Archive for June, 2016

Sawtelle Corridor Overlay — Grassroots effort

June 24th, 2016

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Proposed Amendments to the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) Ordinance

June 10th, 2016

You are receiving this email to inform you that the Department of City Planning has initiated amendments to the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) Ordinance to improve the HPOZ program. Attached you will find a description of the proposed changes to the HPOZ Ordinance and the proposed ordinance amendments. I also encourage you to attend one of two informational Open Houses and a Public Hearings.

The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning will hold the first combined Informational Open House and Public Hearing on Thursday, July 7th, at the Will and Ariel Durant Library, at 7140 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046. The Informational Open House will be held at 6:00 p.m. and the official Public Hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Two days later, on Saturday, July 9th, at 10:00 a.m. a second combined Informational Open House and Public Hearing will be held at the Council District 10 Field Office, at 1819 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006. The Informational Open House will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the official Public Hearing will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The formal Public Hearing is your chance to comment on the record regarding the proposed HPOZ amendments. During the Public Hearing, a hearing officer will record public testimony and written correspondence on the proposed changes. No decision on the amendments will be made at this meeting; however, comments will be taken into consideration in the final recommendation to the City Planning Commission.

The Department of City Planning’s Office of Historic Resources has released these draft amendments, (attached below) for review and public comment through August 11th. To comment, please email Blair Smith at blair.smith@lacity.org

Thank you

 

Link to documents

 

Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan

June 10th, 2016

Over the last three months, we have heard from thousands of you throughout Los Angeles County about our potential sales tax ballot measure and its draft spending plan. With your feedback in mind, Metro staff has just released its final recommendation called the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan. The Plan recommends an ongoing sustained investment for transportation with a new ½ cent sales tax and replacing the current Measure R tax starting in 2040 until voters decide to end it.  We believe this revised plan will address our transportation needs now and for many decades to come, leaving an infrastructure inheritance for our children and grandchildren.

This Plan:
Provides funds to build more critical transportation projects including accelerating nine major road and   transit projects by a combined 42 years for a savings of more than $9 billion.
Provides resources to maintain our transportation system in good working order.
Provides more money to cities and unincorporated areas throughout L.A. County for local streets, intersections, sidewalks, bike projects and other programs.
Requires greater accountability and oversight.
Guarantees a reliable transportation funding stream to our County, once and for all.
Staff will be presenting this plan to the Metro Board of Directors at their Planning and Programming Committee on Wednesday, June 15, at 2 p.m., and at their Executive Management Committee on Thursday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m. The full Board of Directors will consider adopting the revised plan, including whether to place a measure on the November ballot to raise the local sales tax and continue the Measure R sales tax beyond its 2039 expiration, at their meeting on Thursday, June 23, at 9 a.m.

Thank you for contributing to the development of our regional plan. We appreciate your interest and welcome your continued participation.

Public Hearing for Amendments to Mobility Plan 2035

June 10th, 2016

A Public Hearing is being held for the following project:
CPC Case No.: CPC-2013-910-GPA-SP-CA-MSC-M2
ENV Case No.: ENV-2013-911-EIR-ADD2
Project Name: Amendments to Mobility Plan 2035

The City Planning Commission of the City of Los Angeles will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at approximately 8:30am or soon thereafter in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

City Council initiated amendments
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The amendments involve a minor text revision, as well as four modifications to the enhanced network maps. City Council proposed the four map modifications at its meeting of May 13, 2016.

The text revision clarifies that corridors along the Bicycle Enhanced Network (BEN) could be substituted with an alternative parallel corridor if it serves a similar purpose and is supported by operational studies and community engagement. The map modifications proposed by City Council include: removing Westwood Boulevard from the BEN and in its stead adding Gayley Avenue/Midvale Avenue; removing Central Avenue between Jefferson Boulevard and Imperial Highway from the BEN and in its stead adding Avalon Boulevard; adding a segment of Sen Pedro Street to the BEN; and amending the Neighborhood Enhanced Network to include 16th street in the Central City area.

Director of Planning initiated amendments
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The amendments involve two relatively minor revisions to the enhanced network maps. The map revisions would add Central Avenue between 1st Street and Imperial Highway to the Pedestrian Enhanced District, and would add Central Avenue between 95th Street and Imperial Highway to the Bicycle Enhanced Network.

If you are unable to appear at this meeting, you may submit your comments in writing. Written comments may be addressed to the City Planning Commission, Room 532, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or emailed to James Williams, james.k.williams@lacity.org.

Small Lot Code Amendment and Policy Update

June 8th, 2016

 

Due to the comments received during the public hearing and outreach process, the Department has taken additional time to further refine the language of both the Small Lot Code Amendment and Design Standards. Additional documents have been added such as a Summary Sheet, Revised Frequently Asked Questions, and an Overview of the Draft Map Standards. The latest draft of the Code Amendment and Design Standards includes refinements that are in response to the comments received.
 
The following documents are available on the Department of City Planning’s website (planning.lacity.org) under “News” and “Small Lot Code Amendment and Policy Update”: 
  • Summary Sheet
  • Revised Frequently Asked Questions
  • Draft Small Lot Code Amendment
  • Draft Small Lot Design Standards
  • Overview of the Draft Map Standards
The Small Lot Code Amendment and Design Standards are being issued for an additional round of public review and comment. Please direct your written comments or questions via email by August 8, 2016 to: