Archive for September, 2017

The City of Los Angeles Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance

September 23rd, 2017

The City of Los Angeles’ Planning Department has released a draft ordinance to improve the permitting process for permanent supportive housing (PSH) developments and is seeking comment and feedback from the public. The Planning Department will be holding two public hearings on the following dates and your support for this ordinance will be vital:

Monday, September 25, 2017

5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Marvin Braude Constituent Center

Public Meeting Room 1A
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Thursday, September 28, 2017

5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Los Angeles City Hall

Room 1060

200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

In addition to the hearings, the Planning Department will be receiving written public comment until October 30, 2017. You can access the draft ordinance here. A summary of the ordinance and frequently asked questions can be assessed by clicking here. Written comments can be submitted by e-mailing Cally Hardy at cally.hardy@lacity.org.

Voters in the City of Los Angeles approved Measure HHH in November 2016, which will raise $1.2 billion to construct 10,000 PSH units over the next decade. As the City begins to deploy the resources to construct these units, a PSH ordinance to improve the permitting and zoning processes will be instrumental in ensuring the City meets its goals. Your comments and support as service providers, housing developers, and community members are critically important in supporting the PSH ordinance.

MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES THE EXPANSION OF THE CITY’S SUPPORTIVE HOUSING LOAN FUND

September 23rd, 2017

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced $20 million in new funding for the City’s Supportive Housing Loan Fund (SHLF), lifting its total available funding to $60 million in support of the Mayor’s goal to build 1,000 new units of permanent supportive housing each year.

Managed by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), the SHLF loan fund is a public-private partnership that delivers capital to affordable housing builders, to help them acquire prime properties for permanent supportive housing. The SHLF can also cover the costs of developing plans and securing approvals.

“Every Angeleno deserves safe housing that they can afford  it is a basic human right,” said Mayor Garcetti. “When the public and private sectors join forces to serve the most vulnerable in our community, our ability to build housing and deliver services can reach new heights.”
“Foundations have the most impact when taking early risks to demonstrate solutions that work,” said California Community Foundation President & CEO Antonia Hernández. “We know that permanent supportive housing works to end homelessness, and we’re proud to work with other funders and the City to finance the early costs of providing homes for those most in need in Los Angeles.”

To streamline the approval process for PSH developments, Mayor Garcetti issued Executive Directive 13 — which directs city departments to expedite case processing for housing development projects with more than 20 percent of units dedicated as affordable. The City is also expanding the affordable housing pipeline through the disposition and development of City-owned land.

The expansion of the SHLF was made possible by $20 million in loans from four foundations: California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation. The SHLF is managed by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) which began in 2008 through a partnership with the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA).

Since 2008, the SHLF has invested nearly $70 million in more than 40 projects, resulting in 2,600 supportive and affordable apartments for formerly homeless Angelenos. Several of the projects include on-site services that extend benefits to the surrounding community — including health clinics that serve both building residents and neighbors.

Proposed Process Overhaul Released

September 23rd, 2017

Today, the re:code LA team of City Planning unveiled a proposal that will cut the number of project review processes in half. This new set of processes & procedures will maintain long-standing opportunities for public participation, and make it easier for both applicants and the public to clearly understand how the Department considers use and development proposals and how to navigate the decision-making process.
Join us online or in-person to learn more and let us know what you think!

Online: The proposed processes & procedures are posted on our project website’s MarkUp system and will be available for direct commenting from now until September 30, 2017. MarkUp lets you browse, download, and comment on draft documents, and provides a great opportunity to directly shape re:code LA. If this is your first time using MarkUp, we’ve prepared a quick walk-through on how it works.

In-person: City Planning held a series of open houses and public hearings in September to gather feedback on the proposal, after which time a revised recommendation will be considered by the City Planning Commission and City Council for approval.  

Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance at City Planning Commission: CPC-2017-2260-CA

September 23rd, 2017
On September 14, 2017 the City Planning Commission heard public comment and voted on the Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance. The following link will take you to the City Planning website where materials related to the ordinance are located:

The Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance is a proposed Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) amendment that would establish location and distancing requirements for commercial cannabis activity within the City. The Department of City Planning drafted the ordinance in response to the passage of Proposition M, which requires the City Council to repeal the City’s existing regulations concerning medical cannabis dispensaries and states the City’s intent to adopt a comprehensive regulatory process and structure for all medical and nonmedical commercial cannabis activity. The Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance is one component of that larger regulatory structure. This draft ordinance is limited in scope to restricting the location of various types of commercial cannabis activity.

Another component of the regulatory structure, an ordinance creating a Department of Cannabis Regulation and Cannabis Commission, has already been adopted by the City Council. Additional regulations regarding the specifics of the application and review/approval process, operating standards, enforcement, and other topics are being developed by other City departments and will be processed separately.

Draft operation requirements and regulations for cannabis businesses in the City of Los Angeles will be taken up by the REIG Committee on Mondayhttp://ens.lacity.org/clk/committeeagend/clkcommitteeagend3546114954_09252017.html

Cannabis Q&A

The draft ordinance:

• Allows certain defined commercial cannabis activity to take place in the City, so long as it is:

  • Conducted by persons operating under a State license.
  • Authorized by the City’s Department of Cannabis Regulation.
  • In compliance with the location restrictions specified in the ordinance, as well as with additional regulations.
  • Identifies zones within which specified types of commercial cannabis activity are eligible to operate.
  • Requires that cannabis retail activity with on-site sales observe a specified distance from sensitive sites, as well as from other cannabis retail activity with onsite sales.
Let your council office know your thoughts on the proposal.

HCID Needs Assessment Survey

September 23rd, 2017

As part of their community outreach and needs assessment, the LA Housing and Community Investment Department is conducting an online survey through SurveyMonkey.  This survey will help to measure the needs of various communities in Los Angeles and allow the City to determine what projects would have the greatest positive impact in upcoming years.  In order to obtain the most accurate results, they need to get the survey out to as many people as possible. Please take a moment to complete the survey and share it with your friends and neighbors. See the attached flyer for more information.

Survey Link: https://www.research.net/r/LosAngelesCityConPlan2017

Party House Ordinance

September 23rd, 2017

 The draft party house ordinance was released by the City Attorney’s office last night.  You can review it in the documents section of the council file here:

The ordinance primarily does the following, among other things:
– Substantially increases the types of activity that could allow enforcement against a party house.
– Allows for fines, or misdemeanors, to be brought against party organizers AND the person in charge of the house (owner or leaseholder).
– Any location cited under the ordinance will also be tagged with a public notice of the Loud and Unruly Gathering which took place on site, and the notice must remain posted for 30 days or incur further penalties.
– Provides for escalating penalties up to $4,000, or for locations where monetary fines are not persuasive, misdemeanors.
– It is now pending in Planning and Land Use Committee as well as Public Safety. We will push to have both of those committees schedule the item as soon as we are able.
You can sign up for updates on when it is scheduled by clicking ‘open letter’ icon at the top of the council file.

Register for the Last Complete Streets Training

September 23rd, 2017

Metro invites you to attend the upcoming Complete Streets Training Workshops. Please visit the Training website for more information.

Background:
To ensure widespread adoption and implementation of Complete Streets, cities and the County will need to demonstrate that they meet the requirement at the time they apply for future rounds of Metro capital grant funding. Metro encourages local jurisdictions to continue to move forward expediently with meeting the requirement.
Two-Day, In-Depth Curriculum:
Complete Streets Policy Development Process
Complete Streets Implementation from Interdepartmental Perspectives
Objectives:
Train applicable Metro staff and local government agency planners, engineers, decision-makers, traffic safety professionals, public health professionals, and community organizations on what makes a Complete Street.
Assist local jurisdictions to comply with State Assembly Bill 1358, Complete Streets Act of 2008 and Metro’s Complete Streets Policy.

Training Date and Location:
Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4, 2017  
8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Metro Headquarters, Board Room
1 Gateway Plaza 
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program (TOC Program)

September 22nd, 2017
Today, the Department of City Planning released the final guidelines for the Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Affordable Housing Incentive Program.
These TOC Guidelines launch a new incentive-based program for housing production, as required by Measure JJJ, approved by the voters on November 8, 2016.
Please visit our website for more information. Posted under “What’s New!” and “Ordinances” > “Proposed Ordinances” you will find the TOC Guidelines, the TOC Application Form, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.
The Priority Housing Project unit located on the 5th Fl of the Development Services Counter (201 N. Figueroa) will be the primary starting place for any project/application related questions (contact at DCPPHP@lacity.org).

Also, please know that you can utilize our zoning information and mapping system ZIMAS to locate the TOC Tiers identified for individual properties (type in an address, then click on TOC “Tier X” under the “planning and zoning” tab).

Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Policy Planning and Historic Resources Division: Citywide Unit
200 North Spring Street, Room 667, Los Angeles, 90012
matthew.glesne@lacity.org | 213.978.2666

 

Action Alert – Cell Tower Installations too close to home?

September 20th, 2017

Action Alert —Concerned about cell tower installations adjacent to your residence and around the neighborhood (and across the city and state)?

SB 649, the bill that eliminates local control over cell towers in the public right of way and on public property statewide, passed by only a few votes in the Assembly on 9/13 and the Senate on 9/14. Our Westside elected officials voted No.

WSSM strongly supports local control and joins those opposing SB 649, along with the California Dept. of Finance, the City and County of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti, LA City Council, and the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC). WSSM will be writing the Governor and urging a veto as well. Individual constituents and groups are encouraged to write to Gov. Brown ASAP email via the Gov’s Legislative Secretary Tom Dyer, tom.dyer@gov.ca.gov, and/or call 916-445-2841 or fax 916-558-3160

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160
https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov 39mail/

For more information see the following from the League of California Cities (among 260+ organizations, cities, counties and public officials statewide which oppose the bill):  ‪http://www.cacities.org/Top/News/Press-Releases/2017/Cities,-Counties-Urge-Gov-Brown-to-Veto-the-Big-T.  Their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/leagueofcacities/?fref=ts

Consider sharing this info in your own social media or email blasts . . .adapting the language as appropriate to reflect your own organizations’ position and/or any reference to your local elected officials.  Please help to get the word out and take action NOW!

Cannabis

September 15th, 2017

The Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee will be reviewing multiple Council Files on cannabis at a special meeting on September 25th.  All Neighborhood Councils should be weighing in with Community Impact Statements on the cannabis Council Files.  Please make your community’s voice heard on this important issue.