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EmpowerLA Awards

February 16th, 2018

Has your Land Use Committee done something awesome?

Have you worked with an awesome City staffer?

Checkout this link for more info on how to nominate your Neighborhood Council for an award

February 10 meeting recap

February 16th, 2018

Featured in the EmpowerLA Newsletter.  Check it out and follow the link to the City Planning handout on

EmpowerLA Newsletter article

In-Lieu fees for non-replacement of protected trees ?

February 7th, 2018

The City has drafted an ordinance to accept in-lieu fees rather than plant trees.  What do you think about this ?

Hear more about this and the latest news at Saturday’s PlanCheck NC meeting.



Letter of Determination Now Available for Commercial Cannabis Signage Ordinance (CPC-2017-4546-CA)

January 26th, 2018

Dear Interested Parties,

The Department of City Planning has prepared the Letter of Determination for the proposed Commercial Cannabis Signage Ordinance (CPC-2017-4546-CA). On December 21, 2017, the City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the proposed ordinance. The Letter of Determination serves as an official record of the Commission’s action and includes the text of the proposed ordinance as amended by the Commission. The Letter of Determination is attached to this message.
The ordinance will be considered next by the Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations (Rules) Committee of the City Council. The date of the hearing has not yet been determined. There are still several steps remaining in the adoption process, including:
  • Consideration of the ordinance by the City Council’s Rules Committee;

Appeal Fees

January 21st, 2018
Council File: 09-0969

Reports from Department of City Planning (DCP) and City Attorney, and draft Ordinance relative to amending Sections 19.00 through 19.10 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to update application and appeal fees to decrease the DCP’s reliance on the City’s General Fund. (Also referred to Budget and Finance Committee.)

Fiscal Impact Statement: No.

Community Impact Statement: Yes, by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Echo Park Neighborhood Council (formerly Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council), Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Council, Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council.

Public Hearing: The City of L.A. Consolidated Plan

October 10th, 2017

The City Council and Mayor approved the current plan in February 2017.

We are inviting public participation in planning for the City’s Five-Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan for April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2023.  These meetings will include review and comment on the Mayor’s Annual Consolidated Plan Draft Budget.

The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department invites you to participate in THREE (3) public hearings to be held for the purpose of reviewing and commenting on how federal funds are used by the City to help your community.

Also, 2017 Community Needs Assessment Survey
Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to


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.  

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:

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.