Los Angeles - The nation's second-largest city - is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation with its Department of City Planning(DCP) at the forefront of reshaping the city into a dynamic, sustainable 21st century urban center. Los Angeles' planning issues and opportunities are unparalleled, as DCP works to serve a city of 4,000,000 residents, 469 square miles, 35 Community Plan Areas, and 15 City Council Districts, plus unique geography and diversity that offer a little of everything - from hillside areas to coastal zones, and from vibrant urban centers to rustic, semi-rural settings with equestrian trails.
Much as the freeway system defined Los Angeles in the past century, the creation of an extensive regional transit network is redefining Los Angeles for the 21st century. With the passage of Measure R, a half-cent sales tax, the region is making an unprecedented investment in its rail transit system. DCP's talented and creative staff members are capitalizing on this new investment to lay the groundwork for more livable, transit-oriented, vibrant communities throughout the city. Mixed use development that combines multi-family housing with ground floor commercial is becoming the new norm. Catalytic projects near transit stations are providing economic revitalization, new housing opportunities and more sustainable development. And the City is shifting toward policies that emphasize livability, walkability, and "Complete Streets."