Archive for November, 2009

Bicycle Plan Update

November 26th, 2009

Thank you for your interest in the update of the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Plan. We’d like to share with you information about the next steps so that you can continue to participate in the development of the Plan.

City staff will take comments on the draft Bicycle Plan (which can be read on line at until January 8th, 2010. After January 8th, staff will begin to prepare a revised Plan (including the maps) based on all of the input that has been received through the website, at workshops, in letters, e-mails, and on comment cards. We anticipate releasing a staff report and a revised Draft Bicycle Plan in February 2010 and giving all interested parties two months to review the revised plan. We will then hold 2 public hearings on behalf of the City Planning Commission (one in the Valley and one near downtown) to hear your comments on the revised Plan.

Following the 2 hearings, the City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting in the spring to act on the revised plan. Staff will provide the Commission with information about the comments made at the two public hearings and any additional proposed modifications based on input received.

Following the City Planning Commission’s action, two City Council committees will act on the City Planning Commission’s recommendation for the Bicycle Plan: the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) and the Transportation Committee. Their recommendations will then be considered by the full City Council.

Please contact Jordann Turner at 213 978-1379 if you have any questions.

Jane Blumenfeld
Acting Deputy Director
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
213 978-1272

2010-2011 Action Plan Community Meetings

November 26th, 2009


The City of Los Angeles is soliciting community input on the programs and services to be funded through the 2010-2011 Action Plan. Approximately $136 million in federal funds are anticipated for the following Action Plan activities: public services, housing and related programs, neighborhood improvements, economic development, homelessness, and assistance to people living with AIDS. Community input will help identify priorities and community needs. Activities funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are to primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons, eliminate slum and blight, or meet an urgent need.

Community meetings have been scheduled at the following locations. All sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Spanish translation is available if requested at least 2 days prior to the meeting.

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 12 Noon
The Garland Building
1200 W. 7th Street, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 11:30 AM
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 1060
Los Angeles, Ca 90012

Mayor Villaraigosa’s letter on the 36th Program Year of the Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan – 3rd Year Action Plan is available online at:
Please contact the Community Development Department’s Planning Unit at (213)
744-7371 if you have any questions or to request Spanish translation. For those who cannot attend but still wish to participate – comments may be sent to:
City of Los Angeles
Community Development Department
Planning, Research, and Evaluation Division
1200 W. 7th Street, 6th Floor
Attn: Planning Unit

Additional Accessory Dwelling Units Workshops

November 22nd, 2009

Two additional Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) workshops have been scheduled for the early part of December. See time and locations below. The same information will be presented at each and it will also be the same Open House format where staff will be available during the workshop hours to answer your questions and hear your concerns.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 6 pm – 9 pm
Felicia Mahood Senior MPC
11338 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025

Saturday, December 5, 2009 10 am – 2 pm
Ross Snyder Recreation Center
1501 E. 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Please help get the word out to your neighbors and any other interested parties. Information is available on the Planning Department website: or you may contact

Gabriela Juarez
Department of City Planning
Code Studies Section
200 N Spring St, Room #763
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mailstop: 395
Ph: (213) 978-1337
Fax: (213) 978-1334

Accessory Dwelling Units and your community at PlanCheckNC

November 12th, 2009

The PlanCheckNC Program on Saturday, November 14 will include a discussion about the development of a City Ordinance regulating ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units). We will have the opportunity to discuss what is being considered and what it means for your community with a representative of the City Planning Department. This is an active issue that will establish the “by-right” regulations for ADUs. Now is the time for NCs review and comment. It will be too late once the ordinance is formalized and has been approved.

The City is in the process of responding to the provisions of AB 1866, Government Code §65852.150 et seq., which mandates ministerial processes for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in single family zones. That is the City Ordinance will provide the direction for implementing a State requirement. An Accessory Dwelling Unit, also called a granny flat, secondary dwelling unit, elder cottage housing opportunity (ECHO), or mother-daughter residence, is an apartment that can be located within the walls of a single-family home, an addition to an existing home, or a free-standing structure on the same lot.

In case you were not able to attend the workshops on this issue, the Workshop flyer, FAQs, Departmental Guidelines and the State Regulations are posted on the Planning Department Web site. This information may help you prepare for the discussion. Please share and discuss with your networks as well.

See you all on Saturday

Reminder for PlanCheckNC on Saturday, November 14

November 11th, 2009

Saturday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.

Land Use and Planning – Policies, Ordinances and Enforcement
Guest Speaker — City Attorney Carmen Trutanich

ADU (Accessory Dwelling Units)
The City is in the process of responding to the provisions of AB 1866, Government Code §65852.150 et seq., which mandates ministerial processes for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in single family zones. Discuss what is being considered and what this means for your community with a representative of the City Planning Department

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

Please share with interested stakeholders.

Maggi Fajnor Cindy Cleghorn
Chair Communications & Outreach Administrator

Update on Hillside Area Amendment

November 4th, 2009

Greetings All:

I just wanted to give you all a status update regarding the Hillside Area Amendment (not the Baseline Hillside Ordinance), in light of information which was recently brought to my attention.

Per the City Clerk’s preparation of the City Council’s Action on the Hillside Area Amendment (unanimously approving the proposal), the Ordinance is still needs to be prepared and signed by the City Attorney’s Office. It should essentially be the same action, just in their particular format. This is a step normally taken by the City Clerk’s Office after the Planning & Land Use Management Committee issues its recommendation and before the City Council makes a decision on a matter, but in this case was not done this way. Once that document is prepared, the Ordinance will move towards being in effect. At this time I do not have a specific effective date, but I can tell you that it should be approximately 45 days after this is addressed.

It is my understanding that this situation does not change the fact that the City Council has approved this amendment, but is only a formality that needs to be taken care of. When there is any further change in status, I will be sure to let you all know.


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