Greetings Angelenos,

The City around us is rapidly changing. Nowhere is the pace of change more apparent than in Downtown. New housing projects, commercial development, and amenities are revitalizing Los Angeles’s urban core.

We are planning for that changing landscape. Today, we are updating our Community Plan and Zoning Code with regulations that are tailored to Downtown’s distinct neighborhoods—regulations that will elevate the form of a new building while increasing flexib ility for its uses .

From a practical standpoint, proposed new regulations will allow us to move toward a hybrid Zoning Code—one that will prioritize both the physical form of a building (i.e., its scale and massing) and its associated use (e.g., commercial or residential), ensuring that our development interests align with those of our communities. 

We are excited to be heading in this direction. This is the first time Los Angeles has comprehensively revised its zoning since 1946, and the Downtown Community Plan will be the first to incorporate our new zoning as part of the update process. 

I encourage you to visit our Interactive Zoning Map to experience for yourself the newly proposed zoning tools we’ve developed for our Downtown Community Plan.  


Together, we are Planning for LA .  
Vince Bertoni,
Director of Planning
DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES
Quarterly Planning Report:
New Housing and Development Trends 
On November 21, City Planning published its redesigned and expanded Quarterly Report. In addition to general news and features on planning in the City of Los Angeles, the report highlights housing, historic preservation, and legislative updates.

This is the first issue of the Quarterly Report in its expanded format, with a clean, modern design that is inviting and easy to read. The new layout offers additional narrative and context on key planning initiatives. Both the organization and the content are intended to keep local residents and the business community better informed on planning initiatives and work programs.

Moving forward, the Quarterly Report will offer a more complete assessment of the work of City Planning, bringing together housing construction, legislative actions, historic preservation, and updates to the Community Plans and Zoning Code in one centralized location.

Increasing Staffing Levels for Project Review
In November, City Planning hired five new planners to support the work of the Major Projects Section and the processing of cases that require Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs). Since its establishment in 2010, Major Projects has advanced a significant number of catalytic projects, resulting in new jobs, housing, and neighborhood-serving amenities.
 
The majority of the project-related EIRs City Planning is currently processing are located within the Central Area. This geography, comprising Downtown, Hollywood, and Koreatown, encompasses 47 of the 78 project-related EIRs now underway.
 
Click  here  to learn more about these projects on the Major Projects Story Map. By using the latest in GIS technology, City Planning is now able to map project locations, providing visual context for and relevant information on specific projects within its jurisdiction.
Vacation Rental Ordinance: Enabling New Neighborhood Protections
On November 22, City Planning released a draft ordinance to regulate vacation rentals, or non-primary residences that are used for the purposes of short-term lodging for visitors. In order for a housing unit to be used as a vacation rental, it must be a second home that is occasionally occupied by the owner, meaning these units are otherwise unavailable for long-term housing for Angelenos.

The goal of the ordinance is to allow short-term rentals of qualifying second homes on a limited basis while protecting the City's supply of long-term housing. The ordinance seeks to limit the number of permits that can be issued to any individual to just one, and to establish new restrictions on when and where vacation rentals may operate, including a citywide cap on the total number of permitted vacation rentals. 

City Planning will advance the proposed framework to the City Planning Commission (CPC) in December 2019 for further direction. The last time CPC discussed vacation rentals was June 2016. The CPC meeting in December presents an opportunity for its members to weigh in on the proposed ordinance and provide direction to City Planning staff. The meeting will include a hearing on vacation rentals during which the public may offer testimony. 

OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
Wildlife Pilot Study Hosts Second Open House Focused
on Biodiversity, Resilience, and Sustainability 
On November 16, the Citywide Policy Division hosted the second open house for the Wildlife Pilot Study Program. This event was Angelenos’ first opportunity to meet City Planning’s new Wildlife Ecologist, Kat Superfisky. In her role as Wildlife Ecologist, Kat will bring a scientist's perspective to creating regulations that will protect species and habitats.

Los Angeles is home to trailing waterways, scenic mountains, and open spaces. The Wildlife Pilot Study aims to support the City's ecological goals by conserving and protecting sensitive habitats through the introduction of new land use regulations.

The Wildlife Pilot Study currently encompasses a large area of the Santa Monica Mountains between the 405 and 101 Freeways. This area was selected for the Pilot Study because it represents a mix of residential lots and large, undeveloped open space and natural areas. 
City Planning Shares Best Practices with Other City Departments
On November 14, Public Relations Specialist Rayna Plummer was invited to speak to other departments and elected offices in the City of Los Angeles about City Planning's recent efforts to consolidate its online communications.

Each month, the City's Information Technology Agency convenes communications staff to discuss ways of making communications more effective, strategic, and creative. Rayna reviewed some of the steps City Planning has taken over the past year to establish a more consistent and recognizable identity, such as centralizing its web presence and digital assets, establishing a distinctive social media voice, and selecting a color palette that reflects core values.

Click  here  to visit the website and stay up to date on the latest planning news. 
City Planning and Westwood Village Improvement Association Discuss the Future of Westwood
On November 7, Director of Planning Vince Bertoni delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Westwood Village Improvement Association. During his remarks, Vince emphasized City Planning's role in the fight against climate change and the ways land use policies can advance sustainability. 

Most recently, City Planning adopted Citywide Design Guidelines that encompass two new principles: pedestrian-first design and climate-adapted design—encouraging development that is accessible, walkable, and people-focused. The guidelines promote healthy living and social interaction while reducing the need for imported water and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Ongoing dialogues with the City’s neighborhoods are key to building trust and strengthening relationships with stakeholders across Los Angeles. City Planning’s leadership demonstrates its commitment to openness and accountability by engaging in local discussions, taking questions about programs and policies, and sharing new information about key planning initiatives. 
OCTOBER METRICS
Hearings and Events
Development Trends
COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATES
The Downtown Community Plan Team held two open houses in November as part of a multi-year effort to update Downtown’s zoning regulations. The events provided the public with an opportunity to view the draft policies and goals, and to learn about the proposed new zoning across the plan area. 
 
Downtown has evolved considerably since its last Community Plan updates. There has been a significant investment in the regional transportation system, and new industries and jobs have migrated to Downtown—including clean tech jobs.

City Planning is updating the Downtown Community Plan to ensure that Downtown’s zoning continues to accommodate a healthy balance of jobs and housing for its current and future needs.
  • Preparing Draft Environmental Impact Report
  • Scoping Meeting conducted in August
  • Preparing Draft Environmental Impact Report
  • Concept workshops conducted in July and August 2019
  • Feedback from concepts workshops will be released soon
  • Preparing Draft Environmental Impact Report
TAKE ME BACK TUESDAY
The holidays are here, and in the City of Los Angeles, that means it is time for See’s Candy. Did you know that the original See’s Candy Shop and Kitchen #1 (originally located near the intersection of Western Avenue and First Street) is designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #959? 

Canadian chocolate salesman Charles A. See launched the company after moving to Los Angeles with his family and widowed mother, Mary See. He opened the first shop in the Oakwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, selling Mary's confections made from her own original recipes. 

Today, See’s Candy is California’s largest boxed chocolate manufacturer and is found in 10 states and four countries with more than 200 shops. The location received Historic-Cultural Monument status because of its cultural, economic, and social contributions to the nation, California, and the local community.
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
On November 21, the City Planning Commission approved a development project involving the construction of
98 new affordable housing units in the Venice Coastal Zone. The project is a public-private joint redevelopment
of a vacant, City-owned site that was previously used as a maintenance yard, known as “Thatcher Yard.”

Of the project’s 98 dwelling units,
68 will be set aside for senior citizens
and 30 for formerly homeless families.
In addition, the project will provide onsite supportive services available to all residents.
TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT
New Housing Progress Dashboard Goes Live

On November 20, City Planning went live with a comprehensive look at Los Angeles's housing production. The new, interactive Housing Progress Dashboard displays housing activity and trends across the entire 469-square-mile area of the City of Los Angeles.
 
The Housing Progress Dashboard includes information on proposed and approved housing units that are seeking planning entitlements. It provides visual context for and relevant information about housing projects—including a breakdown of the affordability level and geographic location of each unit across the entire City of Los Angeles.
 
A notable feature of the Housing Progress Dashboard is its ability to link each housing unit to a planning entitlement or local housing incentive program. This feature allows City Planning staff and the public at large to examine development trends over the course of a five-year period.
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
UPCOMING CALENDAR
CicLAvia - The Valley 
Orange Line TNP Community Meeting
Orange Line TNP Open House in NoHo
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Planning Commission Meetings
(City Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Commission, Area Planning Commissions)

Click Here for Commissions and
Hearings Calendar
Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee Meetings

Every Tuesday at 2:30 PM
*The PLUM Committee will be in recess from December 13, 2019 to January 10, 2020
Click Here for Meeting Calendar, Audio, Agendas, and Minutes
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