Reflecting its commitment to equity and environmental justice, the Los Angeles City Planning Department has established street standards that provide safe and efficient transportation options for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists. The Department’s prioritized set of land use and transportation considerations strive toward equity in safety, public health, and access. For additional information, contact Rubina Ghazarian (firstname.lastname@example.org, (213) 978-1194) or Jonathan Ayon (email@example.com, (213) 978-1887).
A city as diverse as Los Angeles requires a transportation system that accommodates all users.
Mobility Element of the General Plan
The Mobility Plan 2035 —one of the Elements of the City’s General Plan—lays out the policy foundation for achieving a transportation system that balances the needs of all road users. The priorities of the Mobility Plan 2035 include:
- Safety First: Focusing on safety, education, and enforcement
- Access for all Angelenos: Increasing access through greater community connections
- World Class Infrastructure: Investing in the construction of Complete Streets Networks
- Collaboration, Communications, and Informed Choices: Using open data and information to inform future policy considerations
- Clean Environment & Healthy Communities: Tackling issues related to the overall health and sustainability of Los Angeles’ neighborhoods
The Complete Streets Design Guide accompanies the Mobility Plan 2035, outlining the vision for designing safe, accessible, and vibrant streets in Los Angeles. The guide compiles design concepts and best practices that promote safe and accessible streets.
The updated Streets Dimension Standard Plan (Standards S-470-1) reflects an expanded suite of street arterials and non-arterials to align with the goals and policies of the Mobility Plan 2035.
Transportation Analysis Update
The City Planning Department, in collaboration with LADOT, is modernizing the City of Los Angeles approach to transportation analysis.
This effort includes updating the City’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines to comply with and implement recent changes to State law. Senate Bill 743 requires all California cities to update the way they measure transportation-related impacts to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) prior to July 1, 2020. This approach can reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, prioritize the safety, comfort, and access of all street users, and plan for well-connected, healthy communities.
Additionally, LADOT is revising the City’s guidelines for evaluating project-level transportation issues outside of CEQA requirements to make sure proposed development projects, transportation projects and transportation plans are consistent with City and community mobility objectives.
- CEQA Transportation Section Update FAQ
- CEQA Transportation Section (Coming soon)
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Transportation Section
- Transportation Assessment Guidelines
- Transportation Assessment Guidelines Update Fact Sheet
- VMT Calculator
- VMT Calculator User Guide
- VMT Calculator Documentation
- TDM Strategy Appendix
- Open House and Public Hearing Boards
- Presentation to the City Planning Commission - February 28th
- Council File
Informational Video: Vehicle Miles Traveled
- Los Angeles Readies to Adopt VMT for CEQA Analysis │ UrbanizeLA Article
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Ordinance Update
The update to the City’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) ordinance is an implementation program of the Mobility Plan 2035, which would require some new development projects to implement strategies that reduce drive-alone trips by supporting transit, walking, carshare, neighborhood shuttles, and other sustainable travel options.
Today, more mobility options are available than ever before through an expanding transit system and new services, such as bike share, car share, on-demand transit, real time information, and smart technologies. An update to the ordinance complements the efforts to implement the Mobility Plan 2035 and Senate Bill 743, by requiring transportation options for projects outside of those that are found to have impacts under CEQA.
- Provide more transportation options to improve accessibility to destinations and reduce drive alone trips.
- Improve air quality, promote public health, and provide community benefits.
- Improve efficient use of the street system through proliferation of transportation options that can move more people in limited space.
- Improve quality of life and transportation happiness by advancing a transportation system that is more user friendly and accessible.
- Create context-sensitive solutions that account for land-use and transportation variations citywide, by offering a wide menu of choices for development projects.
- Offer an adaptive and responsive program that monitors strategies over time to improve program effectiveness.
- Design a streamlined project review process that offers project applicants with a clear and predictable process to obtain project approval as well as yearly opportunities to alter their plan should monitoring and evaluation demonstrate a need for adjustment.
Great Streets Challenge Grant
The Great Streets Challenge is a program of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative to envision, collaborate on, and build transformative street infrastructure projects. The Department of City Planning collaborates with the Mayor’s Office on the Great Streets Challenge to provide assistance in community outreach and engagement for planning the future of our streets. The Great Streets Challenge aims to:
- Build strong partnerships between communities and the City of Los Angeles
- Empower communities to develop a vision to transform their corridors
- Design streets with a community’s vision of how to improve our neighborhoods for all people
- Implement projects that transform our streets into safe, accessible, and vibrant public spaces in alignment with adopted City policies