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 http://empowerla.org/empowerla-awards-2018-submit-your-nominations-save-the-date/

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  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/161a159fd154206b

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.

Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance @ PLUM

January 21st, 2018

Council File: 16-1045

The new Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance will be at PLUM on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.   If you have an interest in this ordiance, please plan to particpate at the meeting.

Link to PLUM agenda: http://ens.lacity.org/clk/committeeagend/clkcommitteeagend26118016_01232018.html


Categorical Exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Section 15061(b)(3) and related CEQA findings, reports from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission and City Attorney, draft Ordinance relative to amending Sections 12.03, 12.09 A.3 and 12.22 C.27 of

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Meeting Notes from December 9, 2017

December 10th, 2017

To All Neighborhood Council Land Use Committees:

Sending you some time sensitive information that was presented at last Saturday’s, December 9, 2017 PlanCheckNC meeting.   This is an opportunity for you to place these items on your upcoming meeting agendas and participate with comments and positions by your Neighborhood Councils to the respective City Council staff, commissions, committees and the full City Council.

Thank you to Tom Rothmann, Rubina Ghazarian, David Somers and Lisette Covarrubias from the Department of City Planning.  We also saw Jose Galdamez from EmpowerLA.

The Transportation Demand Management Ordinance presentation included a power point handout with Rubina Ghazarian, City Planner – Adopted in 1993 the new update will include context-based, project-specific strategies to increase equitable and multimodal access to goods and services. Over time, additional strategies can be included as transportation technologies and innovations emerge. The ordinance update will help implement Mayor Garcetti’s sustainability goals to fight climate change and create a more resilient City. The City of Los Angeles is also proposing a series of minor ordinance revisions to align proc Read the rest of this entry »

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 hcidla.planning@lacity.org.

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.


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.