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PlanCheckNC – Tomorrow @ 10:00 am

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MEETING NOTICE FOR THIS SATURDAY, MARCH  11, 2017

PlanCheckNC MEETING AGENDA
10:00 AM to 12 Noon
SATURDAY, MARCH 11,  2017
HOLLENBECK LAPD
2111 E 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
10:00 a.m. — Announcements
10:10 a.m. — Introductions
10:15 a.m. — LA City Planning

Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program (TOC Program)- Presented by Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner, Dept. of City Planning

                   
  

10:45 a.m. – Announcements

– PlanCheckNC Matrix updates
– April 8 PlanCheckNC meeting

11:30  – Adjourn
Affordable Housing Linkage Fee
Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Comparison Chart
Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Background & FAQs

We recommend that all Neighborhood Council Land Use Chairs and Committee Members attend this Meeting.

Are you on a Neighborhood Council or Community Council Land Use Committee? If so you need to attend PlanCheckNC meetings every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Everyone welcome.

About PlanCheckNC
PlanCheckNC is a unique grassroots network of Neighborhood Council Committee members dedicated to promote more stakeholder participation in planning and land use issues and make government more responsive to local community needs. It is the purpose of PlanCheckNC to help Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders to have the knowledge and tools to develop a vision reflective of the values of neighborhood residents and to develop and implement a land use framework that enables all stakeholders to feel that they are a part of the community, supported and valued by the community and safe in the community.
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Land Use Committee Training Class – If your Neighborhood Council is interested in a Planning 101 training class to assist you in the organization and structure of your Land Use & Planning committees please contact us at plancheckncla@gmail.com for more details and to schedule a class.  Currently we are working to schedule classes to begin in January 2017.
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reCode LA draft  is online.  The public draft is posted at http://recode.la     You can use the markup  to comment and also use the map-it feature.  Next reCode ZAC meeting is Wednesday, March 22 — info: http://recode.la  then click on events.
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Save the 2nd Saturday of each month for PlanCheckNC
Topics held in 2015-17:
– Mansionization
– Beekeeping Ordinance
– Community Plans – How the law can help communities
– Neighborhood Revitalization
– Entitlement & Case Processing Basics
– CEQA Workshop 101
– Conversation with David H. Ambroz, President L.A. City Planning Commission
– Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside Ordinance
– Neighborhood Integrity Initiative – Measure S Pro & Con
– Metro Ballot Measure
– Conversation with City Planning Director Vince Bertoni
– Planning 101 – Community Plans & ZIMAS
– City Controller Ron Galperin
– City Planning Small Lot Subdivision
– Accessory Dwelling Units
– General Plan – LA2040

PlanCheckNC Meeting – Tomorrow, Saturday (July 9th) @ Reseda

PlanCheckNC Meeting

Saturday @ 10 a.m. in Reseda: Metro’s Master Plan for Transportation Improvements. Also, updates on upcoming hearings and ordinances will be presented.

Metro’s Master Plan will be on the November ballot. Presented by Jody F. Litvak, Director, Community & Municipal Affairs, Metro Los Angeles this is an opportunity to be more informed about this pending ballot measure and the improvements in the planned for the City of Los Angeles. After the presentation there will be time for Q&A.

PlanCheckNC will also present updates on pending ordinances and hearings.

Meeting will be held at Reseda Community Space, 18118 Sherman Way, Reseda 91335

Be informed, come out to PlanCheckNC’s meeting tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Stay for the NC Sustainability Alliance which will be 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Participation at PlanCheckNC gives you the knowledge and tools to take back to your communities immediately. Join us!

PlanCheckNC was created by Neighborhood Council stakeholders to promote more stakeholder participation in planning and land use issues and make government more responsive to local community needs. The purpose of PlanCheckNC is to help Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders have the knowledge and tools to develop a vision reflective of the values of neighborhood residents and to develop and implement a land use framework that enables all stakeholders to feel that they are a part of the community– supported, safe and valued by the community.

CALL FOR “COOL BLOCK” LEADERS!

CALL FOR “COOL BLOCK” LEADERS!

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) is excited to collaborate with the City of Los Angeles and Empowerment Institute to launch “Cool Blocks LA”, an innovative program that will support Neighborhood Councils in empowering residents to measurably improve quality of life in LA, block by block.

The NCSA invites Neighborhood Councils to help identify potential “Cool Block” leaders to engage their neighbors in this pilot program.

Cool Blocks LA uses a proven, powerful neighbor-to-neighbor learning and support model that has helped thousands of people make their neighborhoods safer and healthier, prepare for disasters, save money, and lighten their environmental impact.

Cool Block teams – comprised of 5 to 8 households on a block or in a building – will participate in a guided, five-month program to green their neighborhoods, make it safer and more resilient to earthquakes and other disasters, or decide with their neighbors to do whatever is right for their area.

Cool Blocks LA offers an easy and effective opportunity for Neighborhood Councils to engage their residents, build stronger communities, expand or capitalize on community leadership skills, and improve quality of life in their community, with full support from the NCSA.

Click here for more information, and come to our Cool Blocks Café on Saturday, April 16 to learn more and meet other prospective leaders.

AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

City Controller illuminates a Dimension of ControlPanel LA to members of the Plan Check Neighborhood Council

City Controller illuminates a Dimension of ControlPanel LA to members of the Plan Check Neighborhood Council

By Connie Acosta PlanCheck Neighborhood Council member

East Los Angeles— On Saturday morning, March 12, at the Police Station Community Room in Boyle Heights, L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin shared —with members of Plan Check NC— Planning and Land Use Audits, reports to be up soon at ControlPanel LA.

Development Impact Fees Audit

“We conducted an audit on Development Impact Fees, fees the city charges per state law,” explained City Controller Ron Galperin.

Galperin started with an overview of an audit where 17 different funds with a balance of $50-Million have been sitting stagnant for the last 3 years in the city treasury. Each fund has its own rules and uses that are so narrow the money can’t be spent he said.

“We identified the funds that were more stagnant and looked at some of the issues that were a blockage for spending that money,”

Galperin worked with the City Attorney’s Office when the audit was released to change the interpretation of the rules governing those funds. Now those funds can be put to use. “It creates a liability for the city to collect money and do nothing with it,” he said.

He said that when we do audits, I require my auditors to benchmark as best as they possibly can. In 2013 -2014, we compared Los Angeles to other cities and found that:

  • “San Francisco had $3.6 Billion in permitted construction and collected $96 Million in impact Fees.”
  • “Portland had $1.5 Billion in permitted construction, and collected $31 Million in Impact Fees.”
  • “Los Angeles had $5.3 Billion in permitted construction and collected $5 million in Impact Fees.”

“I’m not suggesting that we should ‘sock it’ to developers nor make it so expensive to build that we don’t see anything created,” said Galperin. “I am suggesting that we look at the practices of other cities, so we can have the money we so desperately need for mitigation purposes, for doing the things we need in the city of Los Angeles. It’s reasonable to see what other’s charge.”

“Watch for this coming to the PLUM committee in the near future,” he added.

Density Bonuses Audit

“There are a lot of questions about Density Bonuses that are asked,” said Ron Galperin.

Auditors from the City Controller Office are working on a Density Bonuses audit, to be completed soon. Galperin said that there are a variety of requirements that a developer needs to do in exchange for a Density Bonus. But, what has the follow-up been to those requirements?

“I don’t need to tell you that it’s been poor at best, and sometimes nonexistent,” he said.

The controller office has gone back to review the Density Bonuses that were granted and will give an analysis of what has occurred.

“I think you will find that quite interesting,“ Galperin emphasized

We could just analyze what occurred and use the findings to get answers to, “Why did you do it!” Galperin clarified that instead we begin to understand what are the systems that are not in place but need to be in place, so we can get answers and be transparent for everyone to see.

Subvention Agreements Audit

The City Controller Office will be finishing up an audit in the near future on Subvention Agreements—agreements that the City entered into with developers in terms of subsidies and incentives such as tax reliefs—notably for hotels and other projects that include Warner Center.

“Part of it, is what does and doesn’t get built. Part of it, is the way this whole thing is calculated— whether we’re getting a good deal or not, and what kind of follow-up is there?” said Galperin.

“I’ve had some real issues and problems with some of these subvention agreements because there has been a lot of money that’s been given away.”

On the other hand, Galperin noted that if a project is one that’s going to be of real benefit to the community and will not otherwise happen without the city providing an incentive, “then I’m very open to us doing that. There needs to be a real high and meaningful threshold for that to be the case and needless to say that has not occurred,” he said.

How Can Audits have Legs?

“I ‘ve focused not on having as many recommendations in an audit as possible but on how to make them as meaningful as they possibly can be,” said the city controller.

Galperin gave an example of when he hired an established accounting firm to look at “change orders” at the L.A. Airport. The firm ranked the departments by their adherence to the rules of “change orders”. One recommendation was for the departments to follow the rules with much more accuracy.

“I took issue with that recommendation,” Galperin said. If a construction project is in progress and an excavation problem arises on Friday requiring a “change order,” and if the problem is more than $10,000 —comparisons are required with other comparable jobs to find reasonable costs. So to save $500 you might stop construction for two weeks, increasing the cost to $50,000. “I have been focused on making the recommendations as business-like and as practical as possible,” said Galperin.

Page Viewers

Online at https://controllerdata.lacity.org/ there is an Audit section where recommendations can be tracked.

City Controller Ron Galperin, who has tallied 7 million public page views since ControlPanel LA went up, was pleased to say: “This tells me, people are interested in this data.” He considers himself to be the luckiest person he knows doing a job he loves.

He concluded, “It’s endlessly interesting. I get to stick my nose into a lot of things. There are many opportunities to improve the way that our City operates.

Proposed Amendment to “Small Lots” Ordinance at Plan Check NC

Proposed Amendment to “Small Lots” Ordinance at Plan Check NC

By Connie Acosta, Plan Check NC member

Plan Check Neighborhood Council Meeting—On January 9, at LADWP headquarters, planners from the Los Angeles City Planning Department introduced a few key components of the proposed amendment to the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance.

The presenters were Associate Zoning Administrator Jae Kim and Senior City Planner Jane Choi. After providing a brief background on small lots, they covered the topics of yard setbacks, cantilevers over common access driveways, and height.

Jae Kim said that 10 years ago, the City adopted a Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance to create a new type of housing typology, “a hybrid housing type,” similar to a single family home; but, only authorized in multi-family zones where apartments and condominiums are allowed as well as in commercial zones. He emphasized that small lots are not allowed in single-family residential zones.

“They’re kind of tall and skinny, kind of stuck together, and … repetitive, similar to the Victorian brownstones that we see in Brooklyn and San Francisco,” said Mr. Kim.

Senior Planner Jane Choi added that in the last ten years about 200 small lot projects have been approved in this city and “between 2006-2012, housing units created through Small Lot Subdivisions contributed to 1% of the total number of housing units built in the City of Los Angeles,” Ms. Choi said.

The Yards Issues

“Yards are the biggest issue,” said Jae Kim.

Small lots in RD3 and Residential-3 zones will default to the zoning code requirement just like apartments and condominiums, except if a small lot sits in a commercial zone.

“The front yard of the underlying zone shall apply to the Front Lot Line across the board,” said Mr. Kim. Whereas, a 15 foot yard will be applied to the Rear Lot Line when a small lot is adjacent to a single-family R1, RA, RE, or RS zone; and, a 10 foot yard will be applied to the Rear Lot Line when a small lot is adjacent to all other zones.

In addition, Jane Choi said that a 5-foot yard is a requirement to the Side Lot Line of the subdivision, but not between the interior lot lines of the individual dwelling units. “We’re addressing this in the new ordinance,” she said.

Density, Design Standards, and Height Issues

“Density and Massing have been the objections,” said Mr. Kim.

The new ordinance allows for three small lots in a Residential Density (RD) 2, and four small lots in a Residential-3 Zone. “In a multifamily residential zone (R3), by virtue of the zone, a standard lot (50’ by 150’) can build 4 units,” he said.

The new design standards allow for roof modulation: Mr. Kim said that small lots with two or more floors will require an open deck of eight feet or a pitched roof.

As for the height of a project, “it is dictated by the height-district such as R3-1 which means you have to build up to 45 feet; small lot projects have to be built within that envelope,” said Miss Choi.

Common Access Driveway

“‘Muffin top design’ when there’s a common access driveway,” said Mr. Kim. “A Driveway functions as a private street; keep open to the sky and with no gates. Cantilever [extension of building over common access driveway] okay in the back up space,” he said. Five or more units need to provide a common access driveway of 20-foot wide minimum. Four or less units need to provide a common access driveway of 10-foot wide minimum.

Questions for Further Consideration

Some of the NC members were left with vague answers to their questions due to the time constrains of the meeting. The concerns were guest and tandem parking, open space, trash collection, and the issues of small lot communities.

Mid-City West NC, Planning and Land Use Committee member Keith Nakata said, “there are parking issues that remain unaddressed by the proposed amendment such as tandem parking.”

Meanwhile, Echo Park stakeholder David Rockello stated that garbage collection and, “the ingress and egress of vehicles need to be considered and as far away from existing homeowners as possible.”

City Planners Acknowledged NC Participation

City Planner Jae Kim encouraged the NC membership to phone or email comments and concerns to Jane Choi. “Email some addresses [of small lot subdivisions] that you have concerns with and I would like to walk through them myself,” he said.
There are 3 upcoming hearings in 3 different parts of the city where the components of the proposed amendment to the ordinance will be further discussed. “March 24 to the Valley Commission, then it will be brought before the City Council in April or May 2016,” Mr. Kim said.

The handouts that City Planning circulated at the meeting included contact numbers and emails of the presenters as well as the three upcoming hearing dates and their locations, and the small lots amendment draft.

Connie Acosta has been participating in the Neighborhood Council (NC) system since 2009; she is the vice chairwoman of the Planning and Land Use Committee of the Echo Park NC, and former secretary of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC).

Plan Check NC Meeting – Saturday, January 9, 2016 – 10:30 a.m

Saturday
January 9, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

Unapproved Dwelling Units Draft Ordinance
and
Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance Amendment
Comment period is open — come out and hear the latest details and ask questions.

Speakers:
Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner, Los Angeles City Planning Department
Jae H. Kim, Los Angeles City Planning Department
Meeting will be held at:

LADWP
111 N. Hope Street
Los Angeles

**Enter at the Guard Gate on Hope Street saying you are with the Neighborhood Council meeting

Note:  Prior to our meeting between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the DWP Committee will hold a meeting regarding the pending rate increases.  You are welcome to attend.

Other Updates to be presented:  Community Impact Statements, Neighborhood Council Elections and a copy of the PlanCheckNC Matrix.

REMINDER:  reCode LA draft  is online.  The public draft is posted at http://recode.la/respond-now/markup . You can use the markup  to comment and also use the map-it feature. Are you on a Neighborhood Council or Community Council Land Use Committee? If so you need to attend PlanCheckNC meetings every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Everyone welcome.

About PlanCheckNC

PlanCheckNC is a unique grassroots network of Neighborhood Council Committee members dedicated to promote more stakeholder participation in planning and land use issues and make government more responsive to local community needs. It is the purpose of PlanCheckNC to help Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders to have the knowledge and tools to develop a vision reflective of the values of neighborhood residents and to develop and implement a land use framework that enables all stakeholders to feel that they are a part of the community, supported and valued by the community and safe in the community. 

Visit our website at PlanCheckNCLA.com and click on In the News for more updates including links to events, documents and more.  Sign up to receive automatic updates from PlanCheckNC  at http://plancheckncla.com/

 

Check the website for updates: PlanCheckNCLA.com

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley Volunteer Information Session – Thursday, June 9

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is seeking volunteers to join as Museum Associates for all committees!
On Thursday, July 9th, the Museum will be having an Information Session for anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer with The Museum. There will be snacks and refreshments to enjoy while you learn more about committees, events and ongoing projects.

FREE EVENT & FREE PARKING

DATE: Thursday, July 9, 2015
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St, Suite 204,
Northridge CA 91324

RSVP

The Museum is a volunteer based organization and we are always eager to welcome new people into the family. There are always plenty of areas for volunteers to assist in depending on each person’s interests. Opportunities include but are not limited to becoming a Museum docents, historic walking tour docents, marketing assistants and event organizers!

If you are unable to attend but would still like to explore the volunteer opportunities at The Museum, we strongly encourage you to follow up with chairperson of the committee you are interested in supporting.

Interested in being a grant writer for the Museum?
Contact: President, Scott Sterling
scott.sterling@themuseumsfv.org

Want to help archive artifacts? 
Contact: Acquisitions & Collections, Gary Fredburg
gary.fredburg@themuseumsfv.org 

Are you an artist?
Want to help bring more public art to the Valley? 

Contact: Public Art Initiative, Roger Dolin
roger.dolin@themuseumsfv.org

Are you great with sponsorships? 
Contact: Horses Across the Valley, Michel Stevens
michel.stevens@themuseumsfv.org

Want to be a Museum docent?
Contact: Curator, Kristine Keller
kristine.keller@themuseumsfv.org

Want to help capture the stories of Valley residents?
Contact: Oral History, Lee Davis
lee.davis@themuseumsfv.org

Want to help spread the word about the Museum? 
Contact: Outreach, Mel Mitchell
mel.mitchell@themuseumsfv.org

Want to be a historic walking tour docent?
Contact: info@themusuemsfv.org

Interested in gathering History and Researching the San Fernando Valley?
Contact: Founder & Past President, Dr. Jerry Fecht
gerald.fecht@themuseumsfv.org 

We hope you’ll consider joining the Museum’s family of volunteers.


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204

Northridge, CA 91324-3885

www.themuseumsfv.org 

(818) 347-9665

HOURS

Tuesdays: 1pm – 8pm

Thursdays: 1pm – 6pm

Saturdays: 1pm – 6pm

FREE ADMISSION | FREE PARKING

The Museum is primarily funded through memberships and private donations.

Become a member or donate today! 

Copyright © 2015 The Museum of the San Fernando Valley All rights reserved.

PlanCheckNC Meeting – Saturday – June 13, 2015

June Meeting Notice
June 13, 2015

10:00 a.m.
at New Location
Sunland-Tujunga Library
PlanCheckNC will meet Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m.

AGENDA INCLUDES PRESENTATION: Neighborhood Revitalization Institute
presented by Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County
AND Citywide Planning Updates
     

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. 

Meeting Location: (new for this meeting) Sunland-Tujunga Library
7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga

*CARPOOLING IS ALWAYS SUGGESTED BUT PARKING IS AVAILABLE BEHIND THE MUNICIPAL BLDG AT 7747 FOOTHILL.  LIBRARY IS BETWEEN THE LAFD FIRE STATION & MUNICIPAL BLDG.

REMINDER:  reCode LA draft  is online.  The public draft is posted at http://recode.la/respond-now/markup . You can use the markup  to comment and also use the map-it feature.

Are you on a Neighborhood Council or Community Council Land Use Committee? If so you need to attend PlanCheckNC meetings every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Everyone welcome.

About PlanCheckNC
PlanCheckNC is a unique grassroots networking of Neighborhood Councils to promote more stakeholder participation in planning and land use issues and make government more responsive to local community needs. It is the purpose of PlanCheckNC to help Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders to have the knowledge and tools to develop a vision reflective of the values of neighborhood residents and to develop and implement a land use framework that enables all stakeholders to feel that they are a part of the community, supported and valued by the community and safe in the community.  Visit our website at PlanCheckNCLA.com and click on In the News for more updates including links to events, documents and more.  Sign up to receive automatic updates from PlanCheckNC  at http://plancheckncla.com/

Check the website for updates: PlanCheckNCLA.com

A Closer Look at Affordable Housing: PlanCheckNC This Saturday

A Closer Look at Affordable Housing: PlanCheckNC This Saturday

Affordable housing: what is it? Who qualifies? How much are the rents? Where does the money come from? What kind of design elements are required?

Get these and more questions answered this Saturday as part of PlanCheckNC’s ongoing series of educational programs and issues forums. This month, Plan Check NC welcomes guest speakers Maurice Ramirez from AMCAL Housing and Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

Maurice Ramirez has worked on building new affordable housing apartments throughout California and preserved old hotels in the mid-Wilshire area. Matthew Glesne is responsible for updating the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan, tracking housing production and advising the Department on various housing issues. He is also the City Planning Department’s liaison to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

Date: Saturday, April 11 2015
Time: 10:00am
Location: Junipero Serra Library
4607 S. Main St, Los Angeles, 90037 [map]

PlanCheckNC was created by Neighborhood Council  stakeholders to promote more stakeholder participation in planning and land use issues and make government more responsive to local community needs. The purpose of PlanCheckNC is to help Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders have the knowledge and tools to develop a vision reflective of the values of neighborhood residents and to develop and implement a land use framework that enables all stakeholders to feel that they are a part of the community– supported, safe and valued by the community.

For more information, visit PlanCheckNCLA.com.

Plan Check NC, This Saturday, April 11 @ 10:00 am

P1000193Confirmed Meeting Location is: Junipero Serra Library, 4607 S. Main, Los Angeles 90037 http://www.lapl.org/branches/junipero-serra)

Affordable Housing

• Who qualifies – What is the maximum income?
• How much are the rents?
• Who lives in them, what are their jobs?
• Where does the government funding money come from? What are the restrictions and • requirements on its use?
• Can the community change the design and location if they dislike it? Why does it get “incentives”?
• What kind of design elements are required?
• Where can it be situated?
• Why is parking reduced?

We welcome Maurice Ramirez, who works at AMCAL Multi-Housing and has built new affordable housing apartments throughout California and preserved old hotels in the mid-Wilshire area, using city, county and state taxpayer funds.

and

Matthew Glesne, the Housing Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, working in the Citywide Policy Planning section.  In this position, he is responsible for updating the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan, tracking housing production and advising the Department on various housing issues. He is also the Department’s liaison to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

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