Executive Office

Director of City Planning

In the City of Los Angeles, the Director of Planning is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. As the chief executive, the Director oversees the policy agenda and development services for the Los Angeles City Planning Department.

 

When I first started in February 2016, I spoke about demystifying the planning process and making the Department more readily accessible to all Angelenos. Since then, we’ve made some great improvements—including launching a new website.

On behalf of the Executive Team, we encourage you to explore the content on our site to learn about the incredible initiatives underway. As a Department, we are advancing a long-term vision for the City—one which will inform and properly shape future land use considerations.

Sincerely,

signature - Vincent P. Bertoni, AICP

Vincent P. Bertoni, AICP
Director of Planning

Executive Team

In addition to the Director, the Executive Team is comprised of an Executive Officer and four Deputy Directors who are responsible for overseeing a Bureau within the Department. The Executive Officer and four Deputy Directors report directly to the Director.

The Executive Officer manages the affairs of the Department across the various Bureaus, providing direct support on a number of strategic initiatives. Alongside the Deputy Directors, they work in unison to advance the shared goals and objectives for the Department and its staff.

kevin keller
Kevin J. Keller, AICP
Executive Officer
Arthi Varma
Arthi Varma
Deputy Director of Planning
Citywide Policy Planning
Shana Bonstin
Shana Bonstin
Deputy Director of Planning
Community Planning
lisa webber
Lisa Webber, AICP
Deputy Director of Planning
Project Planning
Tricia Keane
Tricia Keane
Deputy Director of Planning
Resource Management
Citywide Policy Planning

The Citywide Policy Planning Bureau manages the long-range planning efforts for the Department, setting policy goals and objectives that inform the work at the neighborhood level.

Community Planning

The Community Plan Bureau oversees the policy updates to the City’s Community Plans, which inform local zoning decisions and the types of uses that are permitted on each parcel of land.

Project Planning

The Project Planning Bureau supervises most of the development functions for the Department, administering the environmental review and processing of project applications.

Resource Management

The Resource Management Bureau provides the technical, administrative, and financial services that are critical to the overall success of the entire Department.