The Project includes text and map amendments to the General Plan Element including the adoption of a Plan Boundary Change Map to consolidate the Central City Community Plan and Central City North Community Plan into the new Downtown Community Plan Area (Downtown Community Plan), adopt the Downtown Community Plan policy, adopt text and map amendments to Mobility Plan 2035, amend the General Plan Framework Element, adoption of the New Zoning Code, the Downtown Community Plan Implementation Overlay (CPIO) District Ordinance, the Downtown Community Benefits Trust Fund Ordinance, the Downtown Benefits Fee Ordinance, the Downtown Affordable Housing Trust Fund Ordinance, the Pipeline Parking Alignment Ordinance, the Community Plan Consolidation Ordinance, amend the River Implementation Overlay (RIO) District Ordinance, amend the Greater Downtown Housing Incentive Ordinance, rescind the Bunker Hills Specific Plan and the Downtown Design Guide, and the adoption of necessary revisions and any other amendments necessary to implement the above, including amendments to other ordinances to implement those updates.
Downtown Community Plan Area (Plan Area). The Project Area for the Downtown Plan component is the Central City Community Plan Area and the Central City North Community Plan Area (jointly referred to in this report as the “Plan Areas,” “Downtown Plan Area,” or “Plan Area”). The Central City and Central City North Community Plan
Areas are geographically contiguous, sharing a common boundary along Alameda Street. The Central City Community Plan Area encompasses approximately 2,161 acres and is generally bounded on the north by Sunset Boulevard/Cesar Chavez Avenue, on the south by the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10), on the west by the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110), and on the east by Alameda Street. Immediately to the east of Alameda Street is the Central City North Community Plan Area, which encompasses approximately 2,005 acres and is generally bounded on the north by Stadium Way, Lilac Terrace, and North Broadway, on the south by the City of Vernon, on the west by Alameda Street, and on the east by the Los Angeles River. The Downtown Plan Area is bordered by the communities of Boyle Heights, Silver Lake-Echo Park, Westlake, Southeast and South Los Angeles, and the City of Vernon.
New Zoning Code Project Area. The Project includes implementation of the New Zoning Code regulations as amendments to Chapter 1A of the LAMC. The New Zoning Code project area is therefore, Citywide. However, the New Zoning Code will only be made applicable within the Downtown Plan Area with the adoption of the Downtown Plan. While the New Zoning Code regulations include components necessary to make the new zoning system work, which could ultimately be used Citywide, such as definitions and development standards, the New Zoning Code provisions adopted with the Proposed Project will not be applied to areas outside of the Downtown Plan Area at this time, and may only be applied or implemented elsewhere in the City of Los Angeles through the Community Plan update process or other future planning and zoning efforts.