Downtown Los Angeles Community Plan Update

The Los Angeles City Planning Department is partnering with the Downtown community to update the Central City and Central City North Community Plans. The Downtown Community Plan will describe a collective vision for Downtown’s future and include policies, plans, and implementation programs that frame the City’s long-term priorities. Downtown will have the first Community Plan in the City to apply new zoning tools developed as part of the comprehensive update to the City of Los Angeles’s Zoning Code.

The update of the Downtown Community Plan takes cues from the City’s General Plan, particularly from its Framework Element, which describes the City’s long-term growth strategy. The Framework Element lays out goals, objectives, and policies for the range of land uses throughout the City, including Downtown, and guides the development of Community Plans. The Framework Element describes Downtown as “the principal government and business center of the region, with a worldwide market,” “the highest-density center of the City,” and a “hub of regional transportation.”

The Plan will build on Downtown’s concentration of transit options. With support from Metro’s Transit Oriented Development Grant Program, the City is promoting Downtown’s role as the convergence point of regional transit lines that connect multiple cities across Los Angeles County.

What is a Community Plan? Why do we need to update it? 

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

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Purpose 

The ambition of the Downtown Community Plan is to create and implement a vision of the future for Downtown Los Angeles. Downtown is the birthplace of Los Angeles and the primary center of urban activity in the region. It remains the City's commercial, entertainment, cultural, and civic heart. Now enjoying a renaissance, Downtown is home to a diverse range of industries and a patchwork of distinct neighborhoods that sit at the center of an expanding regional transportation network. According to regional projections, by the year 2040, Downtown will be adding approximately:

+ 125,000 people

+ 70,000 housing units

+ 55,000 jobs

The Plan will strive to support and sustain the ongoing revitalization of Downtown, while thoughtfully accommodating this projected future growth.

A strong core is important to the health of the City.

The Plan will promote a dynamic, healthy and sustainable Downtown core that is tightly connected to its surroundings and supports the City of Los Angeles and the region.

The following core principles represent the long-term priorities for the Downtown Community Plan:

  • Accommodate anticipated growth through 2040 in an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and healthy manner, while supporting and sustaining Downtown's ongoing revitalization

  • Reinforce Downtown's jobs orientation

  • Grow and support the residential base

  • Strengthen neighborhood character

  • Promote a transit-, bicycle-, and pedestrian-friendly environment

  • Create linkages between districts

  • Create a world-class streets and public realm
     

In advance of the release of the full Downtown Community Plan and Zoning Code, the Los Angeles City Planning Department is pleased to share key portions of the preliminary Draft Downtown Community Plan.

Click on the images below to view:

  • Preliminary Draft Downtown Community Plan text
  • Draft Downtown Community Plan Land Use Map
  • Proposed Community Benefits Program Summary

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Land Use Map

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The interactive story map below provides an overview of the Draft Downtown Community Plan. Explore the map to learn more about the proposed policy and zoning concepts.

What's Next?

Over the coming months, the Department will solicit feedback on the draft components below and further refine them. The Department will attend Neighborhood Council meetings and other community events this summer to discuss the preliminary draft materials and will host a multi-day Open Studio event later this year.

Story Map

Timeline

Timeline

Draft Documents

Here you can view draft documents and outreach materials as they become available.

Materials presented in collaboration with re:code LA are also available here.

EIR Scoping Meeting

The documents below were shared at the Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting for the updates to the Downtown Community Plans & Amendments to the LAMC as part of re:code LA.

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Environmental Impact Report - Overview

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Project Introduction & Background Information

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Draft Downtown General Plan Designations

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re:code LA

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Downtown Community Plans EIR Scoping Meeting Presentation
 


Draft Concepts from the Open Studio

The documents below reflect draft policy concepts that will continue to be refined throughout the Plan development process. To learn more about the Open Studio & Design Charrette visit our News & Events page.

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Introduction & Background Information

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Growth Strategies

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Jobs

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Mobility

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Community Character

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Housing

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Streets & Open Space


Additional Policy Documents & Outreach Materials 
Draft Plan Concepts for the Skid Row Area - June 2019
The Draft Plan Concepts for the Skid Row Area pamphlet provides a summary of the draft zoning regulations for the Skid Row area.
Shaping the Skyline - A Dialogue with AIA
- March 2018

The Shaping the Skyline - A Dialogue with AIA  document provides an overview of existing conditions and draft policy direction for urban form, especially as it relates to Downtown's skyline.
Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC) Land Use Committee Meeting - February 2018
The Downtown Community Plan Strategies for HCNC document provides an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan policy direction and strategies for the neighborhoods represented by the HCNC.
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 Festival for All Skid Row Artists - October 2017
Thoughtful Growth for Skid Row document and Draft Concepts Map provide an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan goals and strategies for the Skid Row community. The consolidated notes provide a summary of the comments received from community members about future goals for Skid Row.
 
 
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood CouncilMeeting - February 2018
The Downtown Community Plan Strategies for DLANC document provides an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan policy direction and strategies for the neighborhoods represented by the DLANC.
Little Tokyo Community Outreach - November 2017
The Draft Concepts Map provides an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan goals and strategies for the Little Tokyo community. 
Chinatown Community Outreach - October 2017
The Draft Concepts Map provides an overview of draft Downtown Community Plan goals and strategies for the Chinatown Community. The consolidated notes provide a summary of the comments received from community members about future goals for Chinatown.

Central City Association: Committee Meeting - June 2017
Theconsolidated notes provide a summary of the comments regarding draft Downtown Community Plan objectives, draft policy direction, and strategies. 

Neighborhood Vision Workshop: Fashion District - June 2017 
The power point presentation provides an overview of the Downtown Community Plan objectives, draft policy direction, and strategies for the Fashion District. The consolidated notes provide a summary of the comments from the group discussions. 

Neighborhood Vision Workshop: Skid Row Community - June 2017 
The power point presentation provides an overview of the Downtown Community Plan objectives, and draft policy direction and strategies for the Skid Row community. The consolidated notes provide a summary of the comments from the breakout group discussions. 

This document provides highlights from the full Regional Connector Existing Conditions Report July 2016
Regional Connector Existing Conditions Report (Full Document)
This document was prepared as a part of the Metro-Funded Transit Neighborhood Planning Grant
July 2016
General Development Standards Presentation to the re:code LA Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC)
December 9, 2015
Downtown Progress Report Presentation to the re:code LA Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC)
September 30, 2015
Downtown Policy Presentation to the re:code LA Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC)
September 30, 2015
 
Community Vision Documents

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Downtown Development Strategy

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LA River Master Plan

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Park 101

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Innovate DTLA

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DLANC Vision Downtown

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Sustainable Little Tokyo

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Central City East Planning Study

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Arts District Uncommon Ground

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Broadway Streetscape Master Plan

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Los Angeles Downtown Development Strategy

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Figueroa Corridor: Connecting Communities

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Figueroa Corridor Streetscape project

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South Park BID Technical Assistance Panel Report

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Downtown Strategic Plan Los Angeles

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Green Alleys in South Park Visioning Report

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Cleantech Corridor Los Angeles, California

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South Park Development Studies, Sites, and Rehab Opportunities

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South Park Development Strategies & Design Guidelines

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Our Skid Row

Planning Staff Contact Info

Contact the Downtown Community Planning Team for general questions regarding the Plan update, or individual team members with specific questions.

Craig Weber, Principal City Planner & Division Head Clare Kelley, Communications/ Outreach & Transportation  
craig.weber@lacity.org clare.kelley@lacity.org  
(213) 978-1311 (213) 978-1207  
     
Brittany Arceneaux,
Demographics & Design
Tal Harari,
Project Manager
Veena Snehansh,
Environmental Analysis
brittany.arceneaux@lacity.org  tal.harari@lacity.org veena.snehansh@lacity.org
(213) 978-1911 (213) 978-1204 (213) 978-1317
     

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