Hollywood Community Plan – The Sequel
June 20, 2016
A walk through the newsletter archives reveals a front page article in the July 2012 issue of HEDLine News. The title proclaims, “Hollywood Community Plan Passes” and describes the long eight-year journey to the unanimous approval by the Los Angeles City Council on June 19, 2012. The plan outlined policies to protect historic and residential neighborhoods while allowing density along transit corridors. It also aimed to increase green space and reduce traffic through encouraging public transportation options. It was a much needed improvement to the existing plan, last updated in 1988 – a time that pre-dates the invention of the World Wide Web.
So why was the Hollywood community invited to a “Community Plan Scoping Session” at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood on May 17, 2016? To round out this recent history lesson, a lawsuit was filed shortly after the passage of the plan, and in December 2013, a superior court judge ruled that city leaders failed to comply with environmental laws and relied on inaccurate population data. The city was required by the judge to start afresh.
The May 17 “public scoping meeting” provided an opportunity for all members of the community to come together in an “open house” format with staff from the city’s planning department to look at the various elements that will be studied and updated for the new plan. Maps and data were presented showing traffic and mobility patterns, proposed land use and zoning designations, population projections and the like. Because the plan is intended to serve as a blueprint for guiding change and accommodating growth in this community, the population projections are especially important. The following represents data under consideration for forecasting growth:
It will be important for BID stakeholders to participate fully in this planning process and to provide input at the various hearings along the way. The future of Hollywood is at stake, and by the end of 2017, it would be in everyone’s best interest to have a legally defensible blueprint for the future adopted by the City Council. Information about meetings and public hearings will be listed at onlyinhollywood.org/meetings.