Category Archives: VNNC Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee

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City Planning Workshops

This fall, City Planning will host Planning 101 training sessions focusing on the topics of project and community planning. The annual Planning 101 series provides a general overview of the core functions of planning in Los Angeles and serves as an educational resource for anyone interested in learning more about participation in the land use process, especially residents, newly elected neighborhood council board members, and members of other community-based organizations.

In keeping with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Safer at Home Order, this year’s training will be offered virtually to minimize and stop the spread of COVID-19. Attendees will be able to join by telephone or remotely, through GoTo video conferencing software.

Project Planning

The Project Planning training will highlight how projects are reviewed and walk attendees through each step of the development review process―beginning with the submission of a project application at the public counter and ending with the approval of a building permit.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 17, 2020
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Community Planning

The Community Planning training will introduce attendees to a wide scope of topics in long-range planning, from the development of new policies and goals to the local zoning rules that shape our neighborhoods.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 21, 2020
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

7111 Sepulveda Blvd Vacant Lot

7111 Sepulveda Blvd Is Cleaned Up

Councilmember Nury Martinez’ Office reports that City Council approved a motion to declare the property at 7111 Sepulveda a public nuisance. Property owners subsequently reached out and said they were ready to get the area cleaned up.

LAPD and the 7111 Sepulveda Property Management Team were on site on Thursday, July 23, 2020 to remove the approximately five trespassers with a warning the day before. Martinez’ Field Deputy checked in on the property that day and and confirmed that they were starting to pick up the trash and work on the fence. The work continued for the next few days.

As for the vacant building at 7101 Sepulveda, the City Attorney’s Code Enforcement Unit has filed a case against the owner. The property owner is due in court in September.

There was a fire in the vacant building and thankfully no one was on site.


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monorail on 405

Constituents Propose Monorail Through Sepulveda Pass

Retired Sherman Oaks space engineer (Bob Anderson) and local architect (Jeff Kalban) have drafted a mass transit concept from Van Nuys to LAX that they think gives Metro’s own proposals a run for their money. A monorail running above the 405 freeway, straight down the middle, that could be cheaper and easier to build while minimizing impacts on neighborhood streets from the San Fernando Valley to the Westside. LA Metro has rejected the concept, but The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council passed a measure to support the proposal, and a letter to Metro staff from the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assosciation emphasizes a continued preference for the two fully underground heavy rail options known as HRT1 and HRT2 but presents MRT2 — a dual-track monorail above the 405 median — as a more affordable option. See link for presentation about their fascinating concept: Valley to LAX Monorail SOHA SONC Presentation

The Planning and Land Use Committee heard this presentation and would like to make it available to our stakeholders. We will consider supporting it at our next meeting. Meanwhile, we invite you to consider the project and contact the following people with your support.

From the presentation:

I absolutely oppose any elevated tracks above any Valley streets – Unfair!
I support a fully underground subway in the Valley, but only if it’s affordable
The ONLY acceptable alternative is a monorail along the middle of the 405

Email comments to:

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Chair, Metro Board,
Mayor James Butts, First Vice Chair, Metro Board,
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Second Vice Chair, Metro Board,
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Metro Board,
Councilmember Mike Bonin, Metro Board,
Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Metro Board,
Mayor Ara Najarian, Metro Board,
Joshua Schank, Metro Chief Innovation Officer,
Cory Zelmer, Metro Project Manager,
Metro Email Comment Box,

Mail comments to:
Cory Zelmer, Metro Project Manager, Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project Metro, One Gateway Plaza, M/S 99-22-5, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Backyard Home

Get a Backyard Home!

From LA-Más: We are excited to share that the Backyard Homes Project – an affordable accessory dwelling unit (ADU) pilot program has launched. LA-Más and our collective of non-profit partners – Genesis LA, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Restore Neighborhoods LA (RNLA), LA Family Housing, St. Joseph Center, and Housing Rights Center – are pleased to announce the launch of LA’s newest incentive program for LA homeowners!

This incentive program offers homeowners a “one-stop-shop” for financing, designing, permitting, and constructing a new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in the City of Los Angeles. We aspire to have ADUs be remarkably designed, affordably constructed, and creatively financed. The process of being a Section 8 landlord will be easy and supported.

Application Requirements

  • Homeowners are eligible to apply if they meet the following requirements:
  • Agree to house a Section 8 voucher holder in their new ADU for a minimum of 5 years
    Own a property in a single-family residential area located within the City of LA

Find out more on their website

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Van Nuys – North Sherman Oaks Community Plan Kicks of 3 Year Process

The Department of City Planning has initiated a Community Plan Update program for the following three Southeast Valley community plans: North Hollywood-Valley Village, Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass, and Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks. A portion of the Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks Community Plan falls within the boundaries of Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

The Planning and Land Use Committee will work with the Department of City Planning to schedule their brief presentation (10-15 minutes) this Fall, possibly in September to introduce the Community Plan Update team (Andy Rodriguez, City Planner, and myself), provide more detail regarding our overall three-year work program, and briefly respond to inquiries. The Community Plan Update process is an opportunity to assess existing conditions, identify neighborhood and community issues, and to respond with appropriate land use recommendations. The updated Community Plans will reflect community values, direct new growth by promoting a sustainable pattern of development where it makes the most sense, and apply new zoning designations that are consistent with the Community Plans’ goals and policies.

The update process will include a comprehensive outreach strategy to engage and involve the community. This process will begin with outreach to Neighborhood Councils and public kick-off events in each community plan area this Fall. Additional outreach will seek broad input from the community’s many constituencies to craft the guiding principles and policies that will be incorporated into the Plans. At follow-up public meetings, City Planning will share outcomes from the community outreach, staff analysis, and concept plans for review and comment. As they become more familiar with the issues important to Van Nuys, their outreach strategy will evolve to respond. To learn more about the Southeast Valley Community Plans, and to join the mailing list, please visit our website at