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On May 14, the Department hosted Council District Planning Deputies for an orientation and tour of the Metro Development Services Center (DSC). 

The goal of the "behind-the-scenes" tour was to create better partnerships and strengthen communication between planners and Council staff. Participants also had the opportunity to see DSC operations up-close, providing them with a better understanding of how pre-application and post-entitlement services are delivered by Planning staff.

Read more about the tour on our blog

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DSC Deep Counter Services

To address the various needs of customers, the Development Services Centers (DSCs) are staffed with planners familiar with specific case types such as affordable housing, alcohol and entertainment permits, lot line adjustments, and wireless & telecommunications.

The Metro (Downtown) DSC, in particular, has a specialized set of services that extend beyond the traditional public counter operations at the other DSCs. Referred to as the “Deep Counter,” these specialized services were added to meet the needs of specific industries and offer tailored consultation services and processing expertise.

Read more about Deep Counter Services on Pages 4 & 5 of our Spring Newsletter.


Transit Neighborhood Plans

In 2012, the Transit Neighborhood Plans (TNP)program — a project partially funded by Metro — was launched to encourage livable communities and employment centers around five rail lines along the region’s expanding transit network.

Program Updates: 

On June 19, the Century/Aviation Community Plan Implementation Overlay (CPIO) Zone was adopted by City Council. The CPIO will work to ensure that Century Boulevard is a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly corridor for all those who make their way through this "Gateway to LA." 

On June 26, the Exposition Corridor TNP was approved by the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee. It is scheduled to be heard by the City Council on July 3. 

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Staff Attend National Planning Conference in New Orleans

In April, a number of Department staff attended the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference (NPC) in New Orleans, LA. The NPC convenes thousands of planners, commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students to exchange ideas about innovative and progressive planning.

As the premier planning event of the year, the NPC offers planners hundreds of sessions and cutting-edge presentations — covering the hottest topics, newest tools, and latest trends in the field. 

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Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell Hosts Community Conference on Planning and Land Use

On June 23, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell hosted a Community Conference for Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown, Silver Lake, Rampart Village, and Westlake North at the Silver Lake Medical Center. 

Department staff facilitated workshops that covered planning and land use topics including Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Unapproved Dwelling Units (UDUs), Small Lots, Transit Oriented Communities (TOCs), and Density Bonus.

Fore more information on these topics, visit theOrdinances page on the City Planning website. 

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Project Focus

A four-story affordable Senior Independent Housing development — located at 7219 North Canby Ave in Reseda — proposes 26 dwelling units and over 8,000 square feet of ancillary floor area. 100% of the units will be designated for Low and Very Low Income households.

The project was approved by the City Planning Commission on May 23.



Fun Fact: A 1905 Ordinance prohibited buildings from being over 150 feet tall — so for more than three decades, City Hall was the only building in the Los Angeles skyline. 

Built in 1928 and designated a Historic Cultural Monument (HCM) in 1974, City Hall is the center of government in Los Angeles and houses several of the Department's offices.

Image: Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection, USC Libraries


Community Corner

Our Neighborhood Liaisons, Fabiola and Dylan, are YOUR connection to the Department — here to answer all your questions or address your concerns. 

Click here to read the most recent edition of the Community Corner — a resource for all things related to planning in Los Angeles. 


Fabiola Inzunza (Valley, West, South, and Harbor)

Dylan Sittig (Central and East)

Upcoming Calendar: July 2018

Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee Meetings

Every Tuesday at 2:30 PM

Click Here for Meeting Calendar, Audio, Agendas, and Minutes

Commission Meetings

(City Planning Commission, Area Planning Commissions, Cultural Heritage Commission)

Click Here for Commissions and Hearings Calendar

Other Events

re:code LA Zoning Committee Advisory Meeting

July 25, 2018

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