Archive for June, 2014

Community Care Facilities Ordinance Report released

June 27th, 2014

The Department of City Planning has released a report making new recommendations regarding the proposed Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO). Some of you may recall the CCFO when it was being discussed several years ago. The City Council was unable to reach consensus on the matter when it was finally brought forth on January 31, 2013, and as a result decided to form an Ad Hoc Council Committee on Community Care Facilities. The Ad Hoc Committee has been meeting regularly since January this year. (more…)

PlanCheckNC Meeting June 14

June 12th, 2014

PlanCheckNC will meet this Saturday at the Hollenbeck Police Station Community Room

reCodeLA Updates with Sharon Commins, Zoning Advisory Committee Member
What is a Master Plan Development Zone and City Planning Updates with Craig Weber, Senior Planner, Dept. of City Planning

REMINDER:  reCode LA draft  is online.  The public draft is posted at . You can use the markup  to comment and also use the map-it feature.

MPD Report Link:

Are you on a Neighborhood Council or Community Council Land Use Committee? If so you need to attend PlanCheckNC meetings!  Everyone welcome.

June 14, 2014 meeting will be held at:

Hollenbeck Police Station – Community Room
2111 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Map link:
Street parking available.
Entrance at the front of the police station

Networking with representatives from the City Planning Department, Citywide Neighborhood Council and Community Representatives

New AGF Ordinance Draft

June 12th, 2014



1)  expands notice of PROW cell towers to 250 ft. radius; AGF cabinets remain subject to the old notice requirements.

2)  expands required notice to NCs and HOAs, residents’ groups (but not community councils as PPCC, BCC and Westwood CC had requested; note:  the committees had not directed the C.A. to include this so he did not).

3)   eliminates the utlity pole exemption, EXCEPT for “small cell” installations (remain exempt in all locations) installations (not small cell) located in C and M zones (remain exempt, except “where the lot adjoining the utility pole is primarily residential”, ie, in that case the installation in a C or M zone would not be exempt and a permit would be required).

4)  defines “small cell” as a device with “a total volume of less than 2.0 cubic feet excluding cable and conduit.”  Also, limits any brackets or cross-arms (extension) on small cell devices to no more than a 6″ standoff from the pole (except when additional standoff is necessary to comply with health or safety regulations).

5)  eliminates any requirement that the applicant show proof of a gap in coverage.

6)  requires non-exempt installations located “along streets where the adjoining land use is primarily residential” to be designed in accordance with the “Least Intrusive Means” standard (defined as “the least amount of physical or aesthetic intrusion” in the PROW, taking into account physical characteristics of the AGF such as size, shape, color, volume, camouflaging, etc.).

7)  requires all AGFs to be installed promptly upon approval; if installation is not commenced within 2 years of approval the permit expires.

8)  requires unused AGFs that “have not served a customer for 90 days” to be removed at the owner’s cost.

9)  re existing AGFs installed prior to the adoption of the ordinance:  requires a new permit if an existing AGF needs upgrade or repair if the upgrade or repair causes the volume or height to increase by more than 10% (if less than 10% increase no new permit needed); also requires existing AGfs to comply with certain “pedestrian passage retrofit” and graffiti mitigation and identification requirements; otherwise existing AGFs not subject to the new ordinance provisions.