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code LA: MAPIT – Map Your Thoughts, Win A Prize


re:code LA: MAPIT – Map your thoughts, win a prize

Share your thoughts about your neighborhood. Through the month of February, everyone who posts an original neighborhood photo with a comment to MapIt will be entered into a random drawing to win a re:code LA prize!

Zoning is part of the story behind many of our everyday experiences: that vast, unshaded parking lot you had to cross from the sidewalk to the store entrance, the convenient bicycle parking space waiting for you, or that new building with solar panels down the street. MapIt creates a first-hand look at where zoning is and isn’t working in neighborhoods across the City. Share a photo and tell us what you like or don’t like about where you live, work or visit.

Join the conversation as re:code LA moves forward. Share your own observations from any web-enabled phone, tablet, or computer and watch the interactive map update. Log onto re:code.la to get started. Don’t forget to spread the word!

code LA Seeks Applicants


Seeking Applications for Zoning Advisory Committee

Join us in creating livable communities, encouraging sustainable development, and fostering economic vitality.

The City of Los Angeles is embarking on re:code LA, the first comprehensive revision of its Zoning Code in 67 years. Modernizing and streamlining the antiquated Code is a key component of the City’s Development Reform Strategic Plan and is one of the Department of City Planning’s (DCP) priority projects. DCP is seeking applications from local leaders and stakeholders to participate in a Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC), a policy-oriented body formed specifically to advise DCP on the code rewrite on this critical multi-year effort.

The ZAC will be composed of individuals representing a variety of stakeholder interests. Extra selection consideration will be given to applicants representing more than one stakeholder group. Individuals seeking to represent groups or organizations will need to submit a letter of support, on letterhead, for each listed. Each group or organization may choose to support multiple individuals, but will need to do so in writing. Stakeholder representation may include the following groups:

  • Architecture
  • Building Industry
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Engineering
  • Academia
  • Transportation
  • Professional Associations
  • Certified Neighborhood Councils
  • Homeowner Association Groups
  • Non-Affiliated Los Angeles Residents
  • Housing Advocates
  • Downtown Organizations
  • Other Stakeholder Groups

ZAC members are strongly encouraged to supply their own digital tablet or laptop computer, as documents and material will be delivered digitally in order to minimize the use of paper.

The 15 to 17 individuals selected for this committee will play key roles in advising the City and consultant staff on zoning policy direction and provide guidance during the development of the new Zoning Code. Members of the ZAC will be announced by November 2013 and are expected to meet regularly (e.g., monthly or bi-monthly) until project completion in 2017. Please keep in mind that we will not be allowing proxy representation. A proxy is a person who is designated by another to represent that individual at a meeting.

Sections of the new Code to be discussed include, but will not be limited to:

  • Unified Downtown Development Code
  • Industrial Zones
  • Commercial Zones
  • Multi-Family Residential Zones
  • Orientation Districts
  • Nonconforming Rights
  • Subdivisions
  • Parking & Signs
  • Parks & Open Space
  • Public Right-of-Way
  • Transfer of Development Rights
  • Overlays

The DCP will deliver all sections of the new Zoning Code to the City Planning Commission by December 2017. However, a Unified Downtown Development Code is scheduled to be delivered to the City Planning Commission within two years in 2015. In order to guarantee continuity, all ZAC applicants are asked to consider this as a 5-year commitment.

Please complete and return tom.rothmann or mail a completed application form to:

City of Los Angeles
Department of City Planning
200 North Spring Street, City Hall, Room 701
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Attention: Tom Rothmann

If you have questions, please contact Tom Rothmann at tom.rothmann or Erick Lopez at erick.lopez. More information can be found on the project website at recode.la.More information is available on the project website at recode.la.

Invitation Letter

Mobility Element NOP Of An EIR & Scoping Meetings

Mobility Element Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and scoping meetings

The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning will be preparing an EIR for the Mobility Element Update. We have prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP), which was released to the public today and is available to download (you can also open the attached files). As outlined in the NOP, the EIR will address air quality, acquisitions and displacement, land use and planning, noise and vibration, safety and security, and traffic and parking. The public comment period begins April 4, 2013 and will close on May 6, 2013.    

We will be hosting two scoping meetings (in the Valley and Central City) that will include a brief presentation of the projects to be addressed in the EIR as well as an open house format during which the public can provide comments. The scoping meetings are an opportunity for the public to provide input on questions it would like to see answered in the EIR. We encourage community members to identify what should be analyzed in the EIR, but remember to provide comments on the scope, content, and specificity of the report.

For more information about the project and future events, visit:


Scoping Meeting Information:

Valley Area
April 16, 2013 | 5:30-7:30 PM
North Hollywood Regional Library
5211 Tujunga Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Central Area
April 22, 2013 | 5:30-7:30 PM
Caltrans District 7 Building, Rm 01.040 A & B
100 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


If you are unable to attend either meeting, you can submit your written comments to:      

My La
Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street
Room 667, MS 395
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 978-1194
Email: my.la@lacity.org

New Community Plan – Follow-up to 3/11 MINC Presentation

We had a very informative guest speaker visit the MINC Stakeholder meeting on Monday night.  He brought along a packet with a lot of information in it, and we requested that he send it along electronically, so that we could send it out to all of our stakeholders who weren’t present.  See the information below – and please click on the link to sign their petition, and also to get further information.

Some critical upcoming dates for the New Community Plan are:
·         March 25, 6PM-8PM: Planning Workshop; Community Health Councils, 3731 Stocker St, Suite 201, LA, 90008
·         April 11, 8:30AM: City Planning Commission; City Hall, Council Chambers, 200 N Spring St, LA, 90012

Click the banner below to sign the “I Want a Healthier & Greener Community!” support card electronic version – in hopes that friends, neighbors, and people concerned with healthy food access, green space, and a healthy plan are able to voice their support alongside thousands of other Plan Area residents by signing the petition.


Mark Glassock, MPH
Policy Analyst
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker Street, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323.295.9372 x225 ▪ mglassock@chc-inc.org  www.chc-inc.org






LA’s Economic Development Initiative Town Hall – Wednesday, March 6, 2013 @ 7pm


Empower Yourself
Empower Your Community
Empower LA

March 1, 2013

EmpowerLA co-hosts a Town Hall Meeting to discuss LA’s Economic Development Initiative 
LA’s Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry F. Miller
and City Administrative Officer Miguel A. Santana
will discuss the role of Neighborhood Councils

Los Angeles CA:  On Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 pm, EmpowerLA will co-host a discussion regarding the City’s new Economic Development Initiative (EDI), Council File #08-3050, in City Hall’s Public Works Board Room.

City of Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry F. Miller and City Administrative Officer Miguel A. Santana will offer their insights on the implementation of the City’s new EDI that includes a new Economic Development Department and a related, independent Citywide Economic Development Nonprofit.

Mr. Santana and Mr. Miller will discuss how the economic development process will work in a newly-streamlined department and the role that Neighborhood Councils will play in the development of EDI projects. The three major actions associated with the development of the EDI are:

• Create a new Economic Development Department that will consolidate existing functions within the City to streamline service delivery.

• Identify and contract with a new Citywide Economic Development Nonprofit that will manage the City’s real estate assets, advance public/private real estate projects and provide expert analysis to guide transactions.

• Select a Deputy Mayor for Economic Development who will be accountable for managing Citywide economic development activities.

The EDI builds on national best practices applied to the City’s unique concerns, invests existing City resources for start-up operations and positions the City for future business growth and job creation. This meeting is intended to present an overview of the new EDI, respond to questions regarding the City’s economic development process, and discuss how Neighborhood Councils can participate.

For more information on the EDI, visit CAO.LACity.org/OEA to access “Economic Development in Los Angeles: A New Approach for a World Class City.”

To RSVP (necessary for parking):
visit SurveyMonkey.com/s/EconomicDevelopmentLA or call 213-978-1551

Wednesday, March 6th
Department of Public Works Board Room
200 N Spring Street, Room 350, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
“The City’s New Economic Development Initiative”

Trina Unzicker, CAO

Gabriel Salazar, CLA
Stephen Box, EmpowerLA

Community Action Board Needs Assessment Survey

The City of Los Angeles, Community Action Board (CAB) needs your help! 

As the designated Community Action Agency for the City of Los Angeles, the Community Development Department prepares and submits a Community Action Plan to the State of California Department of Community Services and Development.  The plan must have community input on the recommended City priorities and strategies to reduce or eliminate poverty.  The CAB is asking for you to take a moment and complete the survey. 

An online survey is also available through Survey Monkey at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013communityactionsurvey

This link to the survey will be posted on the CDD website. The survey is available in English and Spanish. ”PDF” versions are also attached should you wish to print and distribute the survey to those who prefer to complete a hard copy.  Please feel free to share the survey with anyone you may know who should also be included. Everyone’s opinions are welcomed and they want to hear from as many people as possible!  All paper surveys must be completed and delivered to the CDD by Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

New And Revised Consolidated Plan Community Meetings Flyers

The City Planning Unit is holding several community meetings to discuss the Mayor’s proposed 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan and 39th Program Year Action Plan.
Planning Unit
Community Development Department
1200 W. 7th Street, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90017
Office: (213) 744-7333
Fax: (213)744-9326

Revised Consolidated Plan Community Meetings

This is related to a notice which was sent out a few weeks ago regarding the Consolidated Plan meetings.

Please be advised that several community meetings have been postponed (West L.A., Watts, and Harbor) and one meeting has been rescheduled (Central L.A.).  Unfortunately, we do not yet have the revised meeting flier.  Attached is the revised calendar showing all meetings and changes.