Category: Land Use

Los Angeles Transit Neighborhood Plans (LATNP) Program Workshops

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The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning is exploring ideas to encourage vibrant communities and employment hubs around the region’s growing transit network through the Los Angeles Transit Neighborhood Plans (LATNP) program. The planning effort looks out to the year 2040 and considers how new land use and zoning regulations for the neighborhoods around five Orange Line stations can promote active, walkable places and achieve State objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by planning for growth near transit. At these open houses, the community will have an opportunity to learn about:

• Community input received at workshops held in July 2016
• How community input is being incorporated into the initial concepts
• What the next steps in the planning process are

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Both meetings will consist of an overview presentation, followed by an open house featuring stations covering each geographic area. Drop in any time during the open house to learn about the plan and provide feedback.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, visit www.latnp.org to:
• View materials and learn about the planning effort
• Provide feedback and ideas
• Sign up for the interest list

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Laura Krawczyk
[email protected]
213.978.1212

A Tentative Compromise is Reached

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At the February 7th hearing on the San Fernando Mission Blvd/Woodley project, a compromise was reached in principle. Harridge Development has two weeks to submit a new design. Everyone will then have two weeks after that to submit comments, suggestions, and objections to the city planner.

Here is the summary of what Councilmember Englander said about the proposed compromise:

Two main choices:
300 apartments or 330 condos
(the differential is probably to provide incentive to build condos, which cost more and don’t provide a steady stream of revenue).

For either option:

  • Move Woodley driveway south 40 ft, as previously offered, buffered from the school by landscape only, to provide sight lines; right turn only
  • Put in a median on Woodley (must be approved by LADOT). Prevents more dangerous left turns and prevents northbound residents from entering that way, so number of cars are decreased).
  • Do a new geological study including drilling new soil test wells closer to Bull Creek, by independent consultant
  • Do a revised Traffic study by independent consultant
  • Provide a community room
  • Height maximum 45′ as in the Specific Plan (and better if lower in front)
  • Change “very low income” units to “moderate low income”.
  • No studios (this one was softer, maybe allow 20 depending on design)
  • Keep the record open for comments for 2 weeks after submitted.

Harridge picked the option for condos, which was one of the main points heard from neighbors because of “pride of ownership” – if you own a property you tend to take better care of it.

At around February 22 we should have the new design to review, though this might slip by a couple of days.

We are working on setting up a meeting after the new documents are available, and we will notify you.

SF Mission/Woodley Apartment Complex Tuesday Meeting Location Has Changed

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Regarding the proposed 440 apartment development at San Fernando Mission and Woodley

Attend the community meeting to coordinate our actions

Tuesday December 27th at 7 PM

LOCATION HAS CHANGED:
Granada Hills Women’s Club
10666 White Oak Avenue 
Granada Hills 91344

For more information:
[email protected]
818-804-0095

Public Meeting Tonight to Discuss Large Development Project in Granada Hills

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:30PM

Granada Hills High School Room A7
10535 Zelzah Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

The Department of City Planning and the Granada Hills Specific Plan Design Review Board invite you to attend a meeting regarding the proposed projects identified below. The law requires that property owners and residents living next to the project site be notified of this hearing. If you do not wish to attend the hearing, you may ignore this notice. The hearing involves the projects described below:

Case Nos. DIR-2016-3076-DRB-SPP-DB-SPR
Address: 16201-16301 San Fernando Mission Blvd. and 11147-11155 Woodley Ave.
Applicant: Marc Annotti, Harridge Development Group
Representative: Erika Iverson, Rosenheim & Associates, Inc.

Project Description: The project proposes the demolition of an existing shopping center and associated parking lots, and the construction, use, and maintenance of a new 500,000 square-foot mixed-use development consisting of 440 residential dwelling units and 64,650 square feet of commercial space, having a total of 937 on-site parking spaces within one basement and one subterranean level of parking on a 7.95 acre site. The project will be a maximum of 54 feet in height. The project is concurrently requesting a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the merger and re-subdivision of the project site for condominium purposes.  Read more »

Granada Hills Specific Plan Design Review Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

6:30pm

Granada Hills Charter High School, Room A7
10535 Zelzah Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

AGENDA

Regarding the construction proposal at San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Woodley Ave.

The project proposes the demolition of an existing shopping center and associated parking lots, and the construction, use, and maintenance
of a new 500,000 square-foot mixed-use development consisting of 440 residential dwelling units and 64,650 square feet of commercial space, having a total of 937 on-site parking spaces within one basement and one subterranean level of parking on a 7.95 acre site. The project will be a maximum of 54 feet in height. The project is concurrently requesting a Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the merger and re-subdivision of the project site for condominium purposes.

Two-Year Moratorium on LA Developments Qualifies for Ballot

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A proposal calling for a moratorium on building projects so big they require zoning or land-use exceptions, has qualified for the ballot.

The city clerk said today proponents of a ballot initiative that would temporarily halt development in Los Angeles have turned in enough signatures for the measure to go before voters.

The city clerk’s office examined a random sampling of the 103,816 signatures turned in by the Coalition to Preserve L.A. and found that the group’s petition met the minimum threshold of 61,487 valid signatures needed to qualify the measure for the ballot.

The City Council now has 20 days from Sept. 16 — the official issuance of the clerk’s sufficiency certificate — to decide if it wants to adopt the proposed ordinance as-is, without any changes, or put the issue before voters in a special election or regularly scheduled city or county election, the earliest of which would be in March.

The initiative would temporarily ban, for up to two years, projects that are denser, taller or contain more floor area than is allowed in existing zoning and land-use rules for the area.

Developers must routinely ask the city to grant exceptions — known as general plan amendments — for those types of projects to be built. The coalition contends the process has become standard practice and creates cozy relationships between City Council members and developers.
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Re:code L.A. Comes to the Valley Wednesday to Talk Updates to Zoning Code

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Re:code L.A. is holding a forum in Northridge Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm to talk with the community about the city’s $5 million, five-year effort to update its outdated zoning code.

I know. That announcement did not set you on fire. Believe me, I get it.

But you should still think about attending the forum or at least perusing the re:code website.

Here’s why. The zoning code was last fully updated (if that is even the right word) in 1946, when the scattered bits of code that had previously guided development were compiled to create a massive, somewhat unwieldy, and largely insufficient code for a growing suburban-style city.

As you might imagine, 1946 was a very different time in Los Angeles. Read more »

Limiting Mansionization throughout the City of Los Angeles

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On Tuesday, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee heard a Planning Department report on the City’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and the Department’s Neighborhood Conservation Initiative.

While the Planning Department begins work to close loopholes in the BMO and develop additional neighborhood conservation tools, the report recognizes that certain specific communities may need immediate relief. Councilman Englander introduced a friendly amendment asking that the Old Granada Hills area be added to this list of areas in need of protection.

The report will return to the Committee prior to moving to full Council for adoption.

Granada Hills-Knollwood Community Plan Update Moves Forward

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The draft of the new Granada Hills-Knollwood Community Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) are now available for community members to review.

The Community Plan is the long range land use plan for the area that will shape the future of the community, guide future growth, protect neighborhood character, and enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and invest in the area. Having a strong and updated Community Plan will ensure that we can preserve the character and quality of life in Granada Hills that we place such a high value on.

To see the proposed plan, map showing all of the recommendations, the DEIR and related materials, visit https://sites.google.com/site/granadahillsncp. A printed copy of the DEIR is also available for review at the Granada Hills Branch Library, located at 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills.

We encourage you to give your input on the new Plan and the DEIR by email, mail or fax to: Anna M. Vidal, Granada Hills-Knollwood Planner. Los Angeles Department of City Planning, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 430, Van Nuys, CA 91401. [email protected]. Phone: (818) 374-5043. Fax: (818) 374-9955.

Include “Granada Hills-Knollwood Community Plan” in the subject line. All comments on the DEIR must be received by Monday, Nov. 26. There will also be other opportunities to comment on the plan and proposed land use recommendations before they are adopted by City Council.

Please check the project website for the upcoming open house and public hearing coming this winter. Once this event is scheduled, the date and time will be posted on the website, and people who have subscribed to the notification list will receive a notice as well.

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