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LA City Council Approves Hollywood Community Plan Update

June 20, 2012

Hollywood and Vine Metro Station Next to the W HotelMany planners have worked on this community plan update over the years, including myself.  Congratulations to the LA City Planning Department staff that completed this community plan update.  Like many said when the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup, I am glad that I lived long enough to see it happen.

From the Los Angeles Times – A plan that could dramatically remake the Hollywood skyline and form the blueprint for denser development around the city’s growing rail network has won unanimous approval from the Los Angeles City Council.

Revised zoning guidelines for Sunset Boulevard and surrounding streets will make it easier for developers to build bigger and taller buildings, especially around subway stations and along bus routes. Supporters say the plan is a visionary change that will allow Hollywood to complete a 20-year-transformation from a seedy haven for drug dealing and prostitution into a more vibrant, cosmopolitan center of residential towers, jobs, entertainment and public transportation.

But critics, especially those in the Hollywood Hills, say the new growth will spoil their million-dollar views and further snarl notoriously bad traffic. After the Council voted 13 to 0 Tuesday to approve the proposal, opponents said they would sue the city for failing to conduct an adequate environmental review.

The plan’s most significant change is an increase in the ratios of what can be built relative to lot size in the heart of Hollywood, especially near Metro Red Line subway stops. Ratios on some parts of Sunset and Hollywood boulevards would be…to read the rest of this story, please click here.

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