Hollywood Community Plan Update

supports accessible transit

Directs growth around transit, away from hillsides and low-density neighborhoods

bolsters jobs

Reinforces Hollywood's role as a media, arts, and entertainment jobs center

enhances mobility

Provides mobility choices, less dependence on automobiles

lowers building heights

Establishes new lower height limits around historic districts, and integrates development into existing scale

creates open space

Supports the Hollywood Central Park over the 101 Freeway, and expands park acreage

protects Hillsides

Protects hillsides from overdevelopment — strengthens development regulations for hillside subdivisions

Promotes Livable, complete streets

Promotes streetscape plans and new street standards, wider sidewalks, pedestrian enhancements

protects cultural resources

Expands preservation tools, including linking incentives to preservation goals

Addresses scale and design

Promotes the regulation of scale and design

Guides urban design

Establishes urban design guidelines for new development in Hollywood, reinforcing pedestrian friendly character of commercial districts

promotes streetscape design

Promotes design overlays and identifies areas for streetscape design

Purpose

The Hollywood Community Plan Update (HCPU2) sets the stage for the future of Hollywood. HCPU2 directs anticipated development to already urbanized portions of the Community Plan Area, identifying suitable locations for new development while preserving existing low-scale neighborhoods. 

The Hollywood Community Plan Update includes these main components:

The Hollywood Community Plan Update takes cues from the City's General Plan, particularly the General Plan’s Framework Element, which outlines a long-term strategy for Los Angeles. It lays out goals, objectives, and policies for the range of land uses throughout the City, including Hollywood, and it guides the development of the City’s Community Plans. 

Framework policies encourage compact, mixed-use development in proximity to transit infrastructure and activity centers, allowing the City to conserve resources, protect existing residential neighborhoods, and improve air quality by enhancing safe, accessible transportation options.

The proposed HCPU2 embodies these General Plan Framework principles and largely follows the current pattern of land use development, reflecting the City’s policies of directing development where it can be supported by existing transportation infrastructure. The proposed HCPU2 promotes a balance of housing and jobs near transit where providing different types of land uses (such as commercial and residential) can reduce the length and number of vehicle trips. 

In 1988, the year the Hollywood Community Plan in effect today was adopted, subway stations had been proposed but not yet built. Since then, five Metro Red Line stations have become operational in Hollywood, and a transit-oriented specific plan was adopted in 2001. The HCPU2 will accommodate increased affordable housing demand and development near the Metro stations and selected commercial corridors with existing transit (bus and train). Directing the development to targeted areas will preserve the character of single-family and low-density neighborhoods.

A wide range of planning topics — including land use and housing, parks and open space, urban design, mobility, and historic preservation — are addressed in the proposed HCPU2, encompassing the full spectrum of issues related to the physical development of the community. Some of the new regulations and issues that have emerged since 1988 include increasing sustainability, improving mobility (Complete Streets Act), and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Plan’s importance lies in its ability to shape positive community change, fostering sustainable land use patterns while balancing the unique character of the community with citywide policies and regional initiatives. 

The Hollywood Community Plan Update is part of Los Angeles City Planning's comprehensive update of the City's 35 Community Plans.

Background

From 2005 to 2012, the Hollywood Community Plan Update underwent a comprehensive planning process with extensive community outreach. Both the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Report were published in 2011, before adoption of the plan in 2012.

A legal challenge to the 2012 Plan’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) followed the adoption of the plan. As a result of a Los Angeles Superior Court decision on the 2012 Plan’s EIR in 2014, the City Council rescinded the 2012 Hollywood Community Plan Update. The City has reverted, by operation of law, to the 1988 Hollywood Community Plan and the zoning regulations that existed immediately prior to June 19, 2012 (the date of the adoption of the HCPU and ordinance).

The 1988 Hollywood Community Plan currently in effect is available here. The 2012 Plan is no longer in effect. More background, along with information on entitlement procedures under the 1988 Plan and zoning, appears in the Zoning Information (ZI) file.

 

Timeline (click image to enlarge)

Timeline

 

What is a Community Plan?

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Plan Status

The City will continue to work towards readoption of the Plan.

An updated Draft Community Plan and a new Draft EIR have been released. Changes and clarifications include reorganized goals and policies, updated formatting of the Plan and maps, technical corrections and zoning revisions, and mobility and street changes reflecting the new Mobility Element. The update also adds neighborhood protections, a new chapter on preservation, and a new chapter on the public realm and open space.

Click here for the Draft Community Plan.
Click here for the Draft Community Plan Land Use Map.
Click here for the Draft Land Use and Zone Change Matrix.
Click here for the Draft Q and D regulations.

 

Plan Goals

The Proposed HCPU2 seeks to:

  • Accommodate projected population, housing, and employment
  • Direct growth away from low-density neighborhoods; preserve single-family residential neighborhoods
  • Provide a range of employment opportunities; promote the vitality and expansion of Hollywood’s entertainment and tourism industries
  • Improve open space, parks, and public spaces; provide adequate public services and infrastructure
  • Protect historic and cultural resources
  • Encourage and promote a variety of mobility options; make streets walkable
  • Improve the function and design of neighborhoods; focus on pedestrian experience
  • Encourage sustainable land use
  • ​Maintain land use and zoning consistency

The interactive map below represents proposed land use and zoning changes. Select the tabs for information about proposed changes.

Click here to use the interactive map in full-screen mode. Click the button below for a video tutorial on the interactive map.

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Interactive Map

Interactive Map

 

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Summarized Topics

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    What does a Community Plan Do? (English/Spanish)
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    What does a Community Plan Do? (English/Thai)
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    What Does the Hollywood Community Plan Do?
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    Hollywood By the Numbers
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    TIA Fee Program
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    TIA Fee Program FAQ
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    Preliminary List of Transportation Improvements for Hollywood

Videos & Webinars

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    Overview Video on the Plan Update
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    Overview Video on Demographics
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    Hollywood by the Numbers
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    Webinar
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    Notice of Preparation (NOP)
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    Notice of Availability (NOA)
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    Draft EIR
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    Partially Recirculated Draft EIR
 

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

A state law requiring state and local agencies to analyze the potential impacts of their actions on the environment, disclose their findings to the public, and to mitigate impacts where feasible.

Community Plan

The Land Use Element of the General Plan consists of 35 Community Plans. Each focuses on a particular area or community in the City (e.g., Hollywood Community Plan).

Density

The number of residential units permitted per acre of land.

Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Type of environmental review prepared when the City determines that a project may potentially have significant environmental impacts.

Floor Area Ratio (FAR)

The ratio of the gross floor area of a building to the area of the lot where it is located. (This video explains FAR.)

General Plan

The General Plan is the City's guide for its future growth and development. The State of California requires every city to adopt a General Plan. General Plans have a typical lifespan of 20 to 30 years and must be updated periodically. 

Each General Plan must cover certain topics in sections called Elements (such as the Land Use Element, the Housing Element, and the Safety Element).

General Plan Framework

The Framework Element of the General Plan lays out goals and policies for topics related to growth and services. All General Plan Elements adopted by the City need to be consistent with the Framework.

Height District

Establishes a zone’s height and Floor Area Ratio limitations.

Implementation Tools

Zones or regulations included in the Community Plan that supplement basic zoning regulations and help realize the Plan’s goals for new development.

Infill Development

Development of vacant or underutilized land within urbanized areas.

Infrastructure

The public and quasi-public facilities required in order to serve the development and operational needs of a community, such as roads, public transportation, water, and sewer systems.

Land Use Designation

Examples of land use designations include residential, industrial, commercial, and open space. Each land use designation has a list of corresponding zones.

Mixed-Use Development

A project that combines compatible uses within the same structure, such as a building with residential uses above ground-floor commercial space.

Ordinance

A law or statute enacted by a city government. Zoning is established by ordinance.

Planning Commission

A committee of five or more citizens who are appointed by the City to review matters related to planning and development.

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Development located near transit. The City’s General Plan encourages locating new housing and businesses near transit to provide convenient alternatives to car travel (e.g., walking, bicycling, taking public transportation).

Zoning

Zoning determines the uses permitted on a parcel and provides regulations for development, including height, bulk, and setbacks.

 

Fall 2018/Winter 2019 Update

The Los Angeles City Planning Department has taken a significant step in the process of updating the Hollywood Community Plan. On November 15, the Department released a Draft Environmental Impact Report and refreshed versions of the Community Plan policies and zoning tools.

The Draft Community Plan and proposed land use and zoning regulations set the direction for Hollywood through the year 2040. Key goals include promoting Hollywood’s entertainment and tourism industries for economic development, protecting historic and cultural resources, and encouraging a variety of mobility options.

The Draft Community Plan recognizes Hollywood’s roles as a community of neighborhoods and as a regional center in the City of Los Angeles. To address anticipated housing, population, and employment growth, it would allow increased development potential in central Hollywood and along major commercial corridors near transit systems, while preserving single-family residential, hillside, and other low-scale areas.

CicLAvia 

On August 18, 2019, planners spoke with residents and visitors about the Hollywood Community Plan Update.


Hollywood Farmers' Market

On January 27, 2019, City Planning Staff provided information about the Hollywood Community Plan Update.


East Hollywood Farmers' Market

On January 10, 2019, City Planning Staff provided information about the Hollywood Community Plan Update.


CD13 Community Conference

On November 17, 2018, City Planning Staff provided information about the Hollywood Community Plan Update.


A new Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released on November 15, 2018 for the Hollywood Community Plan Update.

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A new Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released on November 15, 2018 for the Hollywood Community Plan Update. The Notice of Availability (NOA) provides information about the public comment process. The 75-day public comment period ended on January 31, 2019.


Webinars for the Hollywood Community Plan Update (HCPU2)

In June 2018, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning held two online webinars to provide an overview of the Hollywood Community Plan Update and to share information about ongoing opportunities to participate in the Plan Update process. A recording of the overview presentation from the June 14th webinar can be viewed below.
 

Materials presented at the meeting are available for review:
Webinar Power Point Slides


Planning 101

On June 25, 2018 City Planning staff provided a Planning 101 Training to the Thai Council. The training was intended to provide an overview of the basic elements of planning, land use and zoning. Links to the presentation slides and summary are provided below.  
 

Materials presented at the meeting are available for review:

Planning 101 Presentation
Presentation Summary 


Summer 2017 Informational Meetings
In summer 2017, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning held a series of five informational public meetings highlighting the Hollywood Community Plan Update. 
 
Woman's Club of Hollywood | 1749 N. La Brea Ave
 
June 29, 2017
 
Los Feliz Branch Library | 1874 Hillhurst Ave
 
July 8, 2017
 
Lemon Grove Recreation Center | 4959 Lemon Grove Ave
 
July 12, 2017
 
Durant Branch Library | 7140 Sunset Blvd
 
July 15, 2017
 
Cahuenga Branch Library | 4591 Santa Monica Blvd
July 19, 2017

 

Materials presented at the meetings are available for review:
Display Boards
Presentation

Mailing Address

City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Linda Lou, City Planner
200 N. Spring Street, Room 667, Mail Stop 395
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 

Planning Staff Contact Info

Linda Lou   Sophia Kim
Project Manager   City Planning Associate
(213) 978-1473   (213) 978-1208
linda.lou@lacity.org   sophia.kim@lacity.org

 

 

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