Downtown Development Strategy
Downtown Los Angeles Community Plan Update
Los Angeles City Planning is partnering with the Downtown community to update the Central City and Central City North Community Plans. The Downtown Community Plan will describe a collective vision for Downtown’s future and include policies, plans, and implementation programs that frame the City’s long-term priorities. Downtown will have the first Community Plan in the City to apply new zoning tools developed as part of the comprehensive update to the City of Los Angeles’s Zoning Code.
The update of the Downtown Community Plan takes cues from the City’s General Plan, particularly from its Framework Element, which describes the City’s long-term growth strategy. The Framework Element lays out goals, objectives, and policies for the range of land uses throughout the City, including Downtown, and guides the development of Community Plans. The Framework Element describes Downtown as “the principal government and business center of the region, with a worldwide market,” “the highest-density center of the City,” and a “hub of regional transportation.”
The Plan will build on Downtown’s concentration of transit options. With support from Metro’s Transit Oriented Development Grant Program, the City is promoting Downtown’s role as the convergence point of regional transit lines that connect multiple cities across Los Angeles County.
What is a Community Plan? Why do we need to update it?
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The ambition of the Downtown Community Plan is to create and implement a vision of the future for Downtown Los Angeles. Downtown is the birthplace of Los Angeles and the primary center of urban activity in the region. It remains the City's commercial, entertainment, cultural, and civic heart. Now enjoying a renaissance, Downtown is home to a diverse range of industries and a patchwork of distinct neighborhoods that sit at the center of an expanding regional transportation network. According to regional projections, by the year 2040, Downtown will be adding approximately:
+ 125,000 people
+ 70,000 housing units
+ 55,000 jobs
The Plan will strive to support and sustain the ongoing revitalization of Downtown, while thoughtfully accommodating this projected future growth.
A strong core is important to the health of the City.
The Plan will promote a dynamic, healthy and sustainable Downtown core that is tightly connected to its surroundings and supports the City of Los Angeles and the region.
The following core principles represent the long-term priorities for the Downtown Community Plan:
Accommodate anticipated growth through 2040 in an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and healthy manner, while supporting and sustaining Downtown's ongoing revitalization
Reinforce Downtown's jobs orientation
Grow and support the residential base
Strengthen neighborhood character
Promote a transit-, bicycle-, and pedestrian-friendly environment
Create linkages between districts
Create a world-class streets and public realm
Los Angeles City Planning is pleased to share:
- Interactive Zoning Map -The interactive map provides the opportunity for community members to search by address and view property specific PDF code pages for the draft zones and accompanying rules & definitions.
- Printable Zoning Maps - PDF versions of the draft zoning map can be found here. Printed versions of the draft zoning map can be found at the following public libraries: Los Angeles Central Library, Little Tokyo Library, or Chinatown Branch Library.
- Draft Zone components including:
— Development Standards
— Community Benefits Program
The proposed new zones would not be effective in areas outside of the Downtown Community Plan area. Other communities will get new zones through their community plan update. Those new zones will be selected, and new ones may be developed, as a result of the community visioning process.
- Draft Downtown Community Plan Land Use Designation Map (updated to include General Plan Correspondence)
- Interactive General Plan Land Use Designation Map (released July 2019)
- Draft Downtown Community Plan Text (released July 2019)
- Downtown Community Plan Overview Interactive Story Map (released July 2019)
For more background on the Downtown Community Plan update, see the FAQ document.
Here you can view draft documents and outreach materials as they become available.
Draft Concepts from the 2019 Open Studio
EIR Scoping Meeting
The documents below were shared at the Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting for the updates to the Downtown Community Plans & Amendments to the LAMC.
Downtown Community Plans EIR Scoping Meeting Presentation
Draft Concepts from the Open Studio
The documents below reflect draft policy concepts that will continue to be refined throughout the Plan development process. To learn more about the Open Studio & Design Charrette visit our News & Events page.
Additional Policy Documents & Outreach Materials
The Draft Plan Concepts for the Skid Row Area pamphlet provides a summary of the draft zoning regulations for the Skid Row area.
- March 2018
The Shaping the Skyline - A Dialogue with AIA document provides an overview of existing conditions and draft policy direction for urban form, especially as it relates to Downtown's skyline.
The Downtown Community Plan Strategies for HCNC document provides an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan policy direction and strategies for the neighborhoods represented by the HCNC.
Thoughtful Growth for Skid Row document and Draft Concepts Map provide an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan goals and strategies for the Skid Row community. The consolidated notes provide a summary of the comments received from community members about future goals for Skid Row.
The Downtown Community Plan Strategies for DLANC document provides an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan policy direction and strategies for the neighborhoods represented by the DLANC.
The Draft Concepts Map provides an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan goals and strategies for the Little Tokyo community.
Central City Association: Committee Meeting - June 2017
Theconsolidated notes provide a summary of the comments regarding draft Downtown Community Plan objectives, draft policy direction, and strategies.
Neighborhood Vision Workshop: Fashion District - June 2017
The power point presentation provides an overview of the Downtown Community Plan objectives, draft policy direction, and strategies for the Fashion District. The consolidated notes provide a summary of the comments from the group discussions.
Neighborhood Vision Workshop: Skid Row Community - June 2017
The power point presentation provides an overview of the Downtown Community Plan objectives, and draft policy direction and strategies for the Skid Row community. The consolidated notes provide a summary of the comments from the breakout group discussions.
This document was prepared as a part of the Metro-Funded Transit Neighborhood Planning Grant
December 9, 2015
September 30, 2015
September 30, 2015
Community Vision Documents
Figueroa Corridor: Connecting Communities
Downtown Strategic Plan Los Angeles
South Park Development Studies, Sites, and Rehab Opportunities
South Park Development Strategies & Design Guidelines
Planning Staff Contact Info
Contact the Downtown Community Planning Team for general questions regarding the Plan update, or individual team members with specific questions.
Principal City Planner & Division Head
|Clare Kelley, Communications/Outreach
Project Manager, Civic Center Master Plan
|(213) 978-1311||(213) 978-1207|
Project Manager, Community Plan Update Demographics & Design
|(213) 978-1911||(213) 978-1317|