The Los Angeles City Planning Commission Collection (LACPC) documents an important transitional period in the history of urban planning in Los Angeles. The Centers Concept, developed in the late 1960s through the early 1970s designated forty-eight centers within the metropolitan study area, twenty-nine of which were located within the City of Los Angeles, and focused on five basic components: major centers with a high intensity of development and activity; low density suburbs comprised of single family residences and local businesses; open spaces comprised of private and public parks; industrial areas convenient to housing and freight transportation; and, a comprehensive transportation system which included freeways, rapid transit, a region-wide air terminal system, and freight movement and terminal systems. The LACPC Collection includes many documents, publications, reports, correspondence, and other types of records which demonstrate the City’s movement toward community-based planning over the last half of the twentieth century. The collection is arranged into three major series: Administrative Files (1968-1995), City of Los Angeles (1963-1996), and Communities and Districts (1953-2000).
Series I, Administrative Files, documents the day-to-day business of the Los Angeles City Planning Department, including department policies and procedures, meeting minutes and notes, correspondence, legislation news, legal documents, reference materials. This series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically within.
Series II, City of Los Angeles, documents the Los Angeles City Planning Department's vision of the city as a whole, and includes: plans, proposals, reports, studies, maps, and informational brochures. This series is arranged into three subseries. Subseries A, General and Proposed Development (1967-1996), documents citywide goals, priorities, and implementation strategies, as part of the General Plan of the City of Los Angeles. Subseries B, Transportation, Land Use, and Environmental Concerns (1968-1996), documents the City’s planning process with an emphasis on environmental impact, meeting goals for preserving open space, and providing public recreation opportunities. Subseries C, Infrastructure and Safety (1963-1987), documents the City’s development of safety guidelines for fire, earthquake, and flood, standards to alleviate air traffic noise, and recommendations for safeguarding public schools against potential dangers. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically and chronologically within.
Series III, Communities and Districts, documents city planning in specific geographic areas, communities, or districts that fall under the Land Use Elements as organized by the LAPC. This series provides neighborhood level details, policies, and implementation strategies, and includes: plans, proposals, studies, reports, correspondence, memoranda, maps, and other records relevant to neighborhood planning. The series is arranged into five subseries: North San Fernando Valley Area (1965-2000), South San Fernando Valley Area (1970-1995), Central Area (1968-1990), East, West, South, and Harbor Areas (1974-1995), and Out of Area (1953-ca. 1992). Within each subseries materials are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically within.