Archive for May, 2010

Baseline Hillside Ordinance Approved by City Planning Commission

May 27th, 2010

Greetings All:

The City Planning Commission approved the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting today, and has recommended to the City Council that they adopt the hillside regulations as shown on Exhibit A of the May 27, 2010 Staff Report (http://planning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/BaselineHillsideOrd/CPC-2010-581-CA052710SRpt.pdf). We expect to have a Commission Determination Letter prepared for transmittal to the City Clerk by the end of next week.

The next step will be to take the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance provisions before the Planning & Land Use Management Committee (PLUM). PLUM is a Subcommittee of the City Council that reviews all planning related matters. The Department of City Planning does not have any control over the timing/scheduling of PLUM agendas, but will do everything it can to make sure that the City Clerk’s Office has everything it needs to be able to schedule this item.

We will send an email to the interest list when a date has been determined.

I just want to take the time to thank everyone for their participation and the input we have received up to this point. We will continue to be here if you have any further questions or concerns as we move on to the next steps. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver at jennifer.driver@lacity.org or at (818) 374-5034.

Feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

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 erick.lopez@lacity.org 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.

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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

Baseline Hillside Ordinance at CPC May 27

May 25th, 2010

Greetings All:

As promised there is a direct link to the May 27, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance: http://cityplanning.lacity.org/StaffRpt/InitialRpts/CPC-2010-581-CA-05272010.pdf

Please note that the Staff Report that was linked to the May 27 Agenda on Friday was the wrong one, but has now been corrected.

Reminder, the City Planning Commission meeting will start at 8:30 AM and will he located at:

Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber, 2nd Floor
14410 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(Google Maps)

There are only two cases on this agenda, and this project is first (Item No. 4). You can download the May 27, 2010 CPC Agenda by following this link: http://planning.lacity.org/MeetingsNHearings/dsp_viewFileDetail.cfm?filename=36291

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you should be able to 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.

The Commission has adopted rules regarding written submissions to ensure that it has reasonable and appropriate opportunity to review your materials. The mailing and email addresses, deadlines, page limits, and required numbers of copies for your advance submissions may be found at www.planning.lacity.org under “Forms and Instructions”. Day of hearing submissions (15 copies must be provided) are limited to 2 pages plus accompanying photographs, posters, and PowerPoint presentations of 5 minutes or less. Non-complying materials will NOT be distributed to the Commission. [Direct Link: http://planning.lacity.org/Forms_Procedures/CpcPolicy.pdf]

Feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

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 erick.lopez@lacity.org 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 at jennifer.driver@lacity.org 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
erick.lopez@lacity.org

Meeting Report for May 8, 2010

May 16th, 2010

Simplification of the Zoning Code
Guest Speakers.

Tom Rothmann, City Planning Department. Contact Information: Tom.Rothmann@lacity.org
Alan Bell, City Planning Department. Contact Information: Alan.Bell@lacity.org

Tom Rothmann and Alan Bell of the City Planning Department provided an update on the four-Phase Code Simplification Program that is presently underway. The goal is to complete this program in September 2010.

This streamlining of the Zoning Code has been undertaken to update the outdated Zoning Code now in use. Further, the simplification of the Code is seen as an opportunity to make the process more efficient. This is a particularly relevant issue as the City Planning Department staff has been reduced from approximately 400 to 240 employees. Further, the remaining staffers are being furloughed 10 per cent of the time.

The Projected Schedule for this Program will run from April through September 2010 as shown below:

The CPC/Approvals Phase Goal Dates as presented by the Planning Department are as follows:
June 2010. CPC Study Session Presentation – Overview of upcoming 6 ordinances.
July 2010. Multiple Entitlements/Approvals: Synchronize the expiration periods for projects with two or more discretionary land use approvals
Core Findings: Eliminate redundancy and update core findings to provide a better framework for analyzing the merits of proposed development projects
August 2010. Planned Unit Developments (PUDs): Provide opportunities for innovative, high quality master planned projects
1st Half of September 2010. Administrative Exceptions: Provide an abbreviated review process for minor deviations from the zoning code
Plan Approvals Process: Consolidate and make procedures for reviewing proposed modifications to existing projects clear and consistent
2nd Half of September 2010. Specific Plan/Supplemental Use District Streamlining: Create Administrative Clearance’ as an enabling tool in §11.5.7 and §12.32
On June 10, 2010, the City Planning Commission meeting will include a Presentation of an Overview of upcoming six ordinances. This implementation of the CPC Study Session Presentation will be the opportunity for stakeholders to become acquainted with more specific information of the goals of the simplification program.
An update on the Code Simplification will be included at each of the monthly PlanCheckNC Program through the tenure of the Code Simplification Program.

The PlanCheckNC Task Force Zoning Code Simplification Program will be collecting information on the concerns and suggestions regarding the Simplification Program and the proposed changes to the Zoning Code. For further information about this Task Force, contact: Maggi Fajnor, Chair, PlanCheckNC at maggi4f@gmail.com

An electronic copy of the handout for the update presented to PlanCheckNC is available upon request by sending an email to Maggi Fajnor, Chair, PlanCheckNC at maggi4f@gmail.com or to the Planning Department.

L.A.’s Planning Crisis and What Should be Done About it.
Guest Speaker — Dick Platkin, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst with Tierra Concepts. Mr. Platkin is retired from the City Planning Department and now is a consultant in the private sector. Contact information: rhplatkin@yahoo.com

The City’s current General Plan Framework was prepared in 1995 and is based on the 1990 census. The General Plan is in need of an up date to reflect present day population patterns and stakeholder needs. Any plan reviews should use 2010 census data because the city’s situation has changed since 1990. The Infrastructure Elements of the General Plan were written in the 1960s and have not been updated. Further, there have been no data gathered to prove that density bonuses have produced more affordable housing.

Most Neighborhood Councils focus on discretionary actions, not planning. What is needed is for communities to be proactive and initiate “bottoms-up” plans. With 80 per cent of all projects granted by right, one should focus on reviewing the overall Community Plan, rather than on specific projects. The redone plans for Granada Hills and Hollywood both allowed increased density, which meant that more projects will be built “by right.” The Capital Improvement Plan for public agencies’ sectoral budgeting should have been submitted to the City Planning Commission for review and approval, but that never happened, so there has been no review of public development projects.

Retired planner Gary Speth gave one example of this bottoms-up planning. The Northeast Community Plan was community initiated and prepared and was adopted by the City Council on June 15, 1999. Specific Plans and HPOZs are other models for grass-roots initiated planning.

An electronic copy of the PowerPoint for this program presented to PlanCheckNC is available upon request by sending an email to Maggi Fajnor, Chair, PlanCheckNC at maggi4f@gmail.com or request directly from Dick Platkin.

Other Opportunities for Involvement and Contact Information.

Neighborhood Councils that are not receiving the ENS Electronic Reports and/or Project Packets or are noting errors in these reports should contact: Ed Hunt, Area Representative, PlanCheckNC at EdVHunt@earthlink.net. Ed will be collecting data and assisting with problem solving on these issues.

Adrienne O’Niell, Vice Chair PlanCheckNC is coordinating a Task Force addressing issues related to SB1818 ordinance, density bonuses, and other related issues. To be part of that effort contact Adrienne O’Niell at aoniellh@dslextreme.com.

PlanCheckNCLA Programs are held on the Second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am- 12 noon at the Historic Downtown Outreach Center, 114 W 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. The next PlanCheckNCLA Program will be on Saturday, June 12.

Athens MRF – Public Information Meeting Notice

May 7th, 2010

To All Interested Parties,

The Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) has received an application package from Athens Sun Valley MRF for a solid waste facility permit to operate a large volume transfer/processing facility.  The LEA will be conducting a public information meeting on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm at John Francis Polytechnical High School Auditorium.  Please see the attached file for further meeting information.

The informational meeting is open to all interested parties to ask questions and provide comments regarding the Athens Sun Valley MRF and the processing of the solid waste facility permit.

David Thompson
LEA Program Supervisor
213-978-0868
david.thompson@lacity.org

Baseline Hillside Ordinance Continued to May 27, 2010 CPC

May 7th, 2010

Quick Update

The Baseline Hillside Ordinance will be continued to the May 27, 2010 City Planning Commission meeting.  At this point, there will be no discussion on this proposal at the May 13, 2010 City Planning Commission Meeting, so we don’t expect a need to attend.  Please revise your calendars accordingly.

More information to follow.  We hope to have a staff report by the end of next week.

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 erick.lopez@lacity.org 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 at jennifer.driver@lacity.org or at (818) 374-5034.

Thank you for your attention.

Code Simplification Work Program

May 7th, 2010

Code Simplificiation Work Program

PlanCheck Meeting – May 8, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

May 5th, 2010

The program will consist of two parts as follows:.

Land Use and Planning Policies, Ordinances and Enforcement
Update on  proposed ordinances for STREAMLINING THE ZONING CODE and other current code studies projects .  This is a work in progress and now is the time to make your comments to be part of the process.
Guest Speakers  — Tom Rothmann  and Alan Bell of the City Planning Department

L.A.’s Planning Crisis and What Should be Done About it.
Guest Speaker  — Dick Platkin

The Program will be followed with time for networking with open discussion at the end of the program.

PlanCheckNCLA Programs are held from 10:00 am- 12 noon at the

Historic Downtown Outreach Center
114 W 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 am to 12 noon

Maggi Fajnor, Chair
Cindy Cleghorn, Communications & Outreach Administrator
Russell Brown, Program Coordinator

Remember to mark your calendars to save the second Saturday of the month for PlanCheckNCLA