Archive for the ‘City Planning’ Category

Report of August 8 Meeting & Matrix

August 10th, 2015

PlanCheck Report on the August 8 meeting – Lisa Webber, Deputy Director at L.A. City Planning Department presented the latest updates at City Planning.  A copy of her PowerPoint presentation will be posted later.  In the meantime, here are notes from the meeting

Min PlanCheckNC 15.8

Here is the link to the latest updated PlanCheckNC Matrix

PLANCHECK MATRIX SUMMER 2015 UPDATE 4

City Planning Newsletter – Spring 2015

April 15th, 2015

CityPlanning Newsletter

PlanCheckNC Meeting 1-11-14

January 9th, 2014

Happy New Year !

Join us this Saturday for the first meeting of 2014.  Simon will return to PlanCheckNC with updates on the Design Guidelines and how neighborhood councils and community groups can use these great tools to improve their communities.  Please share this invitation with your land use committee members. Meeting will be held at the Hollenbeck Police Station.  See front page of the PlanCheckNCLA.com website for the address and map link.  Looking forward to seeing you.

Citywide Design Guidelines at CPC on Dec 13

December 6th, 2012

The Citywide Design Guidelines Ordinance is going to CPC on December 13th. The project description is:

The proposed ordinance (Appendix A) modifies Section 11.5.4 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to require that select discretionary projects comply with the Citywide Design Guidelines adopted by the City Planning Commission and makes minor technical corrections.

Due to a 150 page attachment (the Citywide Design Guidelines themselves), the staff report is too large to send by e-mail.

The direct link to the staff report is:  http://cityplanning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/CitywideSignOrd/DesignGuidelines.pdf

Please note that it may take a few moments to load due to the file size.

The staff report can also be accessed by going to:

1) go to www.planning.lacity.org
2) click on Ordinances (tab listed on the left side)
3) click on Proposed Ordinances
4) click on Citywide Design Guidelines Ordinance

For further information on the Citywide Design Guidelines please contact:

Deborah Kahen, AICP
City of Los Angeles | Code Studies
Department of City Planning
deborah.kahen@lacity. org | 213 978 1202

PlanCheckNC meets Sat Aug 11 at 10 a.m.

August 9th, 2012

How LADBS, LAHD and City Planning Work together.  Saturday’s program will be moderated by PlanCheckNC’s own Marlene Savage and will include Alan Bell from City Planning and Dave Lara from Building and Safety.  We’ve invited LAHD and hope they will particiapte as well.  Meeting starts promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at 12 noon.

See you Saturday morning!

IMPORTANT: You are Invited to Help Reform the City’s Development Review Process

February 6th, 2011

Community Invitation

IMPORTANT:  Please share with your neighbors and invite their participation at these upcoming Community Meetings regarding Reforming the City’s Development process.  You can make a difference!

Dear Community Stakeholder:

The City of Los Angeles is committed to reforming the City’s Development Review Process. Once the Department of City Planning has determined that a homeowner’s remodeling project or a developer’s complex complies with the City’s General Plan, many complain that the design, permitting, and review processes are cumbersome.

Therefore, the goals of the reform effort are to reduce processing times, increase transparency, and make the process easier to understand for all stakeholders. The City has engaged KH Consulting Group (KH) to assist in the reform effort. As an important part of the reform process, we need to hear from our external stakeholders. We are therefore inviting key community leaders to provide us with input on what improvements are needed in moving forward versus rehashing the problems of the past.

The four following forums will be held specifically for the community:

Date: February 9, 2011
Time: 6:DO pm-8:00 pm
Place: Marvin Braude San Fernando
Valley Constituent Service Center
Conference Room lB (ln floor)
6262 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Date: February 10, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Glassell Senior Citizen Center
37S0 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles, CA 9006S

Date: February 16, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Felicia Mahood Senior Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Date: February 17, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Exposition Park
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
Regional Branch Library
3900 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028

We look forward to your participation and insights.

Please RSVP to Claudia Rodriguez at the ,Department of City Planning at 213-978-1283 or
claudia.rodriguez@lacity.org. or online at: http://www.surveymk.com/s/2RSVP

City Planning to host Informational Meetings

September 18th, 2010

Note: This notice arrived end of day Friday. The Oct. 9 date and time conflicts with PlanCheck’s already confirmed meeting. Also the deadline for comments is the day before the Oct. 9 meeting. We are working to reconfirm these meeting dates and times and will post here when we know. Thank you.

Please share with your distribution lists:

The Department of City Planning invites you to attend one of four upcoming informational meetings about the proposed Core Findings and Community Care Facilities Code Amendments. For more information about both of these efforts including the staff report and draft ordinances, please see the “What’s New” section of the Planning Department’s homepage: * www.planning.lacity.org*

Meetings will be held on September 25th, and October 2nd, 6th and 9th at the
following times and locations:

SOUTH LA
September 25, 10 am – 2 pm
Betty Hill Senior Center
3570 S. Denker Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(auditorium)

NORTHEAST LA
October 2, 10 am – 2 pm
El Sereno Recreation Center
4721 Klamath Street
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(community room)

WEST LA
October 6, 5-9 pm
Felicia Mahood Senior Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(auditorium)

VALLEY
October 9, 10 am – 2 pm
Marvin Braude Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91401
(1st floor meeting room)

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
10/7: Last day for formal written comments to Commission Secretariat on Core
Findings & Community Care (Please note that comments are also taken at CPC on these items both verbal and in writing) 10/14: CPC Meeting, Thursday, after 8:30am, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1010, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please see the attached flyer for more information about these information sessions.

For questions, please contact Gabriela Juarez at
gabriela.juarez@lacity.org or (213) 978-1337.

Gabriela Juarez
Department of City Planning
Code Studies Section
200 N Spring St, Room #763
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mailstop: 395
Ph: (213) 978-1337
Fax: (213) 978-1334

Community Care Facilities Staff Report

September 12th, 2010

Copy just received. The public hearing for Community Care Facilities (also known as Sober Living homes) is scheduled for October 14, 2010 before the City Planning Commission. The staff report has been released by the City Planning Department with a Sept. 15, 2010 (this week) deadline for comments.

Please review the document and submit comments, ASAP.

Click here for the staff report

PlanCheckNCLA Newsletter

September 8th, 2010

Click Here for PlanCheckNCLA News

Zoning Code Simplification

August 26th, 2010

The Core Zoning Code case that is going before the Planning Commission on October 14, 2010, is the first of the six components of the Core Zoning Code Simplification work program that was laid out to PlanCheckNC at our June meeting. The original work program flyer is attached. This flyer identifies the six components. As you will note the schedule has been modified. In July were told that it would be late September or early October when the first of the six components would go before the Planning Commission.

The first component has now been scheduled for the October 14, 2010, Planning Commission Meeting. The staff report is attached for your review. This was originally scheduled for July 2010.

Multiple Entitlements/Approvals: Synchronize the expiration periods for projects with two or more discretionary land use approvals
Core Findings: Eliminate redundancy and update core findings to provide a better framework for analyzing the merits of proposed development projects

Alan Bell will be at PlanCheckNC on September 11 to present a status update and answer questions.

As we know from experience, the actual language of the changes can be critically important. We have been told that it is Planning Department policy to not release the actual document until it is given to the Planning Commission. Speakers at this meeting should request time to review the actual text as presented, in order to provide comment prior to the Commission vote. Also, attached is a resolution prepared by Jeff Jacobberger that provides a sample for requesting additional time to review the materials.

In terms of reviewing the content, Alan Bell will be invited to attend PlanCheckNC Programs through this work program and NCs may want to develop their own positions as well. Attached is a chart prepared by Sharon Commins that will provide some guidance in researching these issues.

PlanCheckNC will meet twice before the October Planning Commission meeting. There is also time to get this issue on the agenda’s of individual NCs. Hopefully many of you have already begun the discussions regarding this work program.and have a start on how to approach potential changes. We still have no assurances of when we will have the details of what is being proposed. The critical issue is getting time to review and react to the actual changes as proposed to the code. Sixty days should be requested. The clock on the review should not start until the proposed changes are available. There is no time to follow-up on the issues of review and comment if this moves through the system too quickly.

Also, in addition to sending a copy of your resolution/comments to Alan Bell, be sure to include copy to your Council Person and the Planning Deputy, PlanCheckNC (maggi4F@gmail.com) and any other alliances or groups you are working with on this issue.

Maggi Fajnor, Chair
PlanCheckNC
Please note my new e-mail address
maggi4f@gmail.com

2010 oct findingsreport_without_CEQA[1]

Code Simplificiation Work Program[1]

TIPS FOR RESEARCHING ZONING CODE (2)