Use Management Committee approved the Hillside Area Ordinance, the technical amendment which determines what is a hillside lot and what is not, yesterday and recommended to the City Council that they adopt the code revision and map. As a part of this approval, the Department of City Planning has pledged to review any proposals for future changes to the new Hillside Area Map, when sufficient evidence is presented, during the discussions and meetings for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance.

This was a crucial step, but the ordinance will now go to the City Attorney’s Office for their review and report to the City Council. The proposal will then go to the City Council for a vote; that date is currently undetermined. Should the City Council adopt it, the ordinance will then go to the Mayor’s Office for his approval. Once the Mayor has signed it, the ordinance will be posted by the City Clerk for a period of 10 days, at which point the changes will become effective after a mandatory 30-day delay.

BASELINE HILLSIDE ORDINANCE STATUS:
Staff has begun to develop conceptual language that should achieve the objectives that were derived from the public comments we received during the first half of the year. When completed, we will begin internal discussions on actual code changes, followed by meetings with architects and engineers, in order to ensure that the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance released for public review is as feasible as possible. Given all of the preliminary coordination being done, we hope to have something ready for public review and comment within the next 3 months or so.

As always, if you have any questions regarding this email or the project in general, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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
erick.lopez@lacity.org

UPDATE on HILLSIDE AREA AMENDMENT

September 4th, 2009

The following was received from Eric Lopez, Department of City Planning, regarding the Hillside Area Amendment

Greetings All:

I haven’t officially received the agenda yet, but I have reason to believe that the Hillside Area Amendment is still going to be on the September 8, 2009 Planning & Land Use Management Committee Meeting agenda. Since I will be out of the office tomorrow (on furlough) and City Hall is closed on Monday (Labor Day), I wanted to give you all an advance reminder about this meeting.

However, I do recommend that you verify this status tomorrow (when the agendas are typically released), or sometime during the weekend, whether this item is on the agenda or not. Please go to the Council Calendar website (http://lacity.org/lacity/YourGovernment/CityCouncil/CouncilCalendar/index.htm) and go to September 8. If you still have any questions about this meeting I will try to get back to you on Tuesday morning.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and will be located in:

Board of Public Works Edward R. Roybal Hearing Room
200 N. Spring St., Room 350
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can also listen to it over a touch-tone phone by calling CouncilPhone at (213) 621-CITY, (310) 547-CITY, (310) 471-CITY, or at (818) 904-9450.

If approved by PLUM, the next step will be a City Council vote on the proposed ordinance; that date has not been determined.

You can track the progress of the case and download any available public documents at the LACityClerk Connect website (http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm). The Council File Number for the Hillside Area Amendment is 09-1390.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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
erick.lopez@lacity.org