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Planning Dept Newsletter

Planning Dept Newsletter

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Message fromthe Director
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ZIMAS CreatesPowerful Search Tool 
New version o ZIMASgives homeowners, businesses,potential homebuyers, andproperty owners a powerul tool.
Page 2
Bike Plan 
Goals and highlightso the 2010 Bicycle Plan.
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Staff Highlight  
SurveyLA Technology  Award recipient
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History of the Department  
 A timeline rom 1849-1996.
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Metro Public Counter
201 N. Figueroa St., 4th FloorLos Angeles, CA 90012(213) 482-7077
Valley Public Counter
6262 Van Nuys Blvd., 2nd FloorVan Nuys, CA 91401(818) 374-5050
The Department o City Planning has released the DratHollywood Community Plan and Drat EnvironmentalImpact Report (DEIR) — the frst o seven new Community Plans to be released by the Department or public review withinthe next year. Responding to requests rom the community,the comment period was extended through June 1, 2011.During the extended comment period sta in the Policy Planning Division are making the rounds o Hollywood’s tenneighborhood councils, reviewing highlights o the Drat Planand introducing the DEIR.The Drat Hollywood Community Plan promotes compact,transit-oriented development ocused around the Red LineMetroRail stations and major bus lines. Opening in 1993, theRed Line represents one o the largest public inrastructure in-vestments in Hollywood since 1988, the adoption date o the current Hollywood Community Plan. The Drat Plan supports this investment with proposals to raise Floor Area Ratios in theRegional Commercial Center and along commercial corridors along the Red Line outside o the Regional Commercial Center. Removing Development Limitations to restore the citywidestandard Floor Area Ratio or commercial areas outside o the Regional Commercial Center isanother initiative.The protection o neighborhoods, historic resources, and alleys is also emphasized by the DratPlan. Projects located in Floor Area Incentive Areas which involve buildings identiied as ap-pearing to be eligible or listing in the National Register o Historic Resources,
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A quarterly newsletter providing news and informationregarding the City of Los Angeles Planning DepartmentIssue 1
Volume 1
Hollywood/Highland Red Line Station
 A Big Step Forward for the Hollywood Community Plan
by Mary Richardson -
City Planning Associate 
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
City On-Line System Creates Powerful Search ToolFor Homeowners, Businesses And Developers
by Ken Bernstein -
Principal City Planner 
In the Summer o 2010, the Los Angeles Department o City Planningunveiled an entirely new version o ZIMAS – the City’s Zone Inormation andMap Access System – to give homeowners, businesses, potential homebuyers,and property owners a powerul way to ind detailed inormation about theirown property, or any property in the City.ZIMAS gives every Los Angeles resident or business the opportunity toind detailed inormation about governmental activity that may aect theirneighborhood or their own property. In addition, all potential homebuyersor purchasers o commercial or industrial property should become aware o how much they can learn through a quick on-line ZIMAS search, whichshould be part o anyone’s “due diligence” activities beore making an oeror real estate.
 Just a few of the valuable features ZIMAS now offers includesthe following:
Beore making an oer to purchase a property, search or whether theproperty is in a lood zone, ire hazard zone, coastal zone, high windvelocity area, methane zone, or liqueaction zone.
Find your City Council representative, local Certiied NeighborhoodCouncil, Community Plan, LAPD bureau, and other governmentalinormation.
Click on the link to the Department o Building and Saety’s “Property  Activity Report” to access a summary o all recent building permits issuedor requested, as well as all code enorcement actions, or any property citywide.
Click on the links to all prior Planning cases to track the history o planning approvals or any site and (or cases decided since 2001) to pullup the scanned documents associated with these past planning approvals.
Find out whether a property includes a designated historic structure,or is located within one o the City’s 27 Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs).
Find out about census tract inormation, County Assessor’s data, andeconomic development programs such as State Enterprise Zones, orBusiness Improvement Districts.
Measure distances between parcels using the ZIMAS maps’ “measure tool”or use the maps’ “radius tool” to see what properties or sensitive land usesare within a 500’ radius, 1,000’ radius, or any selected distance rom agiven parcel.In addition, the new version o ZIMAS signiicantly reduces wait time orrendering maps, allows users three dierent options to customize their reportson a parcel, and provides links to Google Maps and Microsot Bing maps. Youmay access ZIMAS on the website by typing the ollowing address in your webbrowser: http://zimas.lacity.org/.
A MessageFrom the Director
 Welcome to our frst quarterly newsletter, created to providetimely inormation to you, a City stakeholder. Each newsletter willhighlight a community plan area,citywide programs being workedon or implemented, and otherpertinent updates.On February 22, 2011, the new Reorganization Plan, highlightedin “Blueprint 2010-2011,” took eect within the Department.Some units were consolidated while others were newly created,and ten Geographic CoordinationTeams were ormed to better uti-lize the current level o resourcesthat we have.In addition to operating underthe new Reorganization Plan,the Department has also been working diligently with KH Con-sulting Group and Woolpert, theconsulting team helping the City implement a more streamlined,common sense way to review development applications.The past ew months have beena time o signifcant change orthe Department. While we acethe challenge o “doing more withless,” we are always striving to im-prove the way we work. We look orward to continuing to partner with the community to ulfll ourmission o creating healthy andsustainable neighborhoods allacross Los Angeles.
Michael J. LoGrande
Director of Planning 
Los Angeles Welcomes a Bicycle Plan
by Jordann Turner -
City Planning Associate 
The 2010 Bicycle Plan, prepared by the Department of City Planning, was approved by City Council onMarch 1, 2011 and is a comprehensive update of the City’s existing Bicycle Plan, originally approved by theCity Council in 1996 and last re-adopted in 2007. The Plan serves as the City’s blueprint for meeting theneeds of all bicyclists and improving bicycling conditions in the City. The Plan establishes three main goals:
Increase the number and type of bicyclists who bicycle in the City 
Make every street a safe place to ride a bicycle
Make the City of Los Angeles a bicycle-friendly community 
Highlights of the 2010 Bicycle Plan include the:
Designation of over 1,600 miles of bicycle facilities (bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, and bicycle routes/bi-cycle friendly streets) connecting all parts of the City (an increase of approximately 900 miles from the1996 Bicycle Plan);
Creation of three new bikeway Networks (Backbone, Neighborhood, Green) that will focus futurebikeway improvements and other associated education, enforcement, encouragement, and equity programs;
Introduction of “bicycle-friendly streets” as the backbone to the Neighborhood Network geared towardbicyclists who are more comfortable on streets with less traffic volumes;
Introduction of an on-going Five-Year Implementation Strategy to design and construct 200 miles of bikeways every five years;
 Adoption of a comprehensive Technical Design Handbook to guide the design of bicycle facilities; and
Updated goals, objectives, policies, and programs to support the implementation of the Plan.The Bicycle Plan was heralded at a March 2nd press conference hosted by Mayor Villaraigosa and willbe awarded the 2011 "Hard Won Victory Award" by the American Planning Association's Los AngelesChapter at a ceremony in June.
SurveyLATechnology Awardto Fae Tsukamoto
Fae Tsukamoto, GIS DatabaseMaintenance Supervisor for theDepartment of City Planning'sSystems and GIS Division,received an Outstanding ITManager Award from the Los Angeles Technology Forumand Government Technology Magazine. The award waspresented in recognition of her central role in supervisingthe pioneering informationmanagement program forSurveyLA, the Los AngelesHistoric Resources Survey.
Congratulations, Fae!
Bicyclists at Grifth Park  A glimpse of Hollywood 
Hollywood Plan
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must be approved by the Office of Historic Resources. To provide transi-tion in scale between the commercialdistrict in downtown Hollywood andthe lower scale residential neighbor-hoods surrounding it, planning staff has endorsed guidelines and standardsfor the Regional Commercial Center. Since most of the Draft Plan’s proposed in-creases in density and intensity are located in the Regional Center, it is importantthat development in this area be well-designed.Keeping existing alleys open, well-maintained and accessible for public use is a goal of the Draft Plan. Alleys improve circulation by providing thoroughfares for pedestriansand bicyclists. Open space is an added bonus. Maintaining Hollywood’s alleys also helpsdeter the creation of pedestrian-unfriendly “superblocks”. The Draft Plan proposes an Alley Improvement Plan which ties alley improvements to new development. Adjustments to Street Standards are recommended. Modified Street Standards willalign existing Street Standards with the true function of Hollywood’s streets. AdjustingStreet Standards improves the walkability of streets by preserving existing parkwaysand wide sidewalks which exceed standard dimensions. The Draft Plan identifies streetsegments where new parkways and wider sidewalks are appropriate and feasible. A public hearing on the Draft Hollywood Community Plan will be held inthe summer 2011.

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