Archive for July, 2012

Comprehensive Zoning Code Revision RFP process begins – deadline 8/31/12

July 22nd, 2012

Greetings All:

FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

With City Council’s approval of the first year of the Comprehensive Zoning Code Revision work program, the Department of City Planning has prepared and released a Request for Proposals (RFP).  For those of you who don’t know what an RFP is, it’s essentially an announcement and description of an opportunity to bid on a City contract.

Over the next few months, we will be receiving, reviewing, and selecting a team of consultant to assist City staff in drafting the new Zoning Code.  This is an exciting time for us at the Department, and we look forward to working with you all on this initiative.

FOR PROSPECTIVE CONSULTANTS

Beginning on Friday, July 20, 2012, prospective proposers can access and download the complete Request for Proposals (RFP) at the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN) website: http://www.labavn.org.  Prior registration is required.  It is essential that prospective proposers download the RFP from the LABAVN website as downloading from the website will ensure that proposers automatically receive email notification(s) regarding the RFP, including posted questions and answers, and any amendments.   The deadline to submit is Friday, August 31, 2012 at 4 PM.

FOR EVERYONE

Planning staff cannot answer questions about this RFP until the consultant selection process is complete.  If you have question, or would like more information, please contact Maria Ortiz at (213) 978-1291 or maria.ortiz@lacity.org (email preferred).

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.

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 Zoning Code Notification List” in the subject line.

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

July 2nd, 2012

FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION GRANTS L.A. METRO RECORD OF DECISION FOR REGIONAL CONNECTOR PROJECT

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has just granted the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authrity (Metro) a Record of Decision (ROD) for the $1.37 billion Regional Connector Transit Corridor, officially certifying that the project has now satisfied all federal environmental guidelines.

The action is an important prerequisite for Metro to begin final design of the nearly two-mile underground light rail line in Downtown L.A. and for the agency to seek federal funding to help build it.

Regional Connector, partially funded with $160 million in Measure R sales tax money approved by voters in 2008, is considered one of the region’s most significant transit projects because it will connect the Metro Gold Line, Blue Line and Expo Line through downtown L.A., enabling passengers to take a “one seat ride” from Montclair to Long Beach, and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica.

“The Regional Connector is the vital link connecting the county’s regional transportation network by uniting the Gold Line, the Blue Line and the Expo Line — allowing for future one-seat trips between the San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach and the Westside,” said Michael D. Antonovich, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair.

The line will include three new light rail stations in Downtown Los Angeles at 1st/Central, 2nd/Broadway, and 2nd/Hope.  The new stations are estimated to provide access to 88,200 passengers, including approximately 17,700 new transit riders.

With the ROD now in hand, Metro can request initiation of  final design and commence discussions with the FTA to secure a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), which will constitute a federal matching contribution to the project.  Metro estimates construction of the tunnel and new stations could begin in August 2013.  Initial utility relocation work could begin in July of this year.  The project, if fully funded, could open in 2019.
Metro staff is planning a round of community meetings, estimated to take place in late August 2012, to discuss the stations and station area design process.

For more information about the Regional Connector project, visit metro.net/projects/connector.