The City Planning Department is in the process of updating the West Los Angeles Community Plan and has recently made public a package of draft concepts, which includes proposals to allow increased density and building size/height – a process known as “upzoning” – in various parts of our WSSM neighborhood. Among the most affected streets/blocks are:
- The east side of MIDVALE AVENUE between Missouri and Pico
- The west side of GLENDON AVENUE between La Grange and Pico
- WESTWOOD BOULEVARD between Santa Monica Boulevard and a half-block south of Olympic
- The 1900 block of BENTLEY AVENUE
- The east side of LINNINGTON AVENUE north of Olympic
- PICO BOULEVARD between Overland and Patricia
There is also a broader proposal to change the zoning of over 1,000 single-family lots between Camden and Overland. The City Planners have called this concept “Low Residential: Scale” and WSSM understand that this proposal is very similar to the R1-V2 variation zone, which would allow construction of significantly larger houses than is currently allowed under the existing R1 zoning. The affected area is represented by the large yellow area to the west of Overland in the graphic above.
A good starting point for information about these upzoning proposals is a series of presentations boards prepared by the City Planners, which you can view HERE.
For a more in-depth analysis, you should visit the Planning Department’s “virtual open house” HERE. Scroll down a little and click “West Los Angeles” on the navigation bar, which will take you to the draft concepts for our area, including interactive maps. You can submit comments by clicking “Submit Comments” on the navigation bar. Alternatively, you can access the comment form directly HERE.
In addition to submitting your comments via the online portal, we strongly encourage you to submit comments and questions directly via email to Naomi Guth (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is the City Planner responsible for the Community Plan updates in our area. Please be sure to copy CD5 Senior Planning Deputy Daniel Skolnick (email@example.com) and WSSM Land-Use Chair Steve Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING: WNC is hosting a public zoom meeting on September 3 at 6PM. All WSSM residents are encouraged to join the meeting to learn more about the proposed zoning changes for our area, ask questions and make comments. Meeting agenda HERE.