Archive for June, 2011

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

June 30th, 2011

Dear OWTS Stakeholders,

We are glad to inform you that due to your stakeholder participation, a great milestone in favor of protecting our water resources and the environment has been reached. Yesterday, June 29, 2011, the Board of Public Works Commissioners approved the draft proposed ordinance for regulating Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems for single family homes in the city and forwarded it to the City Council and the Mayor for their consideration and approval. We will continue to resolve some of the outstanding issues that you have brought to our attention and will keep you informed as the draft ordinance goes through the remaining approval process with the City Council and the Mayor’s Office, so that you may continue to participate in the process. You will be receiving periodic email updates of any new developments. Meanwhile, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your participation and to thank you for your time and input.

We look forward to your continued involvement in making this ordinance a success. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please, visit us online at: or contact Chandra Silaban at 323/342-1561.

Bicycle Parking Ordinance at CPC on July 14

June 29th, 2011

Please find attached the Supplemental Staff Report for the Bicycle Parking Ordinance to be heard at the City Planning Commission on July 14, 2011.  The hearing will take place Downtown, in Room 350 of City Hall, sometime after 8:30 a.m.

An earlier version of this ordinance was heard by the CPC on May 12, 2011.  For comparison, the initial staff report from the May 12 hearing may be found at:

For questions or comments, please feel free to contact Tom Rothmann, 213-978-1891 /, or Tanner Blackman, 213-978-1195 /


Modified Parking Requirement (MPR) Districts Ordinance – 2nd Hearing, July 14th

June 28th, 2011

Please find attached the Supplemental Staff Report for the Modified Parking Requirement (MPR) District Ordinance to be heard at the City Planning Commission on July 14, 2011.  The hearing will take place Downtown, in Room 350 of City Hall, sometime after 8:30 a.m.

An earlier version of this ordinance was heard by the CPC on April 28, 2011.  For comparison, the initial staff report from the April 28th hearing may be found at:

Also, after the initial hearing, the City Planning Commission convened a “Parking Summit” on May 12, 2011.  The attached pamphlet contains quotes and highlights from the day’s presentations regarding various issues surrounding Los Angeles’ parking policies.  In addition to the pamphlet, full audio from the event may be streamed at:

For questions or comments, please feel free to contact Tom Rothmann, 213-978-1891 /, or Tanner Blackman, 213-978-1195 /



Low Impact Development Update (LID)

June 27th, 2011

The Bureau of Sanitation is pleased to announce that the 4th Edition of the Development Best Management Practices Handbook – Part B: Planning Activities
(4th Edition) will be considered for approval by the Board of Public Works on Friday, July 1, 2011. The 4th Edition incorporates Low Impact Development (LID) principles and strategies that will assist developers in meeting the pending LID Ordinance.

The information regarding the Board meeting is as follows:

Date: Friday, July 1, 2011
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012
Room: Edward R. Roybal Board of Public Works Session Room, Room 350

The LID Ordinance, with its accompanying Handbook, will be presented to the City Council for their consideration in July.

The Bureau would like to thank all stakeholders who participated in the workshops and to the Technical Advisory Committee for their input and guidance. A copy of the 4th edition of the Handbook is provided on our website at:

Development Reform Strategic Plan

June 25th, 2011

PlanCheckNC was pleased to host a presentation of the Development Reform Strategic Plan – Building a Better LA at its Second Saturday Program on June 11. The presentation by Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, President, KH Consulting Group, was intended to provide an opportunity for PlanCheckNC, Neighborhood Council and Community Council representatives and active stakeholders to learn more about the Strategic Plan and proposed development reform while the document was still being drafted. Comment on the existing development process and draft proposal as presented was invited.

As explained by Ms. Kraetsch Hartsough at the June PlanCheckNC Program, the Development Reform Strategic Plan is more like an internal business plan for how the City Departments will work together. As more of an internal operating plan, the Strategic Plan will be reviewed and discussed within the various City Departments and Departmental action plans will be developed. Implementation will require ordinances with the requisite public notice and review process for implementation. As part of continual improvements and making strategic planning an ongoing process, the City should build on improvements made and look for other areas that need to be addressed. What is outlined in the Development Reform Strategic Plan is what the City believes it can address with its current resources during the next three years.

PlanCheckNC’s goal is to continue to ensure that the process is open, transparent and inclusive. We do not take positions on individual issues, but rather endeavor to open the process. Subsequent to the PlanCheckNC Program, the power point presentation, map and brief description of the plan were made available electronically to help those attending to share the information. Now is the time to share your thoughts and voice your issues. Help us to inform and to solicit responses, comments, and ultimately provide for wider distribution of the Development Reform Strategic Plan.

We have been told that the Development Reform Strategic Plan Report itself will be released in the beginning of July. It will be posted on both the Building and Safety and City Department of Planning websites. PlanCheckNC will also request electronic copy for distribution to those interested in a copy of the report. Please review the available background materials as well as share them with your Neighborhood Councils, Community Councils, HOAs, friends and neighbors. Check IN THE NEWS on the PlanCheckNC website for updates on the process. Anyone interested in learning about Planning and Land Use issues is invited to join us for PlanCheckNC on the Second Saturday of the month. Become part of the process.

Maggi Fajnor, Chair
Empowerment through Education

Permeable Paving Ordinance Hearing Notice

June 24th, 2011

The Permeable Paving ordinance is on the July 14th, downtown CPC agenda. Attached is the final staff report, draft ordinance, findings and negative declaration. Any questions can be directed to Deborah Kahen at (213) 978-1202 or at

CPC Downtown Meeting:

July 14, 2011, meeting starts at 8:30am

200 North Spring Street, Room 350

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Farmers’ Markets Code Amendment project

June 15th, 2011

Hearing notice, Q&A sheet, and draft ordinance for the Farmers’ Markets Code Amendment project (CPC-2011-1330-CA).

A staff hearing will take place in Room 1030 of City Hall on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m.  The final day to submit public comments will be August 15, 2011.

The Farmers’ Markets project stems from a motion from Councilmembers Wesson and Koretz, introduced in November 2010 (Council File #10-1382 – available at: ).

In April 2011, Planning staff presented a report to the Planning & Land Use Management Committee.  The PLUM Committee instructed the Department to develop an ordinance (the PLUM report is available at: ).

Please submit comments to Tom Rothmann, 213-978-1891 or


June 13th, 2011

Parks Commission Meeting In Glassell Park, 6/15/11, 9:30 am –

Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners is scheduled to meet in your community at the Glassell Park Recreation Center beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Please see the attached agenda (there are also two additional “special meeting” agendas with a few additional items; see RAP agenda webpage ).

This is a rare opportunity for you to conveniently attend a meeting of this Commission and  provide public comment if you wish.

One item of particular interest is Report No. 11-185, the installation of cellular telecommunication equipment in City Parks.  The report is available online at
Many persons have expressed concerns about such installations within City parks and if Neighborhood Councils would receive timely notifications (i.e. at least 60 days prior to consideration).

Cell Tower/WTF Regulation

June 9th, 2011

To Organizations and Persons Interested in Reform of Cell Tower/WTF (wireless telecommunications facilities) Regulation:

Please see the Council Public Works Committee agenda below.  The matter of the Final Cell Tower Report to Council will be heard on:

6/15 at 2pm in City Hall, Rm. 1010

We urge you or a representative of your organization to attend —
It is very important to show City-wide support for new, more
protective regulations in regard to public right-of-way (PROW) WTF!

For your information, the Los Angeles WTF Working Group plans to write the PWC to indicate that although we are calling for enactment of a comprehensive new ordinance uniformly regulatiing all WTF, we generally support the City Attorney’s recommendations for changes in PROW regulations (including elimination of the utility pole exemption, expanding notice and adding aesthetic considerations).

We will also request enactment of additional important, reasonable provisions not specifically recommended by the C.A. (e.g., extending appeal rights to interested persons/NCs/CCs/HOAs; establishing meaningful set-backs from dwellings/parks/schools; requiring certifiication of compliance with FCC RF emissions standards); and we will urge that a temporary moratorium be put in place in regard to PROW WTF while new regulations are being drafted.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone interested, including members of the media.

Thank you.

Chris Spitz
Los Angeles WTF Working Group

Click here:

(Eric Villanueva – Legislative Assistant – 213-978-1077 or e-mail
09-2645 CONTINUED FROM 11-18-09 City Attorney report relative to the developments regarding the regulation of the placement of cell towers and related equipment. (Also referred to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee)

Fiscal Impact Statement Submitted: No
Community Impact Statement: Yes

For Proposal:
Studio City Neighborhood Council
Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council
Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council

[Recipients of this email please note:  In addition to the 3 councils mentioned in the above agenda, 47 other councils, alliances and HOAs have publicly expressed concerns or submitted letters/motions supporting regulatory reform; many of which are on file in CF 09-2645.]

Development Reform

June 7th, 2011

Retained by the City of Los Angeles, KH Consulting Group (KH), and its subcontractor Woolpert initiated Development Reform process in January.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the Strategic Plan and proposed changes for the City to implement the proposals during the next three years while the document is still a draft.

KH-Woolpert-Power Point 2011-6-2