Archive for May, 2011

Community Care Facility Ordinance @ City Council

May 30th, 2011

The Community Care Facility Ordinance will be at City Council on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.  If you have an interest in this ordinance, you are encouraged to participate.

PLUM Report

City Council June 1 Agenda

Multiple Approvals Procedural Revisions

May 30th, 2011

Staff Report and proposed ordinance for the Multiple Approvals Procedural Revisions (CPC-2010-1495-CA).  The proposed revisions will be heard by the City Planning Commission at its June 9, 2011 meeting in Room 350 of City Hall.

Update: Bicycle Parking & Modified Parking District Ordinances

May 21st, 2011

Update:

The City Planning Commission’s consideration of the Bicycle Parking Ordinance and the Modified Parking Requirement (MPR) District Ordinance, both continued until May 26th, will be continued again until June 9th.

Any questions/comments pertaining to these ordinances, please direct to Tom Rothmann at tom.rothmann@lacity.org or at 213.978.1891.

NEW Onsite Shopping Carts Ordinance

May 20th, 2011

Onsite Shopping Cart Containment Ordinance recommendation report. It will be heard before the City Planning Commission on June 9, 2011, at Los Angeles City Hall (200 N. Spring Street, Room 1010, 10th floor, Los Angeles CA 90012); meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.

In compliance with our Public Participation Policy, the final staff recommendation report is being released at least two weeks before the City Planning Commission hearing date.

Please refer questions pertaining to this proposed ordinance to Gabriela Juarez directly at (213) 978-1199 or gabriela.juarez@lacity.org. Any questions pertaining to our Department’s Public Participation Policy should be directed to me.

Solar Interim Control Ordinance

May 10th, 2011

Staff report for the Solar ICO has been released.      Complete_SolarICO_v2

Any questions can be directed to Deborah Kahen at 213.978-1202 or deborah.kahen@lacity.org.

Baseline Hillside Ordinance-1st Day; Guide; Retaining Wall Ordinance

May 9th, 2011

Greetings All:

Today, May 9, 2011, is the first day of the new hillside regulations established for the Single-Family Zones by the Baseline Hillside Ordinance.  For a copy of the final adopted Ordinance please go to the following link:  http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-1001_ord_181624.pdf

For more details, please refer to the online Council File at the following link:  http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=10-1001

This will be the last official email regarding the Baseline Hillside Ordinance.  However, the number of people and the representation of all of the various groups and associations in this list has proven to be a valuable public outreach resource.  You may periodically receive an email from myself or one of my colleagues inviting you to join interest lists on a variety of topics; the first being the Retaining Wall Ordinance described below.

Does the Baseline Hillside Ordinance Apply To Me?
Just to clarify for all, any property zoned R1, RS, RE, or RA which is designated as Hillside Area pursuant to Section 12.03 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) in now subject to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance.  Please refer to our Zoning Information and Map Access System, or ZIMAS (http://zimas.lacity.org/) to check your “Zoning” and “Hillside Area (Zoning Code)” designation under the “Planning and Zoning” tab.

Projects Submitted for Plan Check and/or Discretionary Actions
Pursuant to Section 12.26 A.3 of the LAMC, any project which was 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 the effective date of an Ordinance (Monday, May 9, 2011) 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 (http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=amlegal:lamc_ca); go to Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 12.26, Subsection A, Subdivision 3.

The only way to “vest” a typical single-family development project under the current Code is through the Vested Development Plan provision summarized above.  Applications for, or approval of discretionary actions (i.e. Zoning Administration Determinations, Adjustments, Variances, etc.) prior to the effective date does not confer vesting rights to a project.  If you were NOT able to submit for plan check to the Department of Building & Safety prior to the effective date you will be subject to the new hillside regulations.

Baseline Hillside Ordinance Comprehensive Guide (ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL)
The Department of City Planning, with the help of the Department of Building and Safety, has been working on putting together a Comprehensive Guide to the New Hillside Regulations.  This document is intended to be a user-friendly guide to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance hillside regulations, and contains clarification language as well as figures and diagrams to illustrate some of the new provisions, some of which you may have already seen in the Staff Reports prepared for this Ordinance.

We intend to update this document as new clarifications, interpretations, and general information becomes available.  Feel free to forward your comments or questions to me at erick.lopez@lacity.org or at (213) 978-1323.

Retaining Wall Ordinance
As discussed during the City Planning Commission Meetings, there is a concern that the current retaining wall regulations are not entirely compatible with the policies and objectives of the new Baseline Hillside Ordinance.  City Planning staff had received many comments regarding the potential problems from the various stakeholders.

The Department of City Planning is in the process of initiating a new Retaining Wall Ordinance and will be conducting some early public outreach meetings to obtain input from the individuals, groups and associations involved.  David Olivo, from our Code Simplification Unit, has been assigned as the project manager.  As part of these efforts, he is building a Retaining Wall Ordinance Interest List.  To be added to the list, please email david.olivo@lacity.org and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type “Add Me To Retaining Wall Interest List” in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your ZIP Code).

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

LANI Conference is May 19th @ USC

May 6th, 2011

LANI 2011 Community Forum will take place on Thursday, May 19th at USC Davidson Conference Center.
The LANI Community Forum brings together individuals and organizations working to build a better Los Angeles through neighborhood revitalization.

Attached is complete event information including workshop schedule and parking information.

This event is free to the community so please feel free to share with your networks. You can register at www.lani.org.

Hope to see you at the Forum!

Monica Carlos
Program Manager
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1128
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.627.1822 x15
213.627.1821 fax
“Rebuilding Neighborhoods One Block At A Time”

Restoration of Historic Streetcar Service

May 6th, 2011

You are invited

Metro is conducting an Early Scoping Meeting for an Alternatives Analysis (AA) of the Restoration of Historic Streetcar Service in Downtown Los Angeles (“Project”). The purpose of this Project is to restore historic streetcar service in Downtown Los Angeles. This includes review of route alternatives and evaluation criteria. This AA will study and select alternative(s) for possible further environmental review and help in selecting a Locally Preferred Alternative.

The Project Study Area is bounded by State Route 110 Freeway to the West, Washington Boulevard to the South, Los Angeles Street to the East, Cesar Chavez Avenue to the North with an extension stretching North of Cesar Chavez Avenue along New High and Alameda Streets just north of College Street. Districts within the PSA include the Historic Broadway District, Chinatown, El Pueblo, Bunker Hill, the Financial Business District, South Park and the L.A. Civic Center.

We encourage and welcome your participation. Comments regarding the scope of the AA can be presented at the Early Scoping Meeting.

When:     Tuesday, May 17, 2011; 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Open House: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Public Comment: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:     Los Angeles Theatre, 615 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1803

Oral comments regarding the scope of the AA may be heard during the public comment period. Written comments may be submitted during this event and also mailed to Metro, c/o Historic Streetcar Service, One Gateway Plaza, 99-22-2, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or emailed to streetcarservice@metro.net by May 31, 2011.

Any individual who requires special assistance, a sign language interpreter or translator, to participate in the meeting should contact Ginny Brideau, ginny@therobertgroup.com, (323) 669-7654.

For more information about the Project, please visit http://www.metro.net/projects/historic-streetcar-service/

Proposed ICO regarding solar

May 5th, 2011

Attached you will find a copy of a proposed ICO “temporarily prohibiting the issuance of demolition, building, and any other applicable permits for the installation of ground mounted solar photovoltaic systems located within a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.”

Case No. CPC-2011-958-ICO , and scheduled before City Planning Commission on May 12, 2011. Currently, the Public Participation Policy does not apply to this proposed ICO because it is not one of the following City-initiated policies:

1. An amendment to the Planning and Zone Code
2. Community Plans, Specific Plans, Overlay Zones and Districts; and
3. Citywide Guidelines

If the proposed ICO were to be adopted, then at this time it would go through the Public Participation Policy process.

Please refer any questions pertaining to the proposed ICO to Deborah Kahen directly at (213) 978-1202 or Deborah.Kahen@lacity.org. Any questions pertaining to our Department’s Public Participation Policy should be directed to me. Package_CPC_SolarICO (1)

Photovoltaic Systems Proposed ICO

May 4th, 2011

There is a proposed ICO “temporarily prohibiting the issuance of demolition, building, and any other applicable permits for the installation of ground mounted solar photovoltaic systems located within a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.”

Case No. CPC-2011-958-ICO , and scheduled before City Planning Commission on May 12, 2011. Currently, the Public Participation Policy does not apply to this proposed ICO because it is not one of the following City-initiated policies:

1. An amendment to the Planning and Zone Code
2. Community Plans, Specific Plans, Overlay Zones and Districts; and
3. Citywide Guidelines

If the proposed ICO were to be adopted, then at this time it would go through the Public Participation Policy process.

Please refer any questions pertaining to the proposed ICO to Deborah Kahen directly at (213) 978-1202 or Deborah.Kahen@lacity.org. Any questions pertaining to our Department’s Public Participation Policy should be directed to Claudia Rodriguez, LA City Planning Neighborhood Liaison, claudia.rodriguez@lacity.org or (213) 978-1283.

Package_CPC_SolarICO (1)