Southwest Valley Community Plans Update

SOUTHwEST VALLEY PLANS

Canoga Park — Winnetka — Woodland Hills — West Hills

Reseda — West Van Nuys

Encino — Tarzana

Southwest Valley Plans

The Los Angeles City Planning Department has begun the six-year process of updating its 35 Community Plans. The plans constitute the Land Use Element of the General Plan, the long-range planning document that presents the City’s vision for the future of its neighborhoods. The Department incorporates input from the community into its policies and programs, which will guide development and growth in Los Angeles's neighborhoods for years to come.

As part of this process, the Department is concurrently updating three plans: Canoga Park – Winnetka – Woodland Hills – West Hills, Encino – Tarzana, and Reseda – West Van Nuys. These three documents are the Southwest Valley Plans.

The Department’s aim is to engage the community around two key goals: planning for projected population and employment growth in the Southwest Valley over the next 25 years, and applying the City’s new Zoning Code structure to the region. Residents’ participation in the plan update will be vital for ensuring that the City’s land use policy accurately reflects the community’s vision for the Southwest Valley.

Timeline

The Southwest Valley Plans are operating on a three-year timeline. The infographic below displays milestones in the process.

Timeline

Updates to the Southwest Valley Plans will affect eight neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Choose a Plan Area below to learn more about the neighborhoods and to read existing Community Plans and land use policies. 

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The Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills-West Hills Community Plan Area is about 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Its boundaries are, roughly, Roscoe Boulevard to the north, Corbin Avenue to the east, Mulholland Drive to the south, and the city limits to the west. It borders the Community Plan Areas of Chatsworth-Porter Ranch to the north, Encino – Tarzana and Reseda –West Van Nuys to the east, and Brentwood – Pacific Palisades to the south.

The plan area includes four communities:

  • Canoga Park is located in the flats of the southwestern San Fernando Valley, with Roscoe Boulevard to the north, De Soto Avenue to the east, Victory Boulevard to the south, and Shoup Avenue to the west. The 1910s town of Owensmouth is located in today’s Canoga Park.
     
  • Winnetka, also in the flats of the southwestern San Fernando Valley, borders Canoga Park to the east. Its boundaries are Roscoe Boulevard to the north, Victory Boulevard to the south, Corbin Avenue to the east, and De Soto Avenue to the west. Winnetka is the former location of the Weeks Poultry Colony, a utopian agricultural community that was active between 1923 and 1934.
     
  • Woodland Hills extends north and south of U.S. Route 101 (the Ventura Freeway). Its southern boundary in the Santa Monica Mountains roughly coincides with Mulholland Drive. Victory Boulevard marks its northern limit, Corbin Avenue its eastern limit. It is bordered to the southwest and west by the cities of Calabasas and Hidden Hills. The 1920s town of Girard was located in Woodland Hills, in the hills south of Ventura Boulevard.
     
  • West Hills is located in the westernmost reaches of the south San Fernando Valley, extending to Bell Canyon and El Escorpión Park in the Simi Hills. West Hills is generally located west of Shoup Avenue, north of Victory Boulevard, and south of Roscoe Boulevard. The western boundary is irregular and extends slightly west of Valley Circle Boulevard.

Please note that Community Plan boundaries do not necessarily align with Neighborhood Council boundaries. In the Southwest Valley Plans, the following neighborhoods span multiple Community Plan Areas: Canoga Park, Encino, Lake Balboa, North Hills East, Northridge South, Tarzana, West Hills, and Winnetka.

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The Reseda-West Van Nuys community plan area is located near the center of the San Fernando Valley, about 23 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Its boundaries are, roughly, Roscoe Boulevard to the north, Sepulveda to the east (along northern border), Valjean to the east (from Saticoy to southern border), ​Victory to the south (between Balboa & Valjean), Oxnard to the south (between Corbin & Balboa, and Corbin Avenue to the west, .  

The plan area includes two communities: 
 

  • Reseda makes up a large portion of the plan area, between Roscoe Boulevard, Victory Boulevard, Corbin Avenue and White Oak Avenue. It is bordered by Lake Balboa to the east and Winnetka to the west.
     
  • Lake Balboa occupies roughly the center of the plan area, between Roscoe Boulevard, Victory Boulevard and White Oak Avenue, just west of the Van Nuys Airport. The area occupied by the community of Lake Balboa was originally part of Van Nuys; it was officially renamed in 2007. 


Please note that Community Plan boundaries do not necessarily align with Neighborhood Council boundaries. In the Southwest Valley Plans, the following neighborhoods span multiple Community Plan areas: Canoga Park, Encino,  Lake Balboa, North Hills East, Northridge South, Tarzana, West Hills, and Winnetka. ​

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The Encino-Tarzana  community plan area is located in the south San Fernando Valley, just north of the Santa Monica Mountains. Its boundaries are, roughly, Oxnard Street/Metro Orange Line to the north, Interstate 405 (also known as the San Diego Freeway) to the east, Mulholland Drive to the south, and Corbin Avenue to the west. It borders the community plan area of Reseda-West Van Nuys to the north, Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass to the east, Brentwood-Pacific Palisades to the south, and Canoga Park- Winnetka-Woodland Hills-West Hills to the west.

The plan area includes two communities:

  • Encino  makes up about half of the plan area, with boundaries south of the Sepulveda Basin and generally east of Lindley Avenue. Encino has two distinct areas: the flats north of Ventura Boulevard, and the hilly areas to the south of the Boulevard. Some of the neighborhoods in the southeast, adjacent to the Sepulveda Pass through the Santa Monica Mountains, have historically identified as part of the Sherman Oaks neighborhood.
     
  • Tarzana  makes up the western half of the plan area, with boundaries generally west of Lindley Avenue. Similar to Encino, Tarzana features two distinct areas: the flats to the north of Ventura Boulevard and the hills to the south.

    The plan area also includes the  Sepulveda Basin , which is a flood control basin and public recreation area created in the 1940s.
     

Please note that Community Plan boundaries do not necessarily align with Neighborhood Council boundaries. In the Southwest Valley Plans, the following neighborhoods span multiple Community Plan areas: Canoga Park, Encino, Lake Balboa, North Hills East, Northridge South, Tarzana, West Hills, and Winnetka.

Concepts Workshop Events 2018

The Southwest Valley Community Plans team hosted five Concept Workshops in the winter of 2018 to share the feedback we gathered at previous outreach events, present proposed changes to each Community Plan, and explain how the new re:code LA zones will be embedded in each Community Plan update.

Multiple stations at each Concept Workshop allowed stakeholders to review the analysis conducted so far at each area. Stations covered the Community Plan update and participation process, the existing Community Plan profile, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, mobility and Transit Neighborhood Plan concepts, SurveyLA and preservation tools, and proposed land use and zoning areas. One station was devoted to collecting verbal and written comments.

You can view the flyer for this event here.

Find the concepts for proposed land use changes here:
Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills-West Hills
Encino-Tarzana
Reseda-West Van Nuys
Common Board

The Department welcomes comments. Please visit our Contact page for staff members' contact information.

Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills-West Hills


Encino-Tarzana


Reseda-West Van Nuys


2017 Outreach Material

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning invites you to attend an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting in your area to give public comment on the environment impacts of the proposed Southwest Valley Community Plans Update. The Southwest Valley Community Plans include the Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills-West Hills, Encino-Tarzana, and Reseda-West Van Nuys Community Plans.

CONCEPTS WORKSHOPS 2018
Sat, 14/04/2018 - 11:48 AM

In the summer of 2017, the Department of Planning embarked on a three-year process to update the Community Plans for the Southwest San Fernando Valley: Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills, Encino-Tarzana, and Reseda-West Van Nuys. During that time, the Southwest Valley teams held several initial workshops to introduce the residents and stakeholders in each commmunity to their Community Plans, how they work, the public's role in shaping them, and to receive ideas and comments from each community.

The Valley Community Planning Division of the Department of City Planning visited the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council at their regularly scheduled board meeting on May 10, 2017 at the American Legion Post 826. The Community Planning staff were there to share the news that the City is kicking off an update to three community plans in the Southwest San Fernando Valley: Canoga Park-Winnetka- Woodland Hills–West Hills, Reseda-West Van Nuys, and Encino-Tarzana.

Tarzana NC Land Use Committee Meeting
Mon, 01/05/2017 - 12:29 PM

On June 19, 2017, the Tarzana Neighborhood Council - Land Use and Planning Committee met at the Tarzana Child Care Center at 7:30 p.m to discuss a variety of land use issues. The evening was lively, and it was easy to see how passionate the attendees were about their community. The Valley Community Plan Unit introduced the concept of the Community Plan Update to the public and invited them to attend one of the upcoming public workshops.

Planning Staff Contact Info

Please email planning.swvalley@lacity.org with questions or feedback on the Community Plan update process. Include the name of the Community Plan of interest in the subject line. Alternatively, contact one of the staff members listed below.

Claudia Rodriguez, Supervisor
(818) 374-5067
claudia.rodriguez@lacity.org
Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills- West Hills Community Plan
Encino-Tarzana Community Plan

Reseda-West Van Nuys Community Plan
Correy Kitchens, Planner Michelle Montenegro, Planner Erika Lam, Planner
(818) 374-5034 (818) 374-3384 (818) 374-5046
correy.kitchens@lacity.org michelle.montenegro@lacity.org erika.lam@lacity.org
     
Nelson Rodriguez, Planner   Michelle Montenegro, Planner
(818) 374-5048   (818) 374-3384
nelson.rodriguez@lacity.org   michelle.montenegro@lacity.org