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SPECIAL PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Thursday, January 21, 2021

ROOM 1010, CITY HALL - 10:00 AM

200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
MEMBERS:   COUNCILMEMBER MARQUEECE HARRIS-DAWSON, CHAIR
  COUNCILMEMBER GILBERT A. CEDILLO
  COUNCILMEMBER BOB BLUMENFIELD
  COUNCILMEMBER MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS
  COUNCILMEMBER JOHN S. LEE

 

Armando Bencomo - Legislative Assistant (213) 978-1080

(Questions may be submitted to clerk.plumcommittee@lacity.org)

 

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MULTIPLE AGENDA ITEM COMMENT
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
ITEM NO.(1)
07-1175

Director of Planning oral status report relative to ongoing development of City planning policies, work programs, operations, and other items of interest. 

 

 

ITEM NO.(2)REQUEST TO CONTINUE TO 2/04/21
20-0894
CD 10

CONTINUED FROM 11/19/20

TIME LIMIT AND LAST DAY FOR COUNCIL ACTION: 2/26/20

Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), Errata, Mitigation Measures, Mitigation Monitoring Program (MMP) and related California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings, report from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (LACPC), and Appeals filed by 1) Supporter's Alliance for Environmental Responsibility (Representative: Richard Drury, Lozeau Drury, LLP) and 2) Katelyn Scanlan (Representative: Jennifer Wong) from the decision by the LACPC to adopt the MND and MMP prepared for the MND and sustain the Advisory Agency's determination approving Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. VTT-74602 for the merger and re-subdivision of six subdivided lots and a non-subdivided remainder, into one ground lot and five airspace lots; proposed Lot 1 consists of a master ground lot with approximately 316,438 square feet of lot area, proposed Airspace Lot 2 consists of 640 apartment units, proposed Airspace Lot 3 is a commercial lot with an allocation of two commercial condominiums with 2,360 square feet of commercial space, proposed Airspace Lot 4 consists of parking, proposed Airspace Lot 5 consists of an existing five-story parking structure, and proposed Airspace Lot 6 consists of a commercial lot with an allocation of two commercial condominiums with 3,700 square feet of commercial space for the properties located at 3432 - 3470 West Wilshire Boulevard; 659 - 699 South Mariposa Avenue; 3265 - 3287 West 7th Street and 666 - 678 South Irolo Street, subject to Conditions of Approval.

 

Applicant: Central Plaza, LLC

 

Representative: Edgar Khalatian, Mayer Brown LLP

 

Case No. VTT-74602-2A

 

Environmental No. ENV-2016-3693-MND

 

Related Case No. CPC-2016-3692-VZC-MCUP-SPR

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: Yes

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(3)
20-1586

Motion (Price - Harris-Dawson) relative to requesting the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Department of Cannabis Regulation, to prepare and present an ordinance that addresses the City's ongoing fiscal crisis and the Office of Finance's operational changes, by allowing commercial cannabis licensees to provide late payments of renewal fees, in accordance with the provisions listed in this Motion.

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(4)
20-1637

Report from the DCP relative to authorizing the DCP to execute an agreement/memorandum of understanding, for an amount not to exceed $7,028,000; and, to subsequently receive grant funds from the Southern California Association of Governments for services related to Regional Early Action Program Subregional Partnership Program.

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: Yes.

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(5)
20-1341
CD 1

CONTINUED FROM 12/3/20

Categorical Exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Article 19, Section 15308, Class 8, and Article 19, Section 15331, Class 31 of the State CEQA Guidelines and report from the Cultural Heritage Commission relative to the inclusion of the Morris Kight Residence, located at 1822 West 4th Street, in the list of Historic-Cultural Monuments.

 

Applicant: Liza Brereton c/o AIDS Healthcare Foundation

 

Owners: Westlake Apartment Development LLC; and Rafi Ventura, Sweetzer Lofts, LLC

 

Case No. CHC-2020-3322-HCM

 

Environmental No. ENV-2020-3323-CE

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: No.

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(6)
19-0400, 20-0047

CONTINUED FROM 12/8/20

Joint report from the Department of City Planning (DCP), Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department relative to the implementation of SB 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019.

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: No

 

Community Impact Statement: Yes

 

For: Mar Vista Community Council

 

 

ITEM NO.(7)
20-1547
CD 5

TIME LIMIT AND LAST DAY FOR COUNCIL ACTION:  2/05/21

Categorical Exemption (CE) from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Article 19, Section 15332 (Class 32), and related CEQA findings, report from the Central Los Angeles Area Planning Commission (CLAAPC), and appeal filed by Keith Nakata from the determination of the CLAAPC in 1) approving a CE from the CEQA; and 2) sustaining the determination of the Deputy Advisory Agency and approving, pursuant to Sections 17.06 and 17.15 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, a Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. VTT-82420-CN, for the merger of five lots into one lot for a maximum of 37 residential condominium units, with a unit density based on the R3 Zone, for the property located at 411-439 South Hamel Road, subject to Conditions of Approval.

 

Applicant:  CWV-Hamel, LLC

 

Representative:  Eric Liberman, QES Incorporation

 

Case No. VTT-82420-CN-2A

 

Environmental No. ENV-2019-4137-CE

 

Fiscal Impact Statement:  Yes.

 

Community Impact Statement:  None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(8)
20-1358
CD 4

CONTINUED FROM 12/8/20

Categorical Exemption, pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, Section 15332, Class 32, and related CEQA findings, report from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (LACPC), and Appeals filed by Arthur Paul Hartel III and Tracy Martin (Representative: Tess Taylor) from the determination of the LACPC that the project is exempt from the CEQA, and in approving a 35 percent Density Bonus, pursuant to Section 12.22 A.25 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, for a Housing Development with a total of 57 units, with six units, or 11 percent of the base density, set aside for Very Low Income Households, in lieu of the base density of 52 units, and an On-Menu Incentive to permit a 20 percent reduction in the required open space, involving the demolition of existing residential structures and the construction, use, and maintenance of a new four-story, 47,313 square foot residential building, with a maximum height of 41 feet, and providing a total of 69 automobile parking spaces and 63 bicycle spaces within two levels of subterranean parking; for the properties located at 10555 West Bloomfield Street, 10551-10555 West Bloomfield Street, and 4366-4378 North Cahuenga Boulevard, subject to Modified Conditions of Approval.

 

Applicant: Steve Bram, GSB Toluca, LLC

 

Representative: Eric Lieberman, QES, Inc.

 

Case No. CPC-2019-5742-DB-1A

 

Environmental No. ENV-2019-5743-CE

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: Yes.

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(9)RELATED TO ITEM 10
20-1080
CD 14

CONTINUED FROM 12/3/20

TIME LIMIT AND LAST DAY FOR COUNCIL ACTION: 2/12/21

Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Draft EIR, Errata, Statement of Overriding Considerations, Mitigation Measures, Mitigation Monitoring Program, and related California Environmental Quality Act findings, report from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (LACPC) and Appeal filed by Supporter’s Alliance for Environmental Responsibility (Representative: Paige Fennie, Lozeau Drury LLP) from the determination of the LACPC in finding that the Advisory Agency reviewed and considered the information contained in the Time Mirror Square Project EIR prepared for this project, certifying the EIR; adopting the EIR, the Statement of Overriding Considerations and the MMP prepared for the Time Mirror Square Project EIR; and denying the first-level appeal and sustaining the Deputy Advisory Agency's determination dated April 1, 2020 to approve with Conditions, Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 74761 for the merger of a portion of public right of way along Broadway and re-subdivision of the project site into nine lots for condominium purposes for a mixed-use project containing up to 1,127 residential units and up to 34,572 square feet of new commercial floor area, and a haul route for the export of up to 364,000 cubic yards of soils for the properties located at 121-147 South Spring Street; 100-142 South Broadway; 202-234 West 1st Street, and 205-221 West 2nd Street, subject to Conditions of Approval.

 

Applicant: Rossano De Cotiis, Onni Time Square LP

 

Representative: Dale Goldsmith, Armbruster, Goldsmith and Delvac LLP

 

Case No. VTT-74761-2A

 

Related Case No. CPC-2016-4675-TDR-VCU-MCUP-1A

 

Environmental Nos. ENV-2016-4676-EIR; SCH NO. 2017061083

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: Yes

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(10)RELATED TO ITEM 9
20-1093
CD 14

CONTINUED FROM 12/3/20

Report from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (LACPC) relative to a Transfer of Floor Area Rights (TFAR) and Appeal filed by the Supporter’s Alliance for Environmental Responsibility (Representative: Paige Fennie, Lozeau Drury LLP) from the determination of the LACPC in finding that the project was assessed in the previously certified EIR and pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Sections 15162 and 15164, no subsequent EIR or addendum is required for approval of the project; and approving the following: 1) a Vesting Conditional Use to permit floor area averaging within a unified development; and 2) a Master Conditional Use to permit the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption at up to three establishments, and on-site consumption at up to 16 establishments; for the construction of a new mixed-use development and rehabilitation of the Times, Plant, and Mirror Buildings on the approximately 3.6-acre city block bounded by West 1st Street, South Spring Street, West 2nd Street, and South Broadway Street; the existing Executive Building at the corner of West 1st Street and South Broadway and parking garage at the corner of West 2nd Street and South Broadway would be demolished to allow for the Project’s new mixed-use component consisting of the 37-story North Tower and 53-story South Tower and containing a maximum of 1,127 residential units and up to 34,572 square feet of commercial floor area, and constructed above a five-story parking podium; the space below the podium would contain an additional nine levels of subterranean parking; the combined commercial and residential floor area would total up to 1,135,803 square feet; in total, including new construction and existing buildings to remain, the Project proposes up to 1,511,908 square feet of floor area, resulting in a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 9.42:1 for the properties located at 121-147 South Spring Street; 100-142 South Broadway; 202-234 West 1st Street and 205-221 West 2nd Street, subject to Modified Conditions of Approval. (The project was assessed in the previously certified EIR No. 2016-4676-EIR (SCH No. 2017061083), certified on August 11, 2020 and pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Sections 15162 and 15164, no subsequent EIR or addendum is required for approval of the Project)

 

Applicant: Rossano De Cotiis, Onni Times Square LP

 

Representative: Dale Goldsmith, Armbruster, Goldsmith and Delvac LLP

 

Case No. CPC-2016-4675-TDR-VCU-MCUP-1A

 

Environmental Nos. ENV-2016-4676-EIR; SCH: 2017061083

 

Related Case No. VTT-74761-2A

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: Yes

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

ITEM NO.(11)
20-0969
CD 10

CONTINUED FROM 10/29/20

Categorical Exemption (CE) pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, Article 19, Section 1332, Class 32 and related CEQA findings, report from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (LACPC), and Appeal filed by Jean Frost, on behalf of the West Adams Heritage Association from the determination of the LACPC in approving CE No. ENV- 2018-5926-CE-1A as the environmental clearance for the demolition of an existing two-story, single family dwelling on the site and development of a five- story residential building with 21 dwelling units with two units for Extremely Low Income Households for a period of 55 years, and 35 vehicle parking spaces with requested incentives for the property located at 1537 South Wilton Place, subject to Conditions of Approval.

 

Applicant: Gabriel Fedida, Wilton Place 2018, LLC

 

Representative: KSK Design, Inc.

 

Case No. DIR-2018-5925-TOC-1A

 

Environmental No. ENV-2018-5926-CE-1A

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: No

 

Community Impact Statement: Yes.

 

For: United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council

 

 

ITEM NO.(12)
18-1242
CD 1

CONTINUED FROM 10/29/20

Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) (recirculated on September 12, 2019), Mitigation Measures, Mitigation Monitoring Program (MMP), Errata dated December 2019, and related California Environmental Quality Act findings; reports from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (LACPC); Resolution for a modified General Plan Amendment area (to remove the requested Add Area) to the Westlake Community Plan to designate the land use of the subject properties from Highway Oriented Commercial to Community Commercial; Draft Ordinance, dated September 13, 2018, effectuating a Vesting Zone Change and Height District Change from R4-1 and C2-1 to (T)(Q)C2-2D to allow a maximum Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 2.99:1 (approximately 60,637 square feet); and Appeals filed by the following: 1) Elle Farmer, UNITE HERE Local 11, from the determination of the LACPC in approving the following: a) the MND and MMP; b) a Vesting Conditional Use to allow the construction, use and maintenance of a hotel in the C2 Zone within 500 feet of an A or R Zone; c) a Site Plan Review for a project containing a maximum 100 guest rooms; and d) Conditions of Approval Nos. 1, 8, 34-39, 42, 44 and 45; and 2) Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility (Representative: Brian B. Flynn) from the determination of the LACPC in adopting the MND, MMP and Errata for the demolition of an existing commercial retail building and related surface parking for the construction, use, and maintenance of a new six story hotel above two levels of subterranean parking containing 100 guest rooms with kitchens, and approximately 10,948 square feet of office, restaurant, meeting room and support space, on a 22,500 square-foot property, including approximately 100 automobile parking spaces, as well as six long-term and six short-term bicycle parking spaces with the FAR of the proposed building would be 2.99:1 and the maximum height being approximately 82 feet, for the property located at 2005 West James M. Wood Boulevard, subject to modified Conditions of Approval; and Director of Planning report dated October 31, 2019 with Conditions and Revised Findings.

 

Applicant: Tauan Chen, Infinitely Group

 

Representative: Eric Liebermann, QES Incorporated

 

Case No. CPC-2017-712-GPA-VZC-HD-VCU-SPR-1A

 

Environmental No. ENV-2017-713-MND

 

Fiscal Impact Statement: Yes

 

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

 

 

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Telecommunication Relay Services

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Telecommunications Relay Service is a telephone service that allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls. TRS is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories for local and/or long distance calls. TRS providers - generally telephone companies - are compensated for the costs of providing TRS from either a state or a federal fund. There is no cost to the TRS user.

What forms of TRS are available?There are several forms of TRS, depending on the particular needs of the user and the equipment available: TRS includes: Text to Voice TIY-Based TRS; Speech-to-Speech Relay Service; Shared Non-English Language Relay Service; Captioned Telephone Relay Service; Internet Protocol Relay Service; and Video Relay Service. Please visit this site for detail descriptions, https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/telecommunications-relay-service-trs.

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