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Annual CEQA Program – May 12

May 7th, 2012

Saturday, May 12 10:00 a.m. -1:00p.m.

Annual CEQA Program
Update Current Issues in City Land Use and Planning

Networking with Citywide Neighborhood Council and Community Representatives

PlanCheckNC Programs are held at the
The Community Exchange*
114 W 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mark your calendars and watch for more information
Please share with interested stakeholders.

Maggi Fajnor, Chair

Cindy Cleghorn, Communications & Outreach

Russell Brown, Educational Programs

*Parking available on Spring Street $5

Baseline Hillsie Ordinance Approved by City Council

March 8th, 2011

Greetings All:

This is to let you know that the Baseline Hillside Ordinance (CPC-2010-581-CA; Council File No. 10-1001) was heard by the City Council on Friday, March 4, 2010.  The Ordinance received 10 Yes votes and 0 No votes, and will go back to the City Council one more time for a “Second Reading” next Friday, March 18, 2011.  It will only need 8 votes to be officially adopted.

For more details, please refer to the online Council File at the following link:

What’s Next?

Please note that the number of days the Mayor has to act has been updated below.

According to Section 250 of the City Charter, the Mayor has 10 days to act on it – meaning he can act on it on the same day, or 10 days later.  Assuming the Mayor approves it, the City Clerk’s Office will then post the adopted Ordinance for a period of 10 days and a 30-day effective date will begin after that.  Simply put, the earliest an Ordinance can realistically go into effect  is 40 to 50 days after it is adopted by the City Council.

When we have an effective date, we will email the individuals on this interest list.
Projects in Early Design Stages, Submitted for Discretionary Actions, and/or in Plan Check

For those of individuals working on projects which are currently in the early design stages or is waiting for a discretionary action of some sort, please use the information above to gauge whether you will be able to submit for plan check prior to the effective date of the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance.  Just to clarify for all, any property zoned R1, RS, RE, or RA which is designated as Hillside Area pursuant to Section 12.03 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) will eventually be subject to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance if it is adopted by the City Council; please refer to ZIMAS ( under the “Planning and Zoning” tab to find your “Hillside Area (Zoning Code)” designation.

Pursuant to Section 12.26 A.3 of the LAMC, any project which is accepted by the Department of Building and Safety for plan check with a complete set of plans and for which the fees have been paid prior to the effective date of an Ordinance will be considered to be a Vested Development Plan; meaning that the applicable regulations in place prior to this change will continue to apply.  However, there are some limitations to this provision that you should be aware of, but the more relevant ones are that you have 18 months after the fee is paid, and that you cannot make changes to those plans which increase or decrease the height, floor area, or occupant load of the proposed structure by more than 5%.  Feel free to reference our online Municipal Code for more details (; go to Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 12.26, Subsection A, Subdivision 3.

The only way to “vest” a typical single-family development project under the current Code is through the Vested Development Plan provision summarized above.  Applications for, or approval of discretionary actions (i.e. Zoning Administration Determinations, Adjustments, Variances, etc.) prior to the effective date does not confer vesting rights to a project.  If you are not able to submit for plan check to the Department of Building & Safety prior to the effective date of the Baseline Hillside Ordinance, it is recommended that you consider the proposed hillside provision when making design choices or determining a course of action.

Useful Links
April 22, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report:
May 27, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report:
City Planning Commission Determination Letter:
City Attorney Report (contains the LATEST VERSION of the Ordinance):
Online Council File:

Feel free to share this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type “Add Me To Hillside Notification List” in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your ZIP Code).

Facebook™ Users: Look for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance page; add the page and receive updates in your news feed.  You can also view our events calendar and participate in discussion boards.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver at or at (818) 374-9916.
Erick Lopez, City Planner
City of Los Angeles – Department of City Planning
Office of Zoning Administration – Code Studies
200 N. Spring St., Room 701
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1323
(213) 978-0597 – fax

Multiple Approvals Procedural Revisions

February 25th, 2011

The Code Studies Section has released a new DRAFT ordinance known as “Multiple Approvals Procedural Revisions”.  This involves applications for development that require more than one approval.  We have heard at PlanCheck meetings that the goal is to align those approvals so they can be heard together instead of at different times.

A City Staff hearing will be held in Room 1070 at City Hall on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.   You are encouraged to review this DRAFT ordinance with your land use committees and neighborhood councils and also participate at the staff hearing on March 23.


Proposed Code Amendment for Bicycle Parking

February 18th, 2011

The proposed code amendment for bicycle parking spaces is scheduled for a staff hearing on March 30, 2011.  PLEASE NOTE:  The modified parking plan hearing is also being held on the same date.

Should you have any questions, you may contact Tom Rothmann at or at (213) 978-1370.

Proposed Shopping Cart Ordinance & Hearing Notice

February 18th, 2011

The City Planning Department has published the proposed onsite shopping cart containtment ordinance and scheduled a staff hearing on March 31, 2011.  Neighborhood Councils may wish to agendize and review this ordinance, submit comments to City Planning and participate at the staff hearing.

Questions ?  — City Planning Department Contact:  Gabriela Juarez at or at (213) 978-1337.

PlanCheck will also provide reminders and updates at upcoming PlanCheck meetings/events.


Modified Parking Requirement (MPR)

February 11th, 2011

The Planning Department is considering a new Modified Parking Requirement (MPR) Supplemental Use District.  The draft ordinance is being released along with the CEQA publication.  A hearing with staff (not the City Planning Commission) will be held on March 30, 2011.

Attached is electronic copy of the notice of public hearing for case number CPC-2007-2216-CA, Q&A sheet and proposed Ordinance text.  It is important to review this material and get your comments on record.  Please help disseminate this information through your networks and share your insights.

City Planning Department Staff contact is Tom Rothmann at (213) 978-1370 or

CPC-2007-2216-CA_Hearing Notice