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City to Host Planning & Development Services Open House

Post Date:October 09, 2019 1:41 PM

PDS Open HouseThe City of West Hollywood will host a Planning & Development Services Open House. Community members are encouraged to attend to meet City of West Hollywood planners and building officials and learn more about projects and programs aimed at improving the West Hollywood community.

The Open House will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. It is open to the public and free. Empanadas and beverages will be served at the event. First-come, first-served parking will be available at surface parking lots located at Plummer Park.

A wide range of planning and development topics will be discussed at the Open House including:

  • The Seismic Retrofit Program, which takes a proactive approach to seismic safety and calls for mandatory strengthening of existing wood-frame buildings with soft, weak, or open-front walls, non-ductile concrete and pre-Northridge steel moment frame buildings;
  • The Willoughby Avenue, Kings Road, and Vista Street/Gardner Street Design Project, which aims to enhance the streets into a more comfortable, safe, and inviting experience for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities;
  • The Autonomous Delivery Device Pilot Program, which will partner with Postmates to test autonomous delivery robots in supervised conditions in order to provide deliveries from local establishments;
  • Sustainability Initiatives, which include a recently approved update to the City’s Green Building Program, which is one of the nation’s first mandatory green building Ordinances, an update about the City’s Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, and a details about Clean Power Alliance as the City’s electricity provider, which provides 100% renewable energy as the default option for the community;
  • Historic Preservation topics, which include subjects such as Mills Act contracts, cultural resource designation, and the upcoming Citywide Historic Resources Survey of Multifamily Zoning Districts;
  • Parklets, which are extensions of the sidewalk, repurposing on-street parking spaces for the creation of new publicly accessible gathering spaces that can incorporate elements of seating, greenery, and bike racks, among other features, and contribute to the vibrancy of neighborhoods; and
  • The proposed Metro Crenshaw/LAX Northern Extension, which will provide critical north-south rail connectivity and enhance the existing Metro regional rail network; the project is gaining momentum to accelerate completion to 2028, instead of 2047.

The City of West Hollywood’s Planning & Development Services Department is responsible for managing the City’s urban environment and creating a livable community that balances the needs of residents, businesses, property owners, and visitors. There are three Divisions within the Department that assist in creating and implementing the community vision: 1) Current and Historic Preservation Planning, 2) Long Range Planning, and 3) Building and Safety. The Department also serves as a leader in coordinating and focusing multi-departmental work efforts. For additional information about the City’s Planning & Development Services Department, please call (323) 848-6475.

For more information, please contact Rachel Dimond, Acting Manager of Long Range Planning at the City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6486 or at rdimond@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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