August 2018
Your Source for Planning in Los Angeles
Greetings Angelenos!

I hope you've all had a wonderful summer — it's been a busy one for our Department!

We're gearing up to launch a special series of our Planning 101 training in the upcoming weeks. Our Westside and Harbor Community Planning teams will be hosting a number Planning 101s that will focus on community plans — how they work, what the update process looks like, and how you can get involved.

Please stay tuned for dates and locations near you. We hope to see you there!

Together, we are Planning for LA.
Vince Bertoni, AICP
Director of Planning
Planning Quarterly Newsletter
ICYMI: The Summer edition of the Department's quarterly newsletter is now available. Click here to read it now!

Inside This Issue:

  • Director's Message

  • Housing Progress Report

  • Environmental Impact Reports

  • Major Projects

  • Legislative Update

  • National Planning Conference

  • Staff Profile
Project Planning 101 Training Video Now Available
This past spring, the Department wrapped up the second series in the  Planning 101  training program.  Project Planning 101  covered the basic elements of the City's development process and key points for public participation.

More than 450 community members attended the seven training sessions across seven regions of the City.

Due to popular demand, a full-length  video   of the training is now available online. This presentation includes an overview of the Department's Project Planning Bureau, a review of project types and decision makers, and a discussion on the City's processes and procedures for case intake.
Home Sharing Update
In April, the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee directed staff to report back on the process for increasing the proposed cap on short-term rentals — also referred to as "home sharing."

The updated ordinance will be considered by City Planning Commission on September 13.
MViP Program
The Department recently initiated the first wave of proactive inspections under the Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Program (MViP). The primary purpose of the program is to monitor compliance of conditional use permits for alcohol sales and live entertainment in the City of Los Angeles.

Inspections will be conducted by the Department of Building and Safety — working in coordination with the Department of City Planning — to ensure that operational conditions are observed to keep surrounding communities safe.

For more information on MViP, click here .
Women in pLAnning
Last month, the Department's Employees' Workplace Action Committee hosted a panel discussion called "Women in pLAnning" as part of an ongoing lunch lab series. Participants heard from female leadership about personal and professional experiences, challenges, and perspectives.

Featured speakers included City Planning Commissioner Rene Dake Wilson, Deputy Director of Planning Lisa Webber, Principal City Planner Estineh Mailian, and Principal City Planner Arthi Varma. The panel was moderated by Principal City Planner Shana Bonstin.

Click here to see more Women in Planning.
Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ) Program
Last year, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ) Ordinance to implement a local program in accordance with Assembly Bill No. 551 .

Under the ordinance, owners of vacant land in the City of Los Angeles may be eligible for a property tax break if the property is used for active agricultural purposes.

For more information, program guidelines, or to access the UAIZ Program application, click here .
Project Focus
A new development of 99 small lot homes and a 64-unit multifamily residential apartment building was recently approved by the City Planning Commission.

This project — located at 7660-7702 and 7718-7728 North Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood — will also include four Very Low Income units.

Earlier this year, the City Council adopted the Department's revised Small Lot Ordinance and Design Standards . The ordinance increases housing opportunities within existing multifamily and commercial zones, while ensuring that new projects are compatible with the character and scale of surrounding neighborhoods.
Fun Fact: The Bradbury Building in  D owntown Los Angeles — designed by architect George H. Wynan — was inspired by 19th century science fiction. Ironically, almost 100 years after its completion, it was featured in the 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner.

This architectural landmark was designated a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument in 1962, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
Community Corner
Our Community Liaisons, Fabiola and Dylan, are YOUR connection to the Department — here to answer all your questions or address your concerns. 

Click here to read the most recent edition of the Community Corner — a resource for all things related to planning in Los Angeles. 

Fabiola Inzunza (Valley, West, South, and Harbor)
Dylan Sittig (Central and East)
Upcoming Calendar: July 2018
Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee Meetings

Every Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Click Here for Meeting Calendar, Audio, Agendas, and Minutes
Commission Meetings
(City Planning Commission, Area Planning Commissions, Cultural Heritage Commission)

Click Here  for Commissions and Hearings Calendar
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