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 Inormation andMap Access System – to give homeowners, businesses, potential homebuyers,and property owners a powerul way to ind detailed inormation about theirown property, or any property in the City.ZIMAS gives every Los Angeles resident or business the opportunity toind detailed inormation about governmental activity that may aect 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 beore making an oeror real estate.
Just a few of the valuable features ZIMAS now offers includesthe following:
Beore making an oer to purchase a property, search or whether theproperty is in a lood zone, ire hazard zone, coastal zone, high windvelocity area, methane zone, or liqueaction zone.
Find your City Council representative, local Certiied NeighborhoodCouncil, Community Plan, LAPD bureau, and other governmentalinormation.
Click on the link to the Department o Building and Saety’s “Property Activity Report” to access a summary o all recent building permits issuedor requested, as well as all code enorcement 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 inormation, 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 signiicantly reduces wait time orrendering maps, allows users three dierent options to customize their reportson a parcel, and provides links to Google Maps and Microsot 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 inormation 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 eect 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