Friday, May 25, 2007

Do Real Planning #14: Give Project Input Early

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has unveiled a 14-point policy agenda (.pdf link) to set the city on a course towards sustainability, using Planning Director Gail Goldberg’s mantra of “DO REAL PLANNING” as an acronym for the platform. This entry concludes my point-by-point evaluation of each of these planning principles through the lens of my own district work and the potential for citywide direction along these lines.

Predictability in the process is essential. By sharing the new “rules of the road” as we develop them together with the Planning Commission and the mayor, I'm trying to do my small part. I've also pushed for our updates to the community plan, such as that underway in Hollywood, to give predictable, transparent, and straightforward planning guidelines that help our planning bureaucracy communicate clearly with developers and stakeholders. The closer that new development proposals adhere to the thirteen previous principles above, the smoother the process will be. And the stronger our interconnected and urban 21st-century city will become.

Read all 14 DO REAL PLANNING posts here.