1459 South Hi Point/ ENV-2023-4997-CE/ DIR-2023-4996-TOC-HCA


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Los Angeles
Document Title
1459 South Hi Point/ ENV-2023-4997-CE/ DIR-2023-4996-TOC-HCA
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Project Site is located on a vacant 8,838 sq. ft. parcel on the northwest corner of Hi Point Street and Saturn Street within the Wilshire Community Plan in the City of Los Angeles. The Project would construct a new 5-story residential-use building with 19 multi-family residential dwelling units, and 17 vehicular parking spaces in a subterranean level, as required by the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) and applicable TOC Guidelines. The Project includes 11 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units. Per TOC Guidelines Section IV.1.a, the Project provides the qualifying Tier 3 on-site restricted affordable units. This requires 10% Extremely Low Income (ELI) units, or 2 units. Discretionary entitlements, reviews, permits and approvals required to implement the Project will include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: 1) Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Approval, pursuant to LAMC Section 12.22-A,31 to permit the new construction of a new residential development using the following Tier 3 incentives: Base Incentives: a) Pursuant to TOC Guidelines Section VI.1.a.i, a 70% percent increase in the base density of 12 dwelling units, to permit the construction of 19 units with 10% of total units (or 2 units) set aside for ELI Households; b) Pursuant to TOC Guidelines Section VI.6.b.iii, to allow a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) increase of 50% in lieu of the otherwise required FAR of 3:1. Additional Incentives: a) Pursuant to TOC Guidelines Section VII.1.b.i, to allow up to a 25% decrease in required open space for the provision of 2,170 sq. ft. of open space in lieu of the otherwise required 2,775 sq. ft. b) Pursuant to TOC Guidelines Section VII.g.i, to allow two additional stories up to 22 feet of additional height, for an overall height of 57 feet in lieu of 35 feet per the site’s Q Condition. The Project complies with the height increase over 11 feet to be stepped-back at 15 feet along the front street frontage. c) Pursuant to TOC Guidelines Section VII.1.a.ii, allow up to a 30% decrease in the required width or depth of two individual yards or setbacks (7-ft northerly side yard setback in lieu of 8-ft and 5’-8” side yard setback in lieu of 8 ft); 2) Class 32 Categorical Exemption, pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15332; 4) Any other discretionary or ministerial permits from the City or other agencies as required by law to develop the Project. As required by various sections of the LAMC, the Applicant will obtain the necessary administrative approvals and permits from the Building and Safety Department and other municipal agencies for Project construction actions, including but not limited to the following: demolition (if applicable), excavation, shoring, grading, foundation, building, street tree removal (if applicable) and tenant improvements (if applicable).

Contact Information

Heather Bleemers
Agency Name
City of Los Angeles City Planning Department
Job Title
Senior City Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California
Cross Streets
Hi Point Street and Saturn Street

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15332, Class 32
Reasons for Exemption
Based on the whole of the administrative record, the project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Section 15332, Class 32, and there is no substantial evidence demonstrating that an exception to a categorical exemption pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Section 15300.2 applies. The Air Quality, Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment (Assessment) quantified and determined the significance of impacts associated with criteria pollutant emissions, toxic air contaminant emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, noise, and vibration from the construction and operation of the proposed Project at 1459 S. Hi Point Street. Based on the Assessment prepared by Z Consulting Company on November 29, 2023, all Project impacts considered in the Assessment (including construction phase, operation phase, and cumulative impacts) are less than significant without mitigation. A Tree Report was prepared by Alison Lancaster Consulting Arborists, LLC, dated May 16, 2023. There are zero (0) protected trees on the site and three (3) City of Los Angeles Street Tree, located on the south parkway perimeter of the site, which will not be impacted by construction.
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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