Southwest Valley Community Plans Update

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SOUTHwEST VALLEY PLANS

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Canoga Park — Winnetka — Woodland Hills — West Hills

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Reseda — West Van Nuys

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Encino — Tarzana

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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.

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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.

Proposed General Plan Land Use Designations Storymap (December 2020)

Submit a Comment

We strongly encourage you to fill out the Community Feedback Survey as it contains guided questions that would further influence the future draft plan. In addition, you can also drop general comments on the proposed Plans at the parcel by parcel level directly onto the Comments Map which can be found following the survey.

Watch the Webinar Recordings:

Environmental Impact Report

Scoping Meeting (Spring 2019)

The Southwest Valley Community Plan team hosted four webinars in the Fall of 2020 to release the Draft Land Use Designations for each of the three Community Plan areas: Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills-West HIlls, Encino-Tarzana, and Reseda-West Van Nuys.

The webinars hosted shared the feedback we gathered at previous outreach events, presented land use changes to each Community Plan, and explained how the new zoning will be embedded in each Community Plan update.

Recordings of Draft Land Use Designation Webinars

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, 04/14/2018 - 11:48 AM

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.


The Southwest Valley Community Plans Update Program hosted eight workshops throughout the Southwest Valley project area in the summer of 2017 to introduce the community plans update process and obtain feedback from community stakeholders. These events were part of the listening phase of our outreach strategy.

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.

Andy Rodriguez, Supervisor Jojo Pewsawang Erika Cui
(818) 374-5047 (213) 978-1214 (818) 374-5046
andy.rodriguez@lacity.org jojo.pewsawang@lacity.org erika.cui@lacity.org

 

Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills- West Hills Community Plan
Encino-Tarzana Community Plan
Reseda-West Van Nuys Community Plan
Lucy Martinez Miguel Hernandez Katherine Stiegemeyer
(818) 374-5058 (818) 374-5066 (818) 374-5069
lucy.martinez@lacity.org miguel.hernandez@lacity.org katherine.stiegemeyer@lacity.org
     

 

Recent Update: Change to the Southwest Valley Community Plan Update Program and the Ventura-Cahuenga Boulevard Specific Plan Amendment Program

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Woodland Hills At Fallbrook MAP 1 Option B

Los Angeles City Planning (LACP) recently announced that in order to support the post-pandemic recovery of Ventura Boulevard, the Ventura-Cahuenga Specific Plan Amendment Unit will focus on issues of immediate concern to businesses and stakeholders along the Corridor. This includes streamlining signage clearances, modernizing Project Impact Assessment (PIA) fee expenditures, and improving mobility along the Corridor, in order to ensure that businesses get the help they need. This team will be hosting virtual outreach events on the latest proposals on October 27, November 2 and November 4, more information available online here.

For this reason, LACP will address the implementation of the New Zoning Code program to the Ventura-Cahuenga Specific Plan Amendment as part of the Southwest Valley Community Plan Update. This approach will use the City’s resources more effectively and support community-by-community zoning that respects each neighborhood’s priorities. This program change provides an opportunity to take a holistic approach to land use planning around the Ventura Boulevard corridor. The Community Plans seek to plan land use around incoming infrastructure, respond to changing market conditions and demographic projections, and create opportunities for housing and employment. Including Ventura Boulevard in this effort is a logical step to create an integrated land use plan that reflects a collective vision for the South Valley.

In response to this program change, the Southwest Valley Community Plan Updates Unit plans to conduct outreach in early 2022, which would provide updates to the Proposed General Plan Land Use Map we released in December 2020. We will be in touch in the near future with more information regarding future engagement opportunities for the Southwest Valley Community Plans Update, which includes updates to the Canoga Park - Winnetka - Woodland Hills - West Hills, Encino - Tarzana, and Reseda - West Van Nuys Community Plan Areas.

Spanish Translation

El Departamento de Planeación de Los Ángeles (Los Angeles City Planning, LACP) anunció recientemente que para apoyar la recuperación de Ventura Boulevard después de la pandemia, la Unidad de Enmienda al Plan Específico de Ventura-Cahuenga se enfocará en los temas de interés inmediato para los negocios y otras partes interesadas del Corredor. Esto incluye la simplificación de los permisos de letreros, la modernización de los gastos de la tarifa de Valoración del Impacto de Proyecto (PIA, por sus siglas en inglés), y la mejora de la movilidad por todo el Corredor, para asegurar que los negocios reciben la ayuda necesaria. El equipo organizará eventos virtuales de alcance público sobre las últimas propuestas para las fechas del 27 de octubre y el 2 y el 4 de noviembre; para más información haga clic aquí.

El Departamento de Planeación abordará la aplicación del nuevo Código de Zonificación a la Enmienda al Plan Específico del Corredor de Ventura-Cahuenga Boulevard como parte de la actualización de los planes comunitarios ya en curso en el Suroeste del Valle. Este enfoque significa una utilización más efectiva de los recursos de la Ciudad y apoyo para la zonificación adaptada que respeta las prioridades de cada comunidad. Este cambio en el programa es una oportunidad para usar un enfoque integral a la planeación de uso de suelo en los alrededores del corredor de Ventura Boulevard. Los planes comunitarios buscan establecer el uso de suelo en función de la infraestructura próxima, responder a los cambios en las condiciones del mercado y los pronósticos demográficos, y crear oportunidades para la vivienda y el empleo. La inclusión de la planeación de Ventura Boulevard en este esfuerzo es un paso razonable para crear un plan de uso de suelo integrado que refleja una visión colectiva para el Suroeste del Valle.

En respuesta a este cambio en el programa, la unidad de Actualización de los Planes Comunitarios del Suroeste del Valle realizará actividades de alcance público en los primeros meses del 2022, con actualizaciones al Mapa Propuesto de Uso de Suelo del Plan General que fue publicado en diciembre del 2020. Estaremos en contacto dentro de poco con más información sobre las oportunidades de alcance público del programa de Actualización de los Planes Comunitarios del Suroeste del Valle, que incluye actualizaciones al plan de Canoga Park - Winnetka - Woodland Hills - West Hills, el plan de Encino - Tarzana, y el plan de Reseda - West Van Nuys.

Related LACP Programs

Ventura - Cahuenga Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan Amendment
 

Click below to learn more about the Ventura-Cahuenga Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan Amendment Program

Housing Element Update Program
 

Click below to learn more about the Housing Element Update Program

New Zoning Code
 

Click below to learn more about the New Zoning Code to be implemented as part of the Southwest Valley Community Plan Update Program

Warner Center Specific Plan
 

Click below to learn more about the Warner Center Specific Plan.
 

Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan
 

Click below to learn more about the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan