Updating the City's Community Plans
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 03, 2017 at 12:05 PM
This week, the Planning and Land Use Committee and the Los Angeles City Council voted to implement a plan to update Community Plans across the City.
The City has a responsibility to update and maintain our land use-specific Community Plans and General Plan, the documents and policies that guide and shape the growth of our City into the future.
Community Plans need to incorporate and balance a variety of priorities, including maintaining the integrity and stability of existing neighborhoods of all types, providing the ability for increased housing stock, protecting our natural and open space resources, maintaining economic vitality by preserving vibrant commercial areas with businesses of all sizes, and preserving industrial areas that provide high quality, good-paying jobs. The plans consider transportation initiatives and how these relate to land use patterns. At the end of this balancing act, we’ve created a blueprint for growth into the future.
As the guide for land use development across the City, many of our Community Plans have not been updated in years. The City has laid out a plan to commence these updates on a six-year cycle, and is considering an increase to the General Plan Maintenance Surcharge (applied to most permit application fees) to fund the acceleration from ten to six years.
Community Plans should provide a realistic set of expectations for neighbors on what development can happen where, while providing certainty of the rules for property owners who want to invest in communities. Updates and maintenance to these plans are needed to continually ensure that the community’s and City’s overall needs are being met.
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