Slauson Corridor

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Concepts Webinar Summary

Concepts Webinar (May 20, 2020)

Resources

Purpose

Metro awarded the Los Angeles City Planning Department a three-year grant for land use planning along and around Metro’s Active Transportation Rail to River Corridor Project. The Slauson Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan (Slauson Corridor TNP) will identify land use, zoning, and urban design strategies to examine opportunities related to employment and industry, and to improve access to the future Rail to River Corridor and Metro stations along the Blue Line, Silver Line, and Crenshaw/LAX Line.

The Slauson Corridor TNP includes:

  • Potential amendments to the Community Plan Implementation Overlays
  • Potential updates to the Community Plan Land Use Maps
  • Potential updates to the zoning

Background

The Slauson Corridor TNP study area is a subset of three recently updated Community Plan areas:

The Community Plans examine land use and zoning and set goals, policies, and programs to effectively guide sustainable growth and development, while also taking into account the unique history, sense of identity, and current and future needs of the three Community Plan Areas. The Slauson Corridor TNP takes cues from policies and programs in the adopted Community Plans to study employment opportunities on industrial lands and how jobs can benefit existing communities and community members.

Community Plan Implementation Overlays (CPIO)

Additionally, as part of the update process for the three Community Plan Areas, the Department helped implement the goals of the Community Plans by creating and adopting Community Plan Implementation Overlays (CPIOs):  

The CPIOs implement the goals of the Community Plans by establishing subareas with varying levels of regulations related to building design, permitted land uses, and, in some cases, tailored incentives.

Currently, the CPIOs outline additional land use regulations that affect some parcels in the Slauson Corridor TNP study area. With respect to the TNP effort’s goals of industry and employment, building design, and compatible land uses, the Slauson Corridor TNP will examine and amend existing provisions in the CPIOs, or create new provisions, to take into account the future Active Transportation Rail to River Project and Metro stations.

Summarized Outreach Timeline

Summarized Outreach Timeline

 

Plan Goals

The Slauson Corridor TNP seeks to:

  • Explore land use regulations that can support emerging and sustainable industries that also focus on hiring and training the local workforce.
  • Explore design guidelines that prioritize access from future development onto the Metro Rail to Rail Path.
  • Support a mix of compatible land uses that meet community needs, maximize connections to active transportation networks and Metro public transit, and preserve significant industrial land.

Plan Drafts

The Slauson Corridor TNP has not released an official draft plan with technical zoning details and is currently still in the Concepts phase. Planning concepts that reflect outreach efforts thus far, and present initial concepts to inform potential land use and zoning changes in the future, are now available for review. Check out the resources below to learn more about the concepts and complete the Planning Concepts Survey to share your input.

Slauson Corridor TNP Planning Concepts

 

slauson corridor- story map - English

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Study Area Land Use and Zoning Maps

Informational Maps

Community Plan

A component of the Land Use Element. It focuses on a particular area or community within the City. (e.g. West Adams - Baldwin Hills – Leimert, South Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles)

Density

The number of residential units permitted per square foot of land.

Floor Area Ratio (FAR)

The ratio of the gross floor area of a building to the area of the lot where it is located.

General Plan Framework

An element of the City's General Plan that states the goals and policies on a number of topics related to growth and services. All General Plan Elements adopted by the City need to be consistent with the Framework.

Height District

Establishes the height and FAR limitations.

Infill Development

Development of vacant or underutilized land within urbanized areas.

Land Use Designation

Land Use designates the intensity of the different uses of land, such as residential, industrial, commercial and open space. Each land use designation has a list of corresponding zones.

Ordinance

A law or statute enacted by a city government. Zoning is established by ordinance.

Planning Commission

A committee of five or more citizens who are appointed by the City to review matters related to planning and development.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

A state law requiring state and local agencies to analyze the potential impacts of their actions on the environment, disclose their findings to the public, and to mitigate impacts where feasible.

Community Plan Implementation Overlay (CPIO)

Specialized zoning tools that implement the policy goals and objectives associated with a Community Plan by further regulating different aspects of proposed projects.

Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Type of environmental review prepared when the City determines that a project may potentially have significant environmental impacts.

General Plan

A General Plan is the City's guide for its future growth and development. Every city is mandated by the state of California to adopt a General Plan. The lifespan of a General Plan is typically 20-30 years and must be updated periodically. The General Plan is required to cover seven topics called elements, such as Land Use, Housing and Safety, but can include optional ones as well.

Infrastructure

The public and quasi-public facilities required in order to serve the development and operational needs of a community, such as roads, public transportation, water and sewer systems.

Mixed-Use Development

A project that combines compatible uses within the same structure, such as residential uses above ground-floor commercial space.

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Development that is located near transit. The City’s General Plan encourages locating new housing and businesses near transit as a way to give people the option of using transit and getting around by travel means other than a car (e.g. walking, bicycle, public transportation).

Zoning

Zoning determines the uses permitted on a parcel 3 provides regulations for development, including height, bulk and setbacks.

Current Plan Status

A Concepts Webinar Summary document is now available in PDF and interactive formats. To solicit further input from community stakeholders on the concepts, 24 half-hour virtual office hour sessions were held between September 22-24 and 26, 2020.

Resources

Upcoming Events

Check back soon for future events.

Summer 2020
The Slauson Corridor TNP team followed up to the Concepts Webinar by further encouraging stakeholders to share input on the Planning Concepts Survey. This includes attendance at virtual meetings hosted by the six Neighborhood Councils that intersect the study area.


Spring 2020
The Slauson Corridor TNP team hosted a Concepts Webinar on Wednesday May 20, 2020 with over 230 community stakeholders in attendance. Check out the resources below to view a recording of the webinar and complete the Planning Concepts Survey to share your input. A concepts webinar summary will be made available soon.


Winter 2020
The Slauson Corridor TNP team is continuing to work with its market study consultant to hear from local stakeholder groups about employment in the study area. The team is also making progress toward selecting a consultant for the environmental review process. The team has also compiled the many comments from its outreach efforts thus far (check out the summary in English or Spanish from our April 2019 workshops and early outreach efforts).


Fall 2019
The Slauson Corridor TNP team is continuing to work with its market study consultant to hear from local stakeholder groups about employment in the study area. The team is also making progress toward selecting a consultant for the environmental review process. The team has also compiled the many comments from its outreach efforts thus far (check out the summary in English or Spanish from our April 2019 workshops and early outreach efforts).


Summer 2019
The Slauson Corridor TNP team is working with an economic planning firm on a market study to help examine the viability of emerging industries and employment for the study area. The team will also take preliminary steps to determine what type of environmental review is appropriate, per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


Spring 2019
The Slauson Corridor TNP team hosted two public workshops in the community and continued to attend community events to inform residents and stakeholders about the Slauson Corridor TNP effort and engage them about the issues and opportunities in their community.


Winter 2019
The Slauson Corridor TNP team continued meeting with Neighborhood Councils, neighboring jurisdictions, Metro, and local community groups to inform and gather feedback.

The State’s TCC Program awarded a Planning Grant to the South LA Climate Commons Collaborative, who scored the highest amongst all the other cities that applied for this round of grant funding. Slated to launch in mid-2019, the grant funding will go toward community-led outreach and research that will result in a South Los Angeles Climate Commons Plan to guide recommendations and support future implementation funding opportunities.


Fall 2018
The Slauson Corridor TNP team began preliminary background research and started meeting with Neighborhood Councils to introduce the effort.

The team also joined the South LA Climate Commons Collaborative, a complementary initiative in the same study area, led by community-based organizations in South LA. The effort is part of the State of California’s Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). The community-led project supports outreach efforts related to climate justice, displacement avoidance, and workforce development.


FFTOD Town Hall

Outreach for Related Efforts
The Slauson Corridor TNP team highlighted the TNP during the South LA Climate Commons Virtual Community Event on September 30, 2020. The Slauson Corridor TNP team also presented on the concepts during the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning’s virtual Florence-Firestone Transit-Oriented District (FFTOD) Specific Plan Town Hall on October 7, 2020.

South LA Climate Commons Virtual Community Event
FFTOD Virtual Community Town Hall


Virtual Concepts Office Hours

Concepts Office Hours
To solicit further input from community stakeholders on the concepts, 24 half-hour virtual office hour sessions were held between September 22-24 and 26, 2020.


Virtual Neighborhood Council Meetings

Virtual Neighborhood Council Meetings
As a follow up to the Concepts Webinar, the Slauson Corridor TNP team attended virtual Neighborhood Council meetings to answer questions and solicit input on the proposed concepts.

Virtual meetings hosted by the following Neighborhood Councils were attended:

  • Zapata King Neighborhood Council - Homeless Committee; General Board; Planning & Land Use Committee
  • Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council (ECCANDC) - General Board
  • Park Mesa Heights Community Council - General Board; Planning, Land Use and Beautification Committee
  • Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Council - General Board
  • Community and Neighbors For Ninth District Unity (CANNDU) Neighborhood Council - General Board
  • Voices Of 90037 Neighborhood Council - Planning & Land Use Committee
  • Central Alameda Neighborhood Council - General Board

Planning Concepts Webinar
On May 20, 2020, we hosted an online webinar from 1:00 to 2:00 PM to share what we’ve heard from our outreach efforts thus far, and present initial planning concepts to inform potential land use and zoning changes in the future. Over 230 stakeholders participated and provided nearly 200 comments and questions.

Resources:
Live Concepts Webinar Recording (Presentation & Q+A)
Concepts Webinar Presentation Recording (Presentation Only)
Concepts Webinar Presentation PDF
Planning Concepts StoryMap
Planning Concepts Survey
Concepts Webinar Summary (PDF)
Concepts Webinar Summary (Interactive)


CicLAvia-South LA

CicLAvia—South LA
On February 23, 2020, we hosted an informational booth at the Central Avenue hub during the daylong CicLAvia—South LA event. The Slauson Corridor TNP team engaged with community members of all ages and previewed planning concepts to be featured in future upcoming public outreach events hosted by Los Angeles City Planning.

Slauson Corridor TNP - CicLAvia


South LA Climate Commons - Launch Event
On February 23, 2020, we hosted an informational booth at the South LA Climate Commons launch event and gave a brief update presentation on the Slauson Corridor TNP. The Slauson Corridor TNP heard valuable input from observing the numerous interactive activities, including breakout groups oriented around three themes: Housing and Parks, Land Use & Jobs, and Transportation, Air Quality, & Community Health. Complete the South LA Climate Commons Interest Form to get involved.

South LA Climate Commons - Launch Event


Mix & Mingle

Council District 9 – Mix & Mingle
On September 24, 2019, we attended Council District 9’s Mix & Mingle event for Goodyear Tract businesses. Council District 9 hosted the event to connect local business owners and share its vision for the future of the area.


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LADOT Vision Zero – South LA Open House
On Thursday, June 6, 2019, we joined the Department of Transportation (LADOT) at their South LA Open House to hear about the ways traffic safety is being improved throughout South LA. The Slauson Corridor TNP team was stationed at a booth, where we spoke with community members wanting to learn more about the project and how it connects with LADOT efforts.


Market Study
In May 2019, we launched the market study component of the Slauson Corridor TNP work program. Using community input on what the future of industry and employment should look like in and around the Slauson corridor, an economic planning consultant will assist staff with analyzing what types of potential emerging industries can benefit the community. This exercise is an important piece of developing an understanding of potential land use changes and regulations.

If you have any questions or would like to provide additional input, please contact us at steven.katigbak@lacity.org (cc: andrew.pasillas@lacity.org).


Rebuild Healthy LA Project
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Community Health Advocates School (CHAS) at Augustus F. Hawkins High School invited Planning staff to present to students who were working on a long-term class project focused on ways to improve community issues around their school. Students used the information learned to develop solutions around specific problematic intersections in their community. We rejoined the CHAS on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 to judge the final projects and provide feedback.


Community Bike Ride & Skate Jam
On Saturday, May 11, 2019, we had an informational booth at the American Heart Association’s Community Steps event at Jackie Tatum Harvard Park. We spoke with community members interested in opportunities to better connect active transportation and land use.

Harvard Park - Community Bike Ride & Skate Jam


Earth Day Celebration
On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, the Slauson Corridor TNP team was at the annual Earth Day Celebration at Augustus Hawkins F. Nature Park. We heard great ideas from the community and shared information on how to continue to stay involved in our planning process.

Augustus Hawkins F. Nature Park - Earth Day Celebration


April 2019 Workshops
On Wednesday, April 3 and Saturday, April 6, 2019, we held workshops to gather community feedback on what industries can support local employment opportunities, how to best promote improved mobility and access through building design, and what types of land uses are desired along the Slauson corridor.

Materials from the workshops:
Community Outreach Summary - Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 (English)
Community Outreach Summary - Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 (Spanish)
2019 April Workshops - Flyer (English)
2019 April Workshops - Flyer (Spanish)
2019 April Workshops - Final Boards
April 3 Workshop - Board Input
April 3 Workshop - Aerial Map
April 6 Workshop - Board Input
April 6 Workshop - Aerial Map


Project Introduction Meetings
As part of early community outreach in late 2018/early 2019, the Slauson Corridor TNP team conducted introductory presentations to Neighborhood Councils and community groups in our study area. The team shared information on overall project goals, outreach timeline, and potential outcomes, and solicited feedback from members of the Neighborhood Councils and community.

Meetings were held with the following Neighborhood Councils:

  • South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils
  • Park Mesa Heights Community Council
  • Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council
  • Zapata-King Neighborhood Council
  • Voices of 90037 Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee
  • Central Alameda Neighborhood Council

Outreach material from the meetings is provided below. We look forward to connecting with additional Neighborhood Councils in 2019!

Slauson Corridor TNP - Fact Sheet
Slauson Corridor TNP - Introductory Presentation

Mailing Address

City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Planning Staff Contact Information

Steven Katigbak
City Planner
steven.katigbak@lacity.org
(213) 978-1349

Andrew Pasillas
Planning Assistant
andrew.pasillas@lacity.org
(213) 978-1518

Ways to Get Involved

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