Planning the Westside

West Los Angeles

Existing plan adopted in 1997

West Los Angeles

Existing plan adopted in 1997

PALMS-MAR VISTA-DEL REY

Existing plan adopted in 1997

PALMS-MAR VISTA-DEL REY

Existing plan adopted in 1997

venice

Existing plan adopted in 2000

venice

Existing plan adopted in 2000

westchester-playa del rey

Existing plan adopted in 2004

westchester-playa del rey

Existing plan adopted in 2004

Purpose

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Community Plans shape the environment by determining how neighborhoods use land. Los Angeles City Planning updates its Community Plans periodically to ensure that each community’s land can accommodate future generations in a way that aligns with environmental, land use, and development goals for the region. An updated Community Plan lays a solid foundation for the future of a neighborhood.

Background

Q: What are Community Plans? Why update them?

A: The City has 35 Community Plans. Taken together, they make up the Land Use Element of the City’s General Plan.

Community Plans establish goals and policies to guide future land use and development within each plan area. Plan maps identify where uses such as jobs, housing, and open space will be located. It is important to keep the City’s Community Plans up to date because they:

 

 

 

  • Inform developers and residents of the type of development that will be permitted;
  • Help accommodate anticipated jobs, housing, and population;
  • Guide the approval process of new development that is consistent with the community’s vision.

Click the button below to watch a video about Community Plans.

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Q: What are the Westside Community Plans?

A: They are the Community Plans for four areas in the Westside: West Los Angeles, Venice, Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey, and Westchester – Playa del Rey.

For information about the Venice Local Coastal Program Update, click the button below.

Venice Coastal Program

Q: What are the region’s current housing and population statistics?

A: This document collects the latest figures on housing and population in the four Community Plan Areas.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: There are many ways to get involved. Please participate so your values and vision are reflected in the Community Plan Updates. 

  • Attend a meeting or event (check our Events page).

  • Sign up for email updates (click Get Involved below).

  • Like us on Facebook.

 

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Community Plan Areas

Map The City is currently updating the Community Plans for four areas on the Westside: West Los Angeles, Venice, Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey, and Westchester – Playa del Rey. Updates to the Community Plans for the remaining Westside areas (Westwood, Brentwood – Pacific Palisades, and Bel Air – Beverly Crest) will follow.

Choose a plan below to learn more about the area it covers. This page links to the existing Community Plans and land use policy documents for each area.

Look up the Community Plan Area for any street address in Los Angeles here. The area will appear as the first entry in the “Planning/Construction” category.

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west los angeles

 

The West Los Angeles Community Plan Area (CPA) is located in the western portion of the City of Los Angeles. It is generally bounded by Centinela Avenue on the west, Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard on the north, National Boulevard, Pico Boulevard, and Exposition Boulevard on the south, and Durango Avenue, Robertson Boulevard, and Canfield Avenue on the east.

The West Los Angeles CPA is bounded by the communities of Westwood, Brentwood, Century City, Rancho Park, Palms, Mar Vista, and the city of Santa Monica. 

Community Plan 
West Los Angeles  |  Land Use Map 

Specific Plans 
Century City North 
Century City South 
Sepulveda Corridor 
West Los Angeles Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Plan (update in progress)

Community Design Overlay District 
West Pico Boulevard 
West Wilshire Boulevard 
Westwood-Pico NOD 

Streetscape Plans 
Expo Corridor  (in progress) 
Livable Boulevards 

West Los Angeles Demographic Profile 
Demographic Profile
​Population and Housing Figures 

palms

 

The Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey Community Plan Area (CPA) contains 5,257 acres, approximately two percent of the land in the City of Los Angeles. The area is located in the western portion of Los Angeles with roughly irregular boundaries. The terrain varies from flat land in the southern section to rolling hillside in the north.

The community is bisected by a narrow strip of the City of Culver City along Washington Boulevard. The northern section proceeding in a clockwise direction is bounded by the City of Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard, southerly along the San Diego Freeway up to National Boulevard, Exposition Boulevard and Southern Pacific Railroad Company line, Robertson Boulevard up to National Boulevard, Venice Boulevard, Washington Boulevard, City of Culver City, and Walgrove Avenue.

Community Plan 
Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey  |  Land Use Map 

Specific Plans 
Coastal Transportation Corridor (update in progress)
Glencoe/Maxella 
Playa Vista Area B/C/D 
West Los Angeles Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Plan (update in progress)

Community Design Overlay District 
West Pico Boulevard 

Historic Preservation Overlay Zone
Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract

Streetscape Plans 
Expo Corridor (update in progress) 
Livable Boulevards 

Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey Demographic Profile
Demographic Profile
​Population and Housing Figures 

venice

 

The Venice Community Plan Area (CPA) contains approximately 2.061 acres, representing 0.7 percent of the land in the City of Los Angeles. Located in the western portion of Los Angeles, it contains the world-famous Venice Beach and Boardwalk that stretch from Marina Court on the north to Yawl Street on the south. The Plan Area is bounded to the north by Marine Court and Dewey Street, adjoining the City of Santa Monica. It extends in an irregular fashion from the Pacific Ocean eastward to Walgrove Avenue, Beethoven Street, and Del Rey Avenue, bordering the Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey Community Plan Area, parts of Culver City and Los Angeles County, and Marina Del Rey.

It is surrounded by the communities of Westwood, Brentwood – Pacific Palisades, Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey, West Adams – Baldwin Hills – Leimert, and Wilshire; by the Cities of Culver City, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills; and by the County of Los Angeles.

Community Plan
Venice  |  Land Use Map

Specific Plans
Coastal Transportation Corridor
Glencoe/Maxella 
Oxford Triangle 

Venice Coastal Program

Community Design Overlay District
Lincoln Boulevard

Venice Demographic Profile
Demographic Profile
Population and Housing Figures

westchester

 

The Westchester – Playa del Rey Community Plan Area (CPA) is situated in the western portion of the Los Angeles Basin, adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is located south of the communities of Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey and Venice, and is adjacent to the Cities of Culver City, Inglewood, and El Segundo, and the Los Angeles County unincorporated areas of Del Aire, Ladera Heights, Lennox, and Marina del Rey.

​​The Westchester – Playa del Rey CPA is generally bounded by Centinela Avenue, La Brea Avenue, the City of Los Angeles’s boundaries with the unincorporated County of Los Angeles, the City of Inglewood, the City of El Segundo, Dockweiler State Beach, Ballona Creek, Bay Street, and Jefferson Boulevard.

Community Plan
Westchester-Playa Del Rey |  Land Use Map 

Specific Plans
Coastal Bluffs
Coastal Transportation Corridor(update in progress)
Glencoe/Maxella
Loyola Marymount University
Playa Vista Area B/C/D

Community Design Overlay District
Downtown Westchester
Loyola Village

Streetscape Plans
Century Boulevard
Livable Boulevards

Westchester-Playa Del Rey Demographic Profile
Demographic Profile
Population and Housing Figures

What is a Community Plan?
Each city within the state of California is required to adopt a General Plan comprising seven required elements, including a Land Use Element. In Los Angeles, the Land Use Element is divided into 35 Community Plans, each with a policy document and a map of land use designations (such as residential, commercial, industrial, and open space). The Community Plans function as blueprints to guide growth in neighborhoods, providing specific policies and strategies to achieve each community’s vision and the broader objectives of the General Plan.
Community Plans are important because they:

  • Inform​ developers and residents where development will be permitted and what type of development will be permitted;
  • Help accommodate anticipated jobs and housing; and
  • Guide the review process of new development to ensure that it is consistent with the community’s vision.

Why are the plans being updated now?
Mayor Garcetti and the City Council have committed to updating all 35 of the City’s Community Plans by 2024 to provide more contemporary land use plans and policies for all Angelenos. As part of the Department’s strategy and process for updating all of the Community Plans within this time frame, it is updating the Westside Community Plans between 2018 and 2021.

What is the process for updating the Westside Community Plans?
During the update, the Department of City Planning will:

  • Inform and engage with the community for input and feedback on community vision and guiding policies;
  • Conduct land use research and demographic analysis;
  • Update the Plan goals, policies, land use designations, and zoning;
  • Prepare an Environmental Impact Report; and
  • Present proposed Plans to the City Planning Commission for recommendation and City Council for approval.

How far into the future do we plan?
The horizon for the Community Plans is 20 to 25 years into the future.

What is the end product?
This Community Plan update process results in four separate final products:

  1. The Community Plan text, which contains the goals, policies, and programs for future land-use decision making.
  2. The Community Plan land use map, which designates the land use for each property in the Community Plan Area.
  3. Implementing tools, such as new zoning designations.
  4. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which discloses and analyzes the environmental impacts of the Plan.

What is re:codeLA and how will it affect the Community Plan update process?
re:codeLA is the Department’s program to comprehensively revise the City of Los Angeles’s Zoning Code. The revision is meant to simplify use and development regulations while making the development process more efficient and predictable.

Will new Specific Plans or Overlays be included as part of the Community Plan updates? What will happen with existing Specific Plans and overlays?
The Department is moving away from creating new Specific Plans or overlays within Community Plan areas. Instead, the preferred approach is to incorporate unique neighborhood characteristics or development standards into the new zoning which will have expanded regulatory controls. Existing Specific Plans will continue to be enforced and will be evaluated at a later time for updates or incorporation into the new zoning.

How will the new Community Plans interact with the Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Program?
Created as a result of Measure JJJ, approved by voters in 2016, the TOC Program establishes a set of incentives, such as density and floor area increases, for qualifying residential and mixed-use projects located near major transit stops. To qualify for incentives, TOC projects are required to include a set percentage of affordable housing. While the TOC regulations have been implemented citywide, there is flexibility for tailoring as we update Community Plans. These regulations will be captured as part of the new zoning through re:code and will include both general development regulations and site-specific regulations.

How can members of the community get involved?
The Los Angeles City Planning Department will continue to engage with communities and community stakeholders through meetings, public events, and online webinars. The Department also regularly emails notifications and announcements to its mailing list. Additionally, Neighborhood Councils are having discussions about the Community Plans, and all stakeholders are encouraged to participate in those conversations.

How can I get answers to my questions, express concerns that I have, or make suggestions about my community?
Reach out to the team by emailing us at planning.thewestside@lacity.org.

Where can I get more information?
Explore the Department’s website to find current Community Plans, public outreach events, documents, and other general updates. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/planningthewestside.

Download FAQ PDF

Public Outreach Plan

Help plan the Westside! The Community Plan update process includes numerous opportunities to participate. The timeline below provides a tentative schedule of major public outreach events. Please join our email list and check the News tab for the latest announcements.

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Outreach Plan


Current and Recent Events

Event Date
July 10, 2019
Event Time
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Event Location
Mark Twain Middle School Cafeteria, 2224 Walgrove Ave.

JOIN US as we share initial selections of land use ideas based upon the community input we have received over the past several months. What's your vision?

DROP IN anytime during the open house workshops. Let us know if we got it right and share more ideas. Newcomers welcome. 

READ MORE AND VIEW MATERIALS

Event Date
June 24, 2019
Event Time
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Event Location
Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd.

JOIN US as we share initial selections of land use ideas based upon the community input we have received over the past several months. What's your vision?

DROP IN anytime during the open house workshops. Let us know if we got it right and share more ideas. Newcomers welcome. 

READ MORE AND VIEW MATERIALS

Event Date
June 22, 2019
Event Time
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Event Location
Windward School Gym, 11350 Palms Blvd.

JOIN US as we share initial selections of land use ideas based upon the community input we have received over the past several months. What's your vision?

DROP IN anytime during the open house workshops. Let us know if we got it right and share more ideas. Newcomers welcome. 

READ MORE AND VIEW MATERIALS

Event Date
June 18, 2019
Event Time
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Event Location
Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility, 11214 West Exposition Blvd.

JOIN US as we share initial selections of land use ideas based upon the community input we have received over the past several months. What's your vision?

DROP IN anytime during the open house workshops. Let us know if we got it right and share more ideas. Newcomers welcome. 

READ MORE AND VIEW MATERIALS

Past Events

Event Date
September 20, 2018
Event Time
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Event Location
Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet, Social Hall, 7400 Manchester Ave.

Help shape the future of your community

The Department of City Planning is updating the Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan (which include Playa Vista), your community's blueprint for growth and land use. Come learn more about the Westside Community Plans Update and tell us about the opportunities and constraints you see and your vision for your community.

Please join us, we're here to listen.

Parking will be provide on site. Please enter the parking lot nearest the Social Hall from West 91st Street.

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Event Date
September 29, 2018
Event Time
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Event Location
Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave.

Help shape the future of your community

The Department of City Planning is updating the Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey Community Plan, your community's blueprint for growth and land use. Come learn more about the Westside Community Plans Update and tell us about the opportunities and constraints you see and your vision for your community.

Please join us, we're here to listen.

Limited on-site parking will be available. Please enter the parking lot from Motor Avenue or use street parking.

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Event Date
October 02, 2018
Event Time
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Event Location
Westminster Avenue Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Help shape the future of your community

The Department of City Planning is updating the Venice Community Plan, your community's blueprint for growth and land use. Come learn more about the Westside Community Plans Update and tell us about the opportunities and constraints you see and your vision for your community.

Please join us, we're here to listen.

Limited on-site parking will be available. Please enter the parking lot nearest the Auditorium form Westminster Avenue, or use street parking.

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Event Date
October 25, 2018
Event Time
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Event Location
Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility, 11214 West Exposition Blvd.

Help shape the future of your community

The Department of City Planning is updating the West Los Angeles Community Plan, your community's blueprint for growth and land use. Come learn more about the Westside Community Plans Update and tell us about the opportunities and constraints you see and your vision for your community.

Please join us, we're here to listen.

Parking will be provided on site. Please enter the Facility parking lot from Sepulveda or the Metro parking structure from Exposition. Walk-ins are welcome.

UPDATE: For materials from these events and a video recording of the live webinar.

​The Planning 101: Community Planning webinar video

How does the Community Plan Update affect you and your community? Learn how Community Plans work, what the update process is about, and how to get involved.

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UPDATE: For materials from these Neighborhood Council presentations, click here.

Join the Westside planning team at your next Neighborhood Council meeting to learn more about the Community Plan Update process and how you can get involved.

For more information contact planning.thewestside@lacity.org.

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Attend a meeting or event
Check our Events page for meeting and event information.
 


Take a survey 
Please click here to take the Westside Community Plans Survey.
Download our survey. Send it back to us once completed. 

Like the Westside Community Plans on Facebook
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Conclusion of Community Plans Workshops

During the months of June and July, the Westside Planning Team conducted a Community Plan Workshop in each plan area : West Los Angeles, Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey, Westchester-Playa del Rey, and Venice. These workshops brought residents and planners together to review selections of land use ideas based upon input received from community stakeholders over the past year. During these workshops, we had the opportunity to confirm whether we accurately captured community concerns and land use considerations. We also received additional feedback. Thank you to everyone who attended! 

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Palms Community Day

This Saturday, May 18, the Palms Neighborhood Council is hosting their 3rd annual Palms Community Day. The Westside team will be present to share more about the Westside Community Plans Update. Be sure to stop by and say hello!


What: 3rd Annual Palms Community Day 
When: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11 am - 3 pm
Where: Palms Expo Line Station 
Why: Food trucks, live performances and more! 

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Planning 101: Planning for the Environment

The Department of City Planning is presenting a series of Planning 101 training sessions during the month of May! The next meeting, taking place on Monday, May 20, 2019 will be in West Los Angeles at the Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Center.

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Neighborhood Council Walking Tours

In February 2019, the Westside Community Plans team participated in a series of Neighborhood Council Walking tours.

These walking tours, planned and conducted by the Neighborhood Council representatives, provided on-the-ground perspectives of issues and opportunities in the four community plan areas. 

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Local Coastal Program Office Hours

The Venice Local Coastal Program planning team will be hosting a "Pop Up" Office Hours in Venice.This is an opportunity for the community to engage with the Venice LCP team and project planners for the Venice area. Members of the Westside Community Plan Update team will also be present to answer questions about the Community Plan Update process. Your participation is important and we look forward to seeing you there!

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Initial Outreach Activities

The Westside Planning Team has reached a major milestone by successfully completing our initial phase of outreach activities for the Westside Community Plans Update Program!

The Kick-off events provided an excellent first opportunity for the community to identify issues and opportunities, as well as share their vision for their community. Over the next few months, staff will be reviewing and synthesizing these comments and use them to inform us while preparing concept ideas and policy statements for each of the four community plans.

Neighborhood Council Presentation Series

Since officially launching the Westside Community Plans Update, the Westside Planning Team initiated a series of Neighborhood Council presentations! We have completed the process of meeting with the nine Neighborhood Councils located within the four Community Plan Areas, as well as the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils, to share information and answer questions about the community plan update process.

The Westside Planning Team has presented at the following Neighborhood Council meetings:

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Westside Community Plans Launched!

Westside Community Plans Update- Planning the Westside
 
Thank You for visiting our website!

The Department of City Planning has officially launched a three-year effort to update four Community Plans for the Westside region of Los Angeles: Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey, Venice, West Los Angeles, and Westchester-Playa Del Rey.
 

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Find more information related to the Westside Community Plans at the links below.

General Inquiry

Email: planning.thewestside@lacity.org
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Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St, Rm 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Planning Staff Contact Info

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Westchester

West Los Angeles Westchester-Playa Del Rey
Antonio Isaia Emily Gable
Project Manager Project Manager
antonio.isaia@lacity.org emily.gable@lacity.org
(213) 978-1353 (213) 978-1342
   
Naomi Guth Naomi Guth
City Planner City Planner
naomi.guth@lacity.org naomi.guth@lacity.org
(213) 978-1201 (213) 978-1201

Venice

Palms

Venice Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey
Simi Aliu Diego Janacua
Project Manager Project Manager
simi.aliu@lacity.org diego.janacua@lacity.org
(213) 978-1359 (213) 978-1657
   
Kinikia Gardner Kinikia Gardner
City Planner City Planner
kinikia.gardner@lacity.org kinikia.gardner@lacity.org
(213) 978-1445 (213) 978-1445

City Planning encourages Angelenos to participate in the update process so that the Community Plans reflect residents’ values and vision. Here are three easy ways to get involved. 

  • Attend a meeting or event (check our Events page)

  • Sign up for email updates

  • Like us on Facebook

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