Building & Other Permit Approval
The Central Business District Redevelopment Plan requires CRA/LA's review and approval of any permit application before the Department of Building and Safety can issue a building permit. The redevelopment plan for Central Business District contains development standards regarding density, design and increased sensibility to historic structures. Developers and contractors are strongly advised to contact Karen Yamamoto, City Planner at (213) 977-1753, Dennis Hance, Principal Planner at (213) 977-1798, or Ed Huang, Senior Planner (Broadway, Spring Street Historic Core, City Markets Areas) at (213) 977-1785.
Each parcel in the Project Area shall be subject to and may be developed with the following maximum Floor Area Ratios:
In the Historic Downtown Development Area, the Floor
Area shall be nor more than six (6) times the Parcel Area.
In the City Markets Development Area, the Floor Area shall be no more than three (3) times the Parcel Area.
In the South Park Development Area, the Floor Area shall be no more than six (6) times the Parcel Area for parcels north of Pico Boulevard, nor more than three (3) times the Parcel Area for parcels south of Pico Boulevard.
Floor area ratios may exceed the maximum Floor Area Ratios set forth above through transfer of Floor Area Ratios pursuant to the procedures set forth below. Transfers of Floor Area Ratio must be consistent with the following criteria:
The resulting higher density development must be appropriate in terms of location and access to the circulation system; compatible with other existing and proposed development; and consistent with the purposes and objectives of The Redevelopment Plan.
Unless otherwise permitted by the applicable Community Plan as it now reads or as it may be amended from time to time in the future, Floor Area Ratios may only be transferred from parcels or portions thereof and to parcels or portions thereof which are within, respectively, the Historic Downtown, City Markets, or South Park Development areas.
The Floor Area Ratio on any parcel shall not exceed the maximum Floor Area Ratio set forth in the applicable City zoning ordinance in effect at the time the transfer is made.
Transfers of Floor Area Ratio to parcels with reasonable proximity or direct access to a public or private rapid transit station shall be particularly encouraged.
Transfers of Floor Area Ratio from parcels on which buildings of historic, architectural or cultural merit are located shall be particularly encouraged where the transfer can reasonably be expected to further the goal of preservation of such buildings.
Design For Development
Designs for Development, Design Guidelines, Downtown Strategic Plan – Several CRA/LA plans or policies are in effect to ensure that future development projects are in keeping with the goals and objectives set forth in the City Center Redevelopment Plan. In November 2001, CRA/LA adopted a Design for Development (DFD) prohibiting the construction of billboard and pole sign structures, roof signs, mural signs and super graphic signs, and also providing standards for other sign structures within the Project Area.
In 1995, Design Strategies and Design Guidelines for the South Park area were approved to help guide future new development, infill development, adaptive reuse projects and street improvements with the South Park area of downtown Los Angeles. The guidelines cover such areas as the streetscape environment, including sidewalks, street trees and landscaping, and pedestrian circulation; built form, including building massing, setbacks and façade articulation; public art, Gateways, and special features; and signage and view corridors. The guidelines are meant to acquaint the development community with ways in which a sustained quality of improvement will be incorporated into the built form of a vital South Park.
In 1994, the Downtown Strategic Plan (DSP) was approved as a vision and plan of action to help guide the City’s decisions in determining the future of Downtown Los Angeles over the next 25 years. The DSP set forth a program of coordinated initiatives as well as catalytic physical projects that would be capable of attracting new investments for jobs, housing, tourism and entertainment, industry and commerce for Downtown Los Angeles. The DSP also acts as an ongoing Plan and framework for connecting and enhancing the various and exciting districts of downtown through several built form, open space and transportation strategies, plans and improvements. The CRA/LA is currently working with the Mayor’s Economic Development Committee to review the progress made on implementing the DSP policies during the last decade, and to recommend any updates or revisions that should occur for the last 15 years of the Plan.