Back in 2016, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning began working on a new long-range land use plan for the areas within a half mile of the new Purple Line Extension corridor and stations at Wilshire and La Brea, Fairfax and La Cienega. While community workshops, scoping meetings and other neighborhood presentations for the Purple Line Transit Neighborhood Plan have been continuing since then, however, many neighbors have complained that the city’s outreach hasn’t actually reached many area neighbors, some of whom are only just now hearing about the Plan and how it might affect their neighborhoods.
At a meeting with neighbors from the Longwood-Highlands area back in October, at which many people expressed strong disappointment with the city’s outreach efforts, Senior City Planner Patricia Diefenderfer said the city could definitely hold more neighborhood meetings…and two of those sessions have now been scheduled:
Saturday, February 23rd
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center
141 S Gardner St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Wednesday, February 27th
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Temple Beth Am
1039 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
According to the city announcement, the purpose of the meeting is to gather additional neighborhood input for the development of the new plan:
The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning is seeking input on ways to encourage vibrant communities and employment hubs around the region’s growing transit network through the Los Angeles Transit Neighborhood Plans (LATNP) program. The Purple Line TNP planning effort looks out to the year 2040 and considers how new land use, urban design and zoning regulations for areas around Purple Line stations can promote active, walkable places and satisfy City and State objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by planning for growth near transit. At these workshops, you will have an opportunity to:
- Help plan the future of your neighborhood
- Share your preferences for building design and scale and the design of public spaces
- Consider ways to improve mobility and connectivity through urban design
- Share your priorities for the types of amenities that should be incorporated in new development
- Give input on design strategies that can help reinforce the character of key multifamily areas
Also, according to the announcement, the both meetings will have an open house format, followed by break-out discussion groups on land use, urban design, mobility and connectivity, and parking.
If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, but would still like to learn more about the TNP, seet latnp.org/purple-line/ for informational materials, to submit feedback and ideas, and/or to sign up for e-mails related to the project.
About Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.
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