Archive for March, 2010

Code Amendments – Notice of Public Hearings

March 25th, 2010

Greetings All,
**Please note that this is a courtesy notification of the upcoming Public Hearings.  Feel free to forward this email or attached file to anyone you feel might be interested.**
The City of Los Angeles will conduct an Open House and Public Hearing regarding proposed Code Amendments affecting single-family residential hillside neighborhoods.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Marvin Braude Building
6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 1A and 1B
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Open House: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Public Hearing: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Hollywood United Methodist Church, Parlor Room
6817 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Note: There is limited parking on-site, and additional pay parking is available at the Hollywood & Highland complex.
Open House: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Public Hearing: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
The proposed project includes amendments to the Los Angeles Municipal Code to establish new regulations for single-family zoned properties which are designated as Hillside Area.  The amendments would result in: a reduction to the existing Floor Area Ratio (FAR); amendments to the existing Single-Family Residential Floor Area definition; changes to the height limits and how they are calculated; creation of new grading regulations; creation of a Hillside Standards Overlay District that would allow individual neighborhoods to adjust the baseline limits to better fit their community’s character and scale; and establish or revise discretionary review processes for projects that deviate from the proposed FAR, height, and grading regulations.
If adopted, the proposed ordinance would affect all lots zoned single-family residential (R1, RS, RE9, RE11, RE15, RE20, RE40, and RA), which are designated Hillside Area.  For properties located in a Specific Plan area or a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, the more restrictive requirements would prevail.
Before each hearing an Open House session will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm where you will have the opportunity to review handouts that explain the specific proposal in detail.  The Hearing will begin at 6:30 pm, following the Open House, and will be conducted by a Hearing Officer.  The Hearing Officer will consider all testimony presented to the City at that time and any written communications received prior to the hearing.  Written communications should reference Case Number CPC-2010-0581-CA.  The Hearing Officer will subsequently prepare a report, including a recommendation, which will be considered by the City Planning Commission.  Written communications should be addressed to: Erick Lopez, City Planning Department, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 621, Los Angeles, CA 90012, and should include City Planning Case NumberCPC-2010-0581-CA.  If you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described here, or in written correspondence on the matter delivered to this agency at or prior to the public hearing.
If you have any questions, please contact Erick Lopez at or (213) 978-1243, or Jennifer Driver at or (818) 374-5034.
As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of
disability. The hearing facility and its parking are wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or other services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request no later than three working days (72 hours) prior to the hearing by calling the above number.
Traductores u otro tipo de servicio puede ser proveído si se solicita. Para asegurar que este tipo de servicio sea disponible, favor de solicitarlos por lo menos 3 días (72 horas) antes de la audiencia llamando al teléfono mencionado.
THE PROPOSED BASELINE HILLSIDE ORDINANCE, WHICH IS INCORPORATING MANY OF THE COMMENTS MADE AT THE WORKSHOPS, IS CURRENTLY BEING FINALIZED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF THE WEEK.  We wanted to send out this email to give everyone a chance to add these public hearings to their schedules.  A separate email will be sent with an attached copy or a link to where it can be downloaded.  Thank you for your patience.
If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type “Add Me To Hillside Notification List” in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your ZIP Code).
Facebook™ Users: Look for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance page; add the page and receive updates in your news feed.  You can also view our events calendar and participate in discussion boards.
As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver or at (818) 374-5034.
Thank you for your attention.

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

Citywide Reform of L.A. Cell Tower Regulations

March 25th, 2010

From: Chris Spitz

Pacific Palisades Residents AssociationP.O. Box 617
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

To Downtown LA NC
Dear Mr. Brown, Mr. Doizaki and Ms. Berman:

I am vice president of Pacific Palisades Residents Association (PPRA) and a member of Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC).  We have been investigating issues involving cell tower proliferation and regulation in Los Angeles for over a year.

I am writing to give you an update on the significant and growing city-wide movement to effect comprehensive reform of Los Angeles’ cell tower regulations — not to ban all cell towers/antennas, but to provide for proper planning, community input in siting decisions and greater protection for residential areas.

To date, 35 NCs and other organizations have passed resolutions or written letters expressing concerns about cell tower/antenna regulation, primarily arising out of proliferation in residential areas of Los Angeles (see attached).

We realize that DLANC has fewer residential neighborhoods than other communities, but this issue may still have an impact in terms of cell tower placement in historic preservation areas as well as in the growing mixed use and residential areas in downtown LA.

At a meeting of Greater Wilshire NC last week (where residents are concerned about the installation of antennas on historic apartment buildings), a representative of T-Mobile confirmed publicly that telecoms are now going into residential and mixed-use areas in a big way — including on private property and in the public right of way — to installmany more towers and antennas (an unknown number of which are being installed, due to loopholes in the law, in front of homes and apartment buildings without notice or regulation). And this week, the Board of PICO NC voted unanimously in favor of requesting a comprehensive new ordinance and temporary moratorium.

Several councilmembers also have concerns about this issue and two motions are now pending in Council committees seeking answers from the city attorney as to the effect of recent court rulings and/or agreements on the city’s ability to regulate these structures.

We hope the attached materials (which have been distributed to NCs where we have been giving presentations) will be of interest, and that DLANC might consider joining the effort.  In light of recent developments, we know that no neighborhood is immune, whether historic or part of a Community or Specific Plan — particularly in regard tounregulated towers in the public right of way. I would be more than happy to attend either a Committee meeting or an upcoming Board meeting to offer further information and explanation.

Thank you so much for your consideration and attention to this important matter.  I look forward to hearing from you!


Christina Spitz
Member, PPCC

Hillside Ordinance will be effective 5-3-2010

March 24th, 2010

Greetings Everyone:

The Hillside Area Ordinance (the definition and map, NOT the Baseline Hillside Ordinance) has been signed by the Mayor’s Office and will become effective on Monday, May 3, 2010; it is Ordinance No. 181,128.

Just to clarify for all, any property zoned R1, RS, RE, or RA which is having the Hillside Area designation removed will be subject to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance beginning on May 3, 2010. Any property zoned R1, RS, RE, or RA maintaining its Hillside Area designation will be subject to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance which is currently being developed and undergoing a series of public hearings.

Pursuant to Section 12.26 A.3 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, any project which is accepted by the Department of Building and Safety for plan check with a complete set of plans and for which the fees have been paid prior to May 3, 2010 (essentially, you have until Friday, April 30, 2010) will be considered to be a Vested Development Plan; meaning that the applicable regulations in place prior to this change will continue to apply. However, there are some limitations to this provision that you should be aware of, but the more relevant ones are that you have 18 months after the fee is paid, and that you cannot make changes to those plans which increase or decrease the height, floor area, or occupant load of the proposed structure by more than 5%. Feel free to reference our online Municipal Code for more details (; go to Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 12.26, Subsection A, Subdivision 3.

To download a copy of the Hillside Area Ordinance:

To download a copy of the Department of City Planning Hillside Area Map (dated September 23, 2009) please go to the following link:

To access the rest of the City Clerk’s records for this case please click go to the following link:
As always, if you have any questions please do not 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


March 20th, 2010

TThe Truck Gardening ordinance [CPC-2010-0445-CA; CEQA: ENV-2010-0446-CE] will be presented at the Regular Meeting of the City Planning Commission on THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010, 8:30 A.M. at VAN NUYS CITY HALL, COUNCIL CHAMBER, 2ND FLOOR, 14410 SYLVAN STREET, VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA 91401

The proposed ordinance amending Sections 12.03, 12.04.09, 12.05, 12.06, 12.07, 12.07.01, 12.07.1, 12.08, 12.09.3 and 12.17.5 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to clarify permitted truck gardening and farming uses in each zone, and create consistency between home occupation conditions and standards and truck gardening operations.

Requested Actions:

1. Adopt the staff report as the Commission’s report on the subject.

2. Adopt the associated findings.

3. Consider the General Exemption as the CEQA clearance on subject ENV-2010-0446-CE.

4. Approve the proposed ordinance and recommend its adoption by the City Council.

Applicant: City of Los Angeles

Staff: Alan Bell (213) 978-1318

This ordinance was presented and discussed at the March 10, 2010, PlanCheckNC Workshop. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available on the Planning Department website or send an email request for the file information to