Archive for June, 2012

Mural Ordinance at CPC on 7-12-12

June 29th, 2012

Hello All,

The mural staff report and ordinance that is scheduled to be heard by the City Planning Commission at its July 12, 2012 meeting in downtown City Hall is now posted on the City Planning website at: http://cityplanning.lacity.org/ — Click on What’s New.   As proposed, the ordinance will allow for the creation and preservation of Original Art Murals and Public Art Installations on private property.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Tom Rothmann
Tom.Rothmann@lacity.org

Notice of Preparation for 5 yr Bicycle Plan / MyFig Project

June 29th, 2012

Dear interested stakeholder,

Due to your past involvement with the development of the City of Los Angeles 2010 Bicycle Plan, you are included in the list of stakeholders to receive the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the first year of first Five-Year Implementation Strategy and the Figueroa Streetscape (MyFig) Project. Find attached the NOP which includes a project description and location of proposed facilities, as well as information on the public scoping meetings and webinar. Pursuant to Section 15082(b) of the CEQA Guidelines, responses requested shall be related to the scope and content of environmental information that should be included in the Draft EIR. Those seeking to respond have until July 30th to submit responses. They can be submitted electronically, or by mail at the contact below.

Thank you,
David J. Somers

Policy Planning and Historic Resources Division
Citywide Planning, Bicycle Plan
Department of City Planning
200 North Spring Street, Room 667
Los Angeles, CA   90012

Tel: (213) 978-3307
Fax: (213) 978-1477
david.somers@lacity.org
Mail Stop 395

Regional Connector Transit Corridor Update

June 29th, 2012

Project Update
The Regional Connector’s Final EIS/EIR was approved by the Metro Board of Directors in April 2012. Metro is currently waiting for the Federal Transit Agency (FTA) to issue the Record of Decision (ROD), which authorizes Metro to continue with project design, land acquisition, and construction.

Once the ROD has been issued, Metro will begin relocating utilities along the alignment and commence real estate discussions focused on securing temporary and permanent easements for properties identified in the EIS/EIR. Concurrent to this process, Metro will continue working with the FTA to secure the “Full Funding Grant Agreement” (FFGA), which is the contractual agreement between Metro and the FTA.  The FFGA outlines the secured funding sources for the project.

Utility relocation activity is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2013, in time for construction to begin on the Regional Connector.   Between the initiation of the utility relocation and construction activities, Metro will publicly circulate a “Request for Qualifications” in order to identify a shortlist of potential teams that will be invited to respond to a “Request for Proposal” to complete the design and construction of the Regional Connector.  The Metro Board of Directors is anticipating awarding the Design/Build contract in 2013.

Construction Process
The overall construction approach for the Regional Connector has not changed from the description in the Final EIS/EIR.  The project will connect the Blue, Exposition, and Gold light rail transit (LRT) lines via a 1.9-mile underground extension, traveling under Flower Street, and turning east under 2nd Street.  The Regional Connector includes the construction of three new stations: 2nd/Hope, 2nd/Broadway, and 1st/Central.

The Regional Connector is expected to open for operations in 2019.  Between now and then, seven steps will take place.  Conceptually, this process includes:
Mobilize Construction Sites
Placement of field offices near construction sites and locations of work areas.
Final Design
Complete final design (with community input) of alignment, stations and station area.
Initiate Construction
Begin excavation of station boxes and Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) insertion areas.
TBM Insertion
The TBM will be inserted into the ground at the “Mangrove Property” located at 1st/Alameda.  The TBM will be towed to the tunnel insertion point located at 1st/Central.
Track Work
With the initiation of boring activities, work can begin to build the tunnel, lay down track, and install the power system (including the installation of the catenary poles and lines).
Station Construction
The station boxes will be constructed using the Cut/Cover approach

Pre-Revenue Testing
Once the rail, power and communication systems, and stations have been installed and constructed, Metro will prepare for opening day by completing required inspections, testing and staff training.
Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP)
The Regional Connector MMRP is a relatively detailed document, outlining the process to minimize and mitigate for potential construction and operations impacts.  The MMRP was developed with a tremendous amount of community involvement.  Over the coming months, the Regional Connector Community Leadership Committee (RCCLC) will form and have regularly scheduled meetings.

City Zoning Code 5-year Work Program Moving Forward

June 23rd, 2012

Greetings All:

The City Council has approved funding from the Construction Services Trust Fund (CSTF) for the first year of a five-year work program to revise the City’s Zoning Code.  This historic action marks the beginning of one of the City’s most significant planning initiatives to date.  The project now has enough funding to proceed to the next step.

Our Department will prepare and release a Request for Proposals to select the consultant team, and begin taking steps to initiate the creation of a brand new Zoning Code.  We expect to be ready to embark on this effort by December 2012.

Funding from the CSTF will be granted on an annual basis as part of the Department’s annual budgetary process.  We have committed to providing quarterly status reports on the Zoning Code Revision project to the Planning & Land Use Management Committee, which will also be available to the public.

The remainder of the funding will come from an Ordinance to increase the General Plan Maintenance Surcharge from 3% to 5% for a period of five years with a sunset clause, which will follow shortly and be prepared in cooperation with the City Attorney’s Office.

BACKGROUND

The last time the City of Los Angeles did a comprehensive revision was when the current Zoning Code was first adopted in 1946.  It has since grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a 600+ page book does not reflect our 21st Century needs or vision.

The proposal will result in a new Zoning Code that:
Establishes clear & predictable language
More effectively implements the Goals & Objectives of the General Plan and Community Plans
Offers a wider variety of zoning options that protect and/or enhance our communities
Reflects the diversity of Los Angeles and allows each neighborhood to maintain a distinct sense of place
Accommodates the City’s current and future needs
Improves the built environment, economic vitality, & quality of life
Is an economic development tool that will help shore up the City’s tax base
The five-year work program includes three major deliverables:
Dynamic Web-Based Zoning Code – Clear & Predictable Code that allows for customized/interactive on-line experience
Layperson’s Guide to Zoning – Easy-to-Read Guides that help people navigate regulations & procedures
Unified Downtown Development Code – New Zoning Tools for revitalization of Downtown within first 24-30 months of the program; ensuring it is poised to lead the charge for Los Angeles’s economic recovery
The work program includes an enhanced public participation strategy that will include many opportunities for public involvement and feedback.  Our Department is committed to an open and transparent process that ensures that all stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate and contribute to the new land use and development standards.

The project will not: 1) override any existing Specific Plans or Overlays; or 2) result in the wholesale “up-zoning” of the City.  Although changes will eventually be pursued in order to implement the new Zoning Code, the proposed work program does not include any amendments to the current Zoning designations.  Any future changes will include notifications and public hearings.

OTHER INFORMATION

Below is a link to the Council File for the proposal.  It includes copies of the Department’s funding request which outlines the proposed work program and budget plan, as well as other reports and comments submitted to date.

Council File No. 12-0460
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=12-0460

Help us spread the word by forwarding this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

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As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or David Olivo at david.olivo@lacity.org; email is preferred.

Erick Lopez
City of Los Angeles | Department of City Planning
Code Studies | Office of Zoning Administration
erick.lopez@lacity.org | 213.978.1323