PlanCheckNC December Meeting Report

December 20th, 2016

Minutes: Dec. 4, 2016
Chair: Cindy Cleghorn –
Planning Dept. external relations staff (NCs, CDs, Plan Comm): Yeghig Keshishian (213) 978-1324

Accessory Dwelling Units: Presentation
Matthew Glesne, Planning Dept.-Housing Unit (213) 978-2666

Original State Law in 1982, revised in 2003 to force cities to enact their own laws. Most ignored, so a revised State Law takes effect in Jan. 2017. Goal is to increase housing via a fast, by-right process.
§  Cities are allowed to reduce maximum size (State’s maximum size is 1,200 sf).
§  Eliminated 10-ft. separation between buildings (Fire no longer requires).
§  No parking required if within 0.5 miles of transit stop or in historic district.
§  Cities cannot create restrictions for only ADUs, all restrictions must be citywide in the zoning code.

City proposal
Previous City ordinance was illegal because it required a discretionary approval CUP (State requires a by-right permit).
604 ADUs permitted since 2000, and only 400 issued Read the rest of this entry »

Accessory Dwelling Units

December 10th, 2016

Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner at the Department of City Planning presented the latest updates at the December 10 PlanCheckNC meeting on the draft Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance CPC-2016-4345-CA that will be at the City Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

On September 27th, 2016, Governor Brown signed two accessory dwelling unit bills into State law, Assembly Bill (AB) 2299 and Senate Bill (SB) 1069 that amended the State’s existing second unit law (Government Code Section 65852.2). These amendments to the existing second unit law go into effect on January 1, 2017. The new version of State law makes clear that City ordinances which do not align with State law shall be “null and void” and that, until which time a jurisdiction adopts its own ordinance, in accordance with State law, the state standards specified in section 65852.2 shall be enforced.

On Thursday the City Planning Commission will hear testimony regarding the City’s  code amendment to add a new sub Read the rest of this entry »

BMO/BHO Code Amendment at PLUM Committee Tuesday 11/29/16

November 22nd, 2016
The City Council’s Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will consider the Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside (BMO/BHO) Code Amendment at its scheduled meeting on Tuesday November 29, 2016. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will take place in the Edward R. Roybal Board of Public Works Hearing Room (Room 350) of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
An agenda for the PLUM meeting will become available in the next few days at the following link: 29 2016
The Council File (CF 14-0656) for the Code Amendment may be accessed here:
At the meeting, interested parties will have the opportunity to speak and submit written information on the Code Amendment. Please note that multiple items will be on the agenda and the BMO/BHO item may not be taken up until well after the noticed start time.
The Council will also accept written comments on the Code Amendment. Written comments may be sent to; please reference Council File #14-0656 in your correspondence.
For questions, please contact Niall Huffman, (213) 978-3405.
Thank you for your continued interest in the BMO/BHO Code Amendment.

Job Opportunity: Deputy Director of Planning

November 15th, 2016

The filing period may close on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm
or until sufficient resumes are received.


One Water LA Workshop #4

October 6th, 2016
The One Water LA Plan is well underway and we need your involvement and insights during this critical phase to help determine the Plan’s final content.

Please join us on October 26th for an important discussion on the following topics:
  • Project selection criteria finalization
  • Potential projects and project portfolio themes
  • Recommended policies
The draft products created as a result of Workshop #4 will serve as the foundation for major plan elements to be discussed in our final two workshops. So now is an especially important time to stay, or get involved.
When: Wednesday, October 26, 20161:00 PM to 4:00 PM (click to add to calendar)

Where: Goodwill Community Enrichment Center
3150 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, 90065

R1 Variation Zones Code Amendment Recommendation Report

October 6th, 2016

The Proposed R1 Variation Zones Code Amendment Recommendation Report to the City Planning Commission, as well as the Proposed Zone Change Recommendation Report for the Faircrest Heights, Crestview, Picfair Village, Wilshire Vista, La Brea Hancock, Larchmont Heights, South Hollywood and the Oaks of Los Feliz neighborhoods are now available online on the Neighborhood Conservation webpage under “Updates.”


Direct links to the reports are also available below.

These matters are scheduled to go before the City Planning Commission on Thursday, October 13 after 10 a.m. in Room 340 of City Hall (200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). The agenda for the City Planning Commission meeting will be posted online here.


Public comments can be submitted to Please be sure to include the case number in the communication.


For updates, follow us online:


Should you have any questions please contact When emailing please reference the case number in the subject line and “Code Amendment” or “Zone Change” (e.g.,CPC-2016-2110-CA; Code Amendment or CPC-2016-2112-ZC; Zone Change).


Thank you!

Neighborhood Conservation Team
Department of City Planning

HPOZ | Community Planning | Code Studies

Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance Recommendation Report

October 6th, 2016
The Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance Recommendation Report is now available on the Department’s website:
The October 13th CPC Agenda has not yet been posted, but you can continue to check the following link:
If you cannot attend the CPC meeting in person, you should be able to listen to it by calling (213) 621-CITY. More information on Council Phone can be viewed here.
The Commission has adopted rules regarding written submissions, including Day of Hearing Submissions, which can be viewed here.
Please don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions. I will be out of the office tomorrow, but will respond when I return on Tuesday, October 11th.
Thank you for your time and attention.

Planning & Land Use 101 – Oct. 8 in Glassell Park

September 26th, 2016

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 — 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-7-16-29-amFREE Planning & Land Use 101 crash course with special guests
Craig Weber | Principal City Planner
Department of City Planning | City of Los Angeles
Haydee Urita-Lopez|City Planner
Community Planning Bureau | Boyle Heights Plan | City of Los Angeles
Glassell Park Community Center
3750 Verdugo

What Happened at the Last PlanCheckNC meeting?

August 24th, 2016

PlanCheckNC – Los Angeles


Minutes: Aug. 13, 2016

Chair: Cindy Cleghorn –

1. General


2. Presentation: Ron Ziff, MTA’s bond ballot measure

Proposal: Extend existing $.05 sales tax (enacted by Measure R in 2008, ends in 2039) and new $.05 sales tax in perpetuity.

“Moral” issue with indefinite sales that future generations must pay (converse is that future generations may appreciate that their ancestors created a good funding mechanism), and that government may get complacent and fail to spend if efficiently.

MTA proposes 87 transportation projects, including Sepulveda Pass, Orange Line rail conversion, East Valley corridor.

Valley has 20% of population but only 3-6% of funding (although in 2000 Valley voted against subway).

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Small Lot Code Amendment: Staff Report to City Planning Commission Now Available

August 18th, 2016
Screen shot 2016-08-18 at 5.58.21 PMOn August 25, 2016, the City Planning Commission will consider the proposed update to the Small Lot Subdivision (“SLS”) Ordinance and make a recommendation to the City Council. The proposed Code Amendment is part of a comprehensive update of the existing SLS Ordinance, and is in response to the input received throughout the public comment process. Changes may still be made before the City Council’s final decision.