Housing Element 2021-2029 Update / Safety Element Update

Case Number: ENV-2020-6762-EIR; CPC-2020-1365-GPA; CPC-2021-5499-GPA
Council District: All
State Clearinghouse Number: 2021010130
Community Plan Areas: All
Project Location: The Los Angeles Citywide Housing Element 2021-2029 Update and Safety Element Update (“Project”) will apply to the entire geographic area located within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles (City), which encompasses 467 square miles.

Project Description:

The Proposed Project involves updates to the City of Los Angeles General Plan Housing Element and Safety Element, and a Rezoning Program for the creation of additional housing units. The Housing Element Update will: further the goal of meeting the existing and projected housing needs of all family income levels of the community; provide evidence of the City’s ability to accommodate the Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation through the year 2029; and identify a Rezoning Program to reach the required housing capacity. The targeted amendments to the Safety Element will integrate related long-range planning efforts to ensure compliance with State law, and includes a related technical amendment to the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles to clarify consistency with State (SB 1000) law.

The draft Housing Element Update is available for review at: https://planning.lacity.org/plans-policies/housing-element-update#draft-plan

The draft Safety Element Update is available for review at: https://planning.lacity.org/plans-policies/community-plan-update/general-news-item/draft-safety-element-and-plan-healthy-la

Anticipated Significant Environmental Effects:

Based on the analysis contained in the Draft EIR, the Proposed Project would result in unavoidable significant environmental impacts with regard to:

  • Air Quality – Threshold 4.2-2 (Construction and Operational Air Criteria Air Pollutant Emissions: Project and Cumulative)
  • Biological Resources – Threshold 4.3-1 (Special-Status Species: Project and Cumulative); Threshold 4.3-2 (Sensitive Habitats: Project and Cumulative); Threshold 4.3-3 (Wildlife Corridors: Project and Cumulative)
  • Cultural Resources – Threshold 4.4-1 (Historic Resources: Project and Cumulative); Threshold 4.4-2 (Archaeological Resources: Project and Cumulative)
  • Geology and Soils – Threshold 4.5-1 (Paleontological Resources: Project and Cumulative)
  • Hazards and Hazardous Materials – Threshold 4.7-2 (Hazardous Materials Near Schools: Project and Cumulative); Threshold 4.7-3 (Hazardous Materials Sites: Project and Cumulative)
  • Noise – Threshold 4.10-1 (Construction Noise: Project and Cumulative); Threshold 4.10-2 (Operation Noise: Project and Cumulative); Threshold 4.10-3 (Construction Vibration: Project and Cumulative)
  • Public Services – Threshold 4.12-1 (Fire Protection: Project); Threshold 4.12-2 (Police Protection: Project); Threshold 4.12-3 (School Facilities: Project)
  • Recreation – Threshold 4.13-1 (Deterioration of Recreational Facilities: Project and Cumulative); Threshold 4.13-2 and Threshold 4.13-3 (Construction of Recreational Facilities: Project and Cumulative)
  • Transportation (Freeway Queuing: Project and Cumulative)
  • Tribal Cultural Resources – Threshold 4.15-1 (Construction: Ground Disturbance during Construction: Project and Cumulative)
  • Wildfire – Threshold 4.17-1 (Impair Emergency Response Plan: Project and Cumulative), Threshold 4.17-2 (Exacerbate Wildfire Risks in State Responsibility Area or VHFHSZ: Project and Cumulative), Threshold 4.17-3 (Require Infrastructure that may Exacerbate Fire Risk: Project and Cumulative), Threshold 4.17-4 (Expose People or Structures to Significant Risks in State Responsibility Area or VHFHSZ: Project and Cumulative), Threshold 4.17-5 (Expose People or Structures to Significant Risks Involving Wildland Fires: Project and Cumulative)

The Draft EIR has also identified the following significant impacts that are anticipated to be reduced to less than significant with identified mitigation measures:

  • Air Quality (Construction TACs)
  • Hydrology (Impeding or Redirect Flood Flows)
  • Transportation (Conflict with Circulation Plan, Policy, Ordinance; Hazard due to Geometric Design; Emergency Access)

Government Code Section 65962.5 Notice: The Project area does include sites listed under Government Code Section 65952.5. These are described in Section 4.7.1 of the Draft EIR, Hazards, Environmental Setting.

Document Review and Comment:

The Draft EIR and all documents referenced in the EIR are available for public review and a 45-day comment period.

If you wish to review a copy of the Draft EIR or the documents referenced in the Draft EIR, you may do so at the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Records Management at 221 N Figueroa St, Room 1450, Los Angeles. Appointments must be made in advance by emailing planning.recordsmgmt@lacity.org or calling (213) 847-3732. Printed copies of the Draft EIR are also available at the following public libraries:

  1. Central Library - 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
  2. Exposition Park Library - 3900 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90062
  3. San Pedro Library - 931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
  4. Arroyo Seco Library - 6145 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
  5. North Hollywood Library - 5211 Tujunga Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601
  6. Mid-Valley Library - 16244 Nordhoff Street, North Hills, CA 91343
  7. West Valley Library - 19036 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91335
  8. Goldwyn-Hollywood Library - 1623 N. Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  9. West Los Angeles Library - 11360 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

For an electronic copy, the Draft EIR can be downloaded or reviewed at the Department of City Planning’s website, at the document links below or at: https://planning4la.org/development-services/eir.

Comment Period:      START DATE AND TIME: July 22, 2021 AT 9 A.M.

                                    END DATE AND TIME: September 7, 2021 AT 5 P.M.

If you wish to submit comments on the Draft EIR, please submit your written comments (including a name, contact information, and the following file number ENV-2020-6762-EIR) during the Comment Period, via mail or e-mail to the following addresses:

                     Mail:     Cally Hardy, City Planning Associate
                                   City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
                                   200 North Spring Street, Room 750
                                   Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  E-mail:     housingelement@lacity.org

Comments that are sent to the City before or after the Comment Period provided above or that fail to comply with the above instructions for the manner or submission of comments may not be included in the Final EIR and receive a response to comments under CEQA Guidelines Section 15088.


Notice of Availability

Draft Environmental Impact Report


For a consolidated copy of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, including the appendices, please click on the links below:

Consolidated Draft Environmental Impact Report
Consolidated Appendices