Executive Office

Director of City Planning

In the City of Los Angeles, the Director of Planning is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. As the chief executive, the Director oversees the policy agenda and development services for Los Angeles City Planning.

 

When I first started in February 2016, I spoke about demystifying the planning process and making City Planning more readily accessible to all Angelenos. Since then, we’ve made some great improvements—including launching a new website.

On behalf of the Executive Team, we encourage you to explore the content on our site to learn about the incredible initiatives underway. As a department, we are advancing a long-term vision for the City—one which will inform and properly shape future land use considerations.

Sincerely,

signature - Vincent P. Bertoni, AICP

Vincent P. Bertoni, AICP
Director of Planning

Executive Team

In addition to the Director, the Executive Team is comprised of an Executive Officer and four Deputy Directors who are responsible for overseeing a Bureau within City Planning. The Executive Officer and four Deputy Directors report directly to the Director.

The Executive Officer manages the affairs of City Planning across its Bureaus, providing direct support on a number of strategic initiatives. The members of the Executive Team work in unison to advance the shared goals and objectives of City Planning and its staff.

kevin keller

Kevin J. Keller, AICP
Executive Officer

Arthi Varma

Arthi Varma
Deputy Director of Planning
Citywide Policy Planning

Shana Bonstin

Shana Bonstin
Deputy Director of Planning
Community Planning

lisa webber

Lisa Webber, AICP
Deputy Director of Planning
Project Planning

Tricia Keane

Tricia Keane
Deputy Director of Planning
Resource Management

Citywide Policy Planning

The Citywide Policy Planning Bureau manages long-range planning efforts, setting policy goals and objectives that inform work at the neighborhood level.

Community Planning

The Community Plan Bureau oversees the policy updates to the City’s Community Plans, which inform local zoning decisions and the types of uses that are permitted on each parcel of land.

Project Planning

The Project Planning Bureau supervises most of City Planning's development functions, administering environmental review and the processing of project applications.

Resource Management

The Resource Management Bureau provides the technical, administrative, and financial services that are critical to City Planning's overall success as a department.