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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.  

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


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 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:

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
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 or online at:

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: **

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

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

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

October 6, 5-9 pm
Felicia Mahood Senior Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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 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

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