Downtown Development Strategy
Downtown Los Angeles Community Plan Update
Thank you to all who joined to participate in the City Planning Commission (CPC) meetings.
What happened at City Planning Commission?
At the September 23, 2021 City Planning Commission meeting, CPC recommended approval of the Downtown Community Plan and new Zoning Code. In case you missed it, an audio recording is available along with City Planning’s staff presentation and Supplemental Staff Report, Technical Modifications/Corrections (September), as well as comment letters from the public and elected officials.
At the August 26, 2021 CPC meeting, Commissioners voted to continue deliberation of the Downtown Community Plan and new Zoning Code to September 23, 2021. City Planning notes that on August 3, 2021, Council Districts 1, 9, and 14 issued a letter requesting that the CPC continue further deliberation of the Downtown Community Plan and New Zoning Code to September 23, 2021 or later.
At the June 17, 2021 CPC meeting, City Planning presented a high-level overview of the Downtown Community Plan and new Zoning Code. This was followed by technical questions from Commissioners on the information presented. After that, Commissioners heard public comment. Lastly, before adjourning, Commissioners discussed topics for further discussion and specific requests for additional information from Planning staff. An audio recording is available along with City Planning’s staff presentation and Staff Report, Technical Modifications/Corrections (June) as well as comment letters from the public and elected officials.
What happens next?
On September 23, 2021, the CPC voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Downtown Plan and new Zoning Code. In the coming months several documents will be produced by City Planning that serve to advance the Downtown Plan and new Zoning Code to the City Council for final adoption. City Planning will prepare and publish the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the City Planning Commission’s Letter of Determination, and the Recommended Community Plan and Zoning Code. Each of these final components will be considered first by the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee, and later, the full City Council in the months ahead.
For details on the draft plan and to view the proposed zoning click the “Draft Plan" tab above.
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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?
Click the button below to watch a short video about Community Plans.
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:
Proposed Plan and Zoning Documents
- CPC Staff Recommendation Report and Exhibits.
- Supplemental CPC Staff Recommendation Report (August 2021).
- Technical Modifications/Corrections to the Staff Recommendation Report (September 2021)
- Technical Modifications/Corrections to the Staff Recommendation Report (June 2021)
- Proposed Draft Downtown Community Plan Text (Updated June 2021) - Includes goals, policies, and programs for the Downtown Community. This document outlines the plan vision and memorializes community feedback.
- Draft Downtown Community Plan Land Use Designation Map (Updated June 2021) - Designates where general uses and building scales are allowed (i.e residential, commercial) and establishes what specific zones can be allowed in different neighborhoods.
- Draft Zoning Map (Updated June 2021)
- Draft Downtown Community Plan Implementation Overlay (CPIO) (Updated June 2021) - Includes standards for developments that provide community benefits (i.e. affordable housing, open space, community facilities), development standards for Bunker Hill and Civic Center, and design best practices.
- Draft Environmental Impact Report.
- Proposed Draft of the new Zoning Code - Includes zoning districts, rules of measurement, and definitions.
The new Zoning Code is intended to be effective only within the Downtown Community Plan Area at this time. The new Zoning Code will be applied to other areas as each Community Plan is updated and will be augmented with new zoning tools to support the goals of subsequent Community Plan updates. Click here to learn more about other Community Plan updates.
Other Informational and Summary Materials
- Downtown Community Plan Equity Handout
- Summary of Plan policy and zoning updates made since December 2020
- Updated Community Plan Benefits Program Summary - explanation of the new Community Benefits Program (Updated August 2021)
- Downtown Community Plan Overview Interactive Story Map - overview of Plan policy vision and tools
- Community Plan FAQ document
- Hoja Informativa para el Plan Comunitario del Centro de Los Angeles (Español)
- New Zoning Code FAQ document
- Hoja Informativa para el Nuevo Código de Zonificación (Español)
- Economic Analysis (Updated with new appendices August 2021)
A crucial component of the Downtown Community Plan update has been to acknowledge historic inequities in the planning process, and their ongoing impact on communities of color, and facilitate meaningful dialogue with the Downtown community. This work is the culmination of years of integrating your input on issues that touch the lives of everyone in the Downtown L.A. community, from housing affordability and access to economic opportunity, to mobility choice and public space. All of you have put in countless hours to provide feedback to City Planning on this Plan.
City Planning will strive to provide time and flexibility for everyone to engage with us at this stage of the project. Please see the timeline below that shows where we are at in the project process as a whole, and the many opportunities for input and participation now through 2021. To see materials from previous outreach events visit the resources page.
Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 and to ensure broad participation, the engagement strategy will focus on the following considerations and associated tools:
- Extended timelines
- Expand Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) comment period from 45 days to 75 days
- Expanded Comment period on Public Hearing Plan drafts
- Educational Opportunities
- Planning 101 webinar: This webinar will introduce the basics of community planning in Los Angeles
- Downtown Community Plan and code webinars: These webinars cover a technical and in-depth description of the proposed Downtown Community Plan
- Material accessibility
- Key materials will be available in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese
- Simultaneous translation for Spanish during Webinars; other languages if available, as requested
- All webinars will include phone access to provide engagement opportunities for those without internet or computer access
Timeline & Outreach Activities
- September 2021 - Commissioners voted to recommended approval of the Downtown Community Plan and new Zoning Code.
- August 2021 - Commissioners voted to continue deliberation of the Downtown Community Plan and new Zoning Code to September 23, 2021.
- June 2021 - Refined Plan III “CPC Draft” & City Planning Commission2 (CPC) meeting - Incorporates edits from Downtown Stakeholders provided at the Public Hearing (2021)
- Fall 2020 - Plan “Recap” Webinar (introduces the basics of planning in los angeles and the concepts of the Downtown Community Plan; allows learning opportunities for those who are just joining the planning update process)
- Fall 2020 - “Office hours” opportunities for one on one meetings with planning staff to ask questions and provide feedback. These events do not include presentations or plan overview materials
- Fall 2020 - Small group engagement (available on request)
- Refined Plan II “Public Hearing Draft” (Fall 2020) - Incorporates edits from Downtown Stakeholders
- Fall 2020 - release of the Public Hearing Draft of the new Zoning Code, which will be City Planning’s proposed draft of the New Zoning Code on which we will receive most substantive public comments
- Public Hearing1 (Winter 2020)
- September 2020 - Held Virtual Office Hours Community outreach event
- Plan was launched in 2014. Between 2014 and 2020 the Downtown Planning team has held and participated in hundreds of community events to garner feedback on the draft plan. Conversations were held with property owners and representatives throughout the Plan area.
- October 2016 - release of the draft plan concepts with weeklong public open studio event
- February 2017 - Environmental Impact Report (EIR) scoping meeting
- 2017-2019 - outreach at community events, neighborhood council meetings, meetings of community based organizations and refinement of the plan
- July 2019 - release of the draft plan
- October 2019 - release of the draft zoning map and Downtown zones
- November 2019 - outreach at public open house events
- January/February 2020 - outreach at office hours events
- February 2020 - July 2020 - Preparation of the Draft EIR
- August 2020 - release of Draft EIR and Preliminary Draft of the new Zoning Code, refined draft plan (policy document, zoning map, and General Plan Land Use map, CPIO)
The Public Hearing is a formal opportunity for stakeholders to provide comments on the plan to a public hearing officer. These comments are documented and summarized in a report submitted to the City Planning Commission.
City Planning Commission is a regularly scheduled meeting where commissioners make decisions or recommendations on Department of City Planning recommendations. These decisions and recommendations are informed by the public comments provided at the commission meeting.
- Refine Plan IV “Planning & Land Use Committee Draft” & Planning and Land Use Committee Meeting (PLUM). Draft IV incorporates edits from CPC informed by public comment at CPC hearing (2021-2022).
- Refine Plan V “City Council Draft” & Full City Council. Draft V incorporates edits from PLUM informed by public comment at PLUM hearing (2021-2022).
- Plan Adoption by City Council (2021-2022).
The Planning and Land Use Committee meeting is a regularly scheduled meeting where a selected group of City Council members make recommendations. These decisions are informed by the public comments provided at the committee meeting.
Here you can view draft documents and outreach materials as they become available.
September 23, 2021 City Planning Commission Meeting
Click here to listen to the audio recording
Click here to view a PDF of the staff presentation
Click here to view the Supplemental Staff Report
Click here to view the Technical Modifications/Corrections to the Staff Recommendation Report
Click here to view comment letters from the public and elected officials
Proposed Plan & New Zoning Code Presentation - Summer 2021
Click here to view the Proposed Plan & New Zoning Code Presentation - Summer 2021
June 17, 2021 City Planning Commission Meeting
Click here to listen to the audio recording
Click here to view comment letters from the public and elected officials.
Click here for Technical Modifications/Corrections to the Staff Recommendation Report
Downtown Community Plan Overview Handout
Click here to view the Downtown Community Plan Overview Handout
DTLA 2040 Public Hearing December 8, 2020
Click here to listen to the Public Hearing
Click here to view documents submitted for Public Comment
Click here to view videos submitted for Public Comment
Downtown Fall 2020 Webinar Presentation
Click here to view the Downtown Community Plan and New Zoning Code Overview Video
Click here to view the Downtown Community Plan and New Zoning Code Presentation (PDF Slides)
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
Senior City Planner & Section Head
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Project Manager, Community Plan Update
|Jordan Hallman||Alice Okumura|
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