WEST HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCEGENERAL PLAN RECOMMENDATIONSPreambleThe West Hollywood General Plan process has stretched out for nearly four yearsand the current draft General Plan does not reflect the oft stated concerns of the residentsnor does it offer a vision for the future that is consistent with the goal of preserving WestHollywood’s “urban village.” Our vision must be as unique as our community.It has become clear that the Staff of the City of West Hollywood has a vision for the City that is at odds with the will of the residents. The current plan exacerbatesdensity, gridlock and urban blight without any enhancements that would make WestHollywood more livable. Indeed the current proposed General Plan does not reflect thestated “core values” of the City and makes a mockery of the reasons we incorporated as aCity in 1984.More importantly, the current proposals do not protect the character of our neighborhoods. It is, in fact, a blue print for the destruction of existing rental housingthat will result in the displacement of thousands of long-term residents and render manyof our neighborhoods unaffordable.The General Plan process was represented to be an opportunity for the communityto chart its own future. Instead the voice of the residents has been ignored, public participation sabotaged and open debate throttled. We will not enumerate the numerouscomplaints about the process as those abuses are well documented. It will suffice to saythat the current General Plan process has been disappointing and duplicitous and does notreflect positively upon the management and elected officials of West Hollywood.We, as residents of West Hollywood, having participated in the General Plan process only to see our concerns and hopes for the future ignored, offer the followingrecommendations in a final attempt to forge a General Plan that balances the need for economic growth with the need to protect our community from thoughtless and shortsighted development. We demand a General Plan that includes all current residents inWest Hollywood’s long-term future and that is consistent with our community’s corevalues.Commercial DevelopmentStatement of Values:Commercial development in West Hollywood shouldenhance the pedestrian character of the City and maintain the “urban village” character of our community. Focus should be on low rise, human scale development that providesopportunities for the creation and preservation of unique, neighborhood serving businesses.