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  • WESTCHESTER- PLAYA DEL REY

    Community Plan

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    ACTIVITY LOG

    COMMUNITY PLAN

    I. Introduction

    II. Function of the Community Plan III. Land Use Policies and Programs IV. Coordination Opportunities for Public Agencies V. Urban Design

    www.lacityplanning.org (General Plans)

    A Part of the General Plan - City of Los Angeles

  • WESTCHESTER - PLAYA DEL REY

    ACTIVITY LOG

    ADOPTION DATE

    PLAN

    CPC FILE NO.

    COUNCIL FILE NO.

    April 13, 2004

    Westchester-Playa del Rey Community Plan

    CPC-1998-0010CPU

    04-0297

    Sept. 27, 1994

    Coastal Bluffs Specific Plan, Ord. No. 170,046

    CPC-90-0598

    92-0042 S4

    Aug. 4, 1993

    Coastal Transportation Corridor Specific Plan, Ord. No 168,999

    CPC-84-0226

    88-1984 S1

    May 13, 1992

    Los Angeles Airport/ El Segundo Dunes Specific Plan, Ord. No. 167,940

    CPC-30014

    80-4283 82-1897 91-1870

    Jan. 12, 1981

    Los Angeles International Airport Interim Plan

    80-4283

    ADOPTION DATE

    AMENDMENTS

    CPC FILE NO.

    COUNCIL FILE NO.

    March 14, 1990

    Playa Vista Area B Specific Plan Amendment, Ord No. 165,683

    CPC-88-0206

    89-1794

    Dec. 8, 1995

    Playa Vista Area D Specific Plan Amendment, Ord No. 170,785

    CPC-95-0276

    93-1621 S1 Sept. 7, 2016 Mobility Plan 2035 Update CPC-2013-910-GPA-

    SPCA-MSC 15-0719

  • WESTCHESTER-PLAYA DEL REY

    Community Plan

    Chapter I

    INTRODUCTION

    COMMUNITY BACKGROUND

    PLAN AREA The Westchester - Playa del Rey Community Plan Area (CPA) is situated in

    the western portion of the Los Angeles Basin, adjacent to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is located south of the communities of Palms- Mar Vista-del Rey and Venice; adjacent to the cities of Culver City, Inglewood, El Segundo; and the Los Angeles County unincorporated areas of Del Aire, Ladera Heights, Lennox, and Marina del Rey.

    The Westchester - Playa del Rey CPA is generally bounded by Centinela Avenue, La Brea Avenue, the City of Los Angeles boundaries with unincorporated County of Los Angeles, the City of Inglewood, the City of El Segundo, Dockweiler State Beach, Ballona Creek, Bay Street and Jefferson Boulevard.

    The Westchester-Playa del Rey CPA contains approximately 5,766 net acres. Most of the topography is level except for an amount of varied, hillside terrain located in the northwest and west portions of the Plan area where there are significant coastal bluffs. The land use consists primarily of low to low-medium density residential uses, with commercial uses concentrated near the transit corridors of Lincoln Boulevard, Sepulveda Boulevard and Century Boulevard. Westchester-Playa del Rey experienced most of its development after World War II to meet the expanding population of the Los Angeles area.

    Residential land uses account for approximately 2,357 net acres with approximately 22,794 dwelling units, of which 49% are multi-family units. Most of the housing stock is more than 40 years of age. Concentrations of multi- family residential uses can be found near La Tijera Boulevard and Manchester Avenue.

    The two communities that comprise the Community Planning Area have the following features that distinguish them:

    Playa del Rey

    This community is located in the far western and northwestern portion of the Plan area. Most of the land uses are residential with densities ranging from low to high medium. Commercial uses are located along Culver Boulevard, Pershing Drive and Manchester Avenue. The commercial areas are neighborhood serving in nature, characterized by smaller, individually owned lots on a block face. This “Village” form of development provides opportunities for smaller, locally operated businesses not found in larger malls.

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  • The Ballona Wetlands between the Ballona Creek and the Coastal Bluffs are valuable public resources that will be restored to their natural state. When the restoration is complete, the area will provide a significant habitat for native plants and animals. The Bluffs in this area are significant natural features that provide dramatic views of the Los Angeles Basin while being visual features of Playa del Rey.

    The Hyperion Water Treatment plant is a Public Facility that is located in the south west corner of the Playa del Rey community. This facility provides water treatment for the City of Los Angeles while meeting environmental water quality standards for its discharge.

    There are three Specific Plans in the Playa del Rey neighborhood including Coastal Bluffs, Playa Vista Area B, and Playa Vista Area D. The Coastal Bluffs Specific Plan was established October 5, 1994 to guide residential and commercial development in the Playa del Rey Bluffs. The purposes of the regulations are to protect, maintain and enhance the overall quality of the coastal environment by regulating development on the bluffs. Regulations include provisions on height, yards, lot coverage, and other parts of construction projects.

    The large-scale Playa Vista Regional Center is covered by the Playa Vista Area B and Area D Specific Plans. These Plans were enacted to: Implement the goals and policies of the Coastal Act; establish a Local Coastal Program for these areas; protect, maintain and restore the overall quality of the Coastal Zone; and guide development with provisions addressing land use, height, density and other factors. These regulations for Playa Vista will provide for aesthetic benefits, public access and scenic preservation, while ensuring compatibility with the existing community.

    The Playa Vista development is located on a former industrial and agricultural site located in the northern portion of Playa del Rey. The development is comprised primarily of multi-family residential uses, commercial uses that combine retail, entertainment, and office uses. Industrial uses for this neighborhood focus on studio related production for the entertainment industry. A significant component of the development is the dedication of lands for parks, public facilities and open space. A portion of the open space will be reserved for a restoration of the Ballona Wetlands ecosystem.

    Westchester

    Westchester is significantly larger than Playa del Rey, and occupies the central, eastern, and southern portions of the Plan area. Residential neighborhoods in the area range from Low to High-Medium density. The single family dwellings exhibit pride in ownership although the median age of the structures is more than 40 years. There is community concern about newer residential development that uses the maximum density allowed within a zone while ignoring the existing character of the surrounding neighborhood.

    Commercial uses are primarily located along Century Boulevard, Lincoln Boulevard, Manchester Avenue, and Sepulveda Boulevard. The established downtown center is generally bounded by Manchester Avenue on the north; La Tijera Boulevard and Sepulveda Eastway on the east/ south east; and Sepulveda Westway on the west / southwest. There has been some recent redevelopment of the area, but the community does not feel that the full

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  • potential has been realized. Downtown- Westchester, the Community Center, still has many opportunities for physical improvement and economic development. The area has the potential to be a more vibrant and attractive downtown area if it had better architectural design and a more coordinated and cohesive pattern of development.

    There are two Regional Commercial Centers in Westchester. The Century Boulevard-98th Street Regional Commercial area is closely tied to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This center is conveniently located adjacent to the Airport and has easy access to the I-405 freeway. Uses include high-rise hotels, office buildings, parking lots and structures, car rental agencies and other uses that support these industries. The second Regional Commercial Center is the Howard Hughes Center at Sepulveda Boulevard and Howard Hughes Parkway. This Center is developed as a major retail and entertainment district featuring numerous stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and a substantial amount of office space.

    Industrial land uses are primarily located in the east and southeast section of the community close to the Los Angeles International Airport. Many of the businesses here are closely tied to the aviation industry and include logistics, aircraft repair or part fabrication, food service, and parking lots for car rental agencies and long term airport parking use. While the community has concerns about the physical appearance of industrial areas, most of the businesses are economically healthy, and the area’s industrial land uses provide employment, services and other important benefits to the community, the airport, and the region.

    COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

    The State of California requires citizen participation in the preparation or amendments of community plans. General Plan Government Code Section 65351 reads, "During the preparation or amendment of th

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