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Collection Overview

Title: Los Angeles City Planning Commission Collection, 1953-2000Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1987-1996

ID: URB/LACPC

Primary Creator: Los Angeles City Planning Commission

Extent: 12.14 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Files, 1968-1995

Series II: City of Los Angeles, 1963-1996

     Subseries A: General and Proposed Development, 1967-1996

     Subseries B: Transportation, Land Use, and Environmental Concerns, 1968-1996

     Subseries C: Infrastructure and Safety, 1963-1987

Series III: Communities and Districts, 1953-2000

     Subseries A: North San Fernando Valley Area, 1965-2000

     Subseries B: South San Fernando Valley Area, 1970-1995

     Subseries C: Central Area, 1968-1990

     Subseries D: East, West, South, and Harbor Areas, 1974-1995

     Subseries E: Out of Area, 1953-ca. 1992

Date Acquired: 09/11/2003. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Maps, Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission Collection (LACPC) documents an important transitional period in the history of urban planning in Los Angeles, which is characterized by a movement from Citywide comprehensive planning toward community and region-based planning over the last half of the twentieth century. The collection includes records and publications which document the day-to-day business of LACPC, city planning in specific geographic areas, communities, or districts, and department's vision of the city as a whole.

Biographical Note

In 1910, the Los Angeles City Council established a fifteen member Planning Committee to assist in the development of a plan to improve the City. Ten years later, the Planning Committee was replaced by a fifty-two-member City Planning Commission made up of community leaders from civic groups across Los Angeles and one professional planner, George Gordon Whitnall.  In 1925, The City Planning Commission was reduced to five members, who were all professional urban planners, and Whitnall was appointed to lead the department. During the 1940s and 1950s, the Commission developed height, area, density, and parking regulations, and standard zone categories. In the mid-1970s, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the Centers Concept, which envisioned the City as a network of urban centers connected by a rail transit system. In the 1990s, City Council developed a new guiding document called the General Plan Framework, which directs plans for future growth in population, jobs, and housing into neighborhood districts, community centers, regional centers, the downtown center, and industrial districts as part of a strategy for comprehensive planning across the City. In 2000, The City Planning Commission was expanded from five to nine members and seven Area Planning Commissions were established.

Today, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning is charged with the responsibility of preparing, maintaining, and implementing a General Plan for the development of the City of Los Angeles. The General Plan consists of the Framework Element, which provides overall guidance for the future of the city and other citywide elements including state mandated elements such as the Transportation, Housing, Open Space and Land Use Elements. The Citywide General Plan Framework is based on a directed growth strategy which targets residential and commercial growth along boulevards, corridors and clustered development around high activity centers and around transit opportunities.

The Land Use Element of the General Plan is comprised of thirty-five community plans, which depict a range of allowable land uses, unique to individual communities. Community Plans are intended to promote an arrangement of land uses, streets, and services which encourage and contribute to the economic, social and physical health, safety, welfare, and convenience of the people who live and work there. The Planning Department implements the General Plan utilizing a variety of tools through the application of zoning regulations to regulate the use of land in the city.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 2005

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Victoria Brinn Feinberg, Tim Dagodag

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Holli Teltoe, 2016


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Administrative Files, 1968-1995]
[Series II: City of Los Angeles, 1963-1996]
[Series III: Communities and Districts, 1953-2000],
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Series I: Administrative Files, 1968-1995Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: California Planning Law and Land-Use Regulations: Planning Law Manual for Planning Commissioners, Members of Local Legislative Bodies and Staff, July 1983Save to your list.
Folder 2: Charters and Procedural Guidelines, 1972 June 21-ca. 1986Save to your list.
Folder 3: Chatsworth-Porter Ranch Public HearingSave to your list.
Folder 4: Community Planning, 1980-1994 October 4Save to your list.
Folder 5: Correspondence and Press Releases, 1987 October 20-1992 August 5Save to your list.
Folder 6: Criteria for the Siting of Treatment Technologies for Hazardous Waste Management, 1982 December 17, 1983 January 18Save to your list.
Folder 7: Economic Reports and Projections, 1989 February 6-May 1992Save to your list.
Folder 8: Federal and State Planning Law, 1964-1977, 1972 February 3-1983Save to your list.
Folder 9: Heliport Cases and Hearings, 1977 December 22-1984 March 15Save to your list.
Folder 10: Homeowners of Encino vs. City of Los Angeles, 1985 January 2-1985 January 25Save to your list.
Folder 11: Inter-Departmental Communication, 1982 February 19-1991 June 11Save to your list.
Folder 12: Land Use Litigation News, January 1983-December 1983Save to your list.
Folder 13: Land Use Litigation Newsletter, April 1982-December 1982Save to your list.
Folder 14: League of California Cities Planning Commissioners Institute, 1983 Department Conference, Monterey, California, Recent Land Use and Development Litigation Since 1981, 1983Save to your list.
Folder 15: Legislation Landmark, Howard A. Martin Binder, 1969 May 29-1985 April 10Save to your list.
Folder 16: Legislative Digest, 1981 October 14Save to your list.
Folder 17: Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Attachments, 1990 March 14-1995 September 27Save to your list.
Folder 18: Meeting Notes, 1989 July 7Save to your list.
Folder 19: Minority Contractors, 1987 December 1Save to your list.
Folder 20: Newspaper Clippings, 1992 July 9-1992 August 13Save to your list.
Folder 21: Partnership Newsletter, June 1980-December 1986Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Partnership Newsletter, June 1980-December 1985Save to your list.
Folder 2: Pride vs. City of Los Angeles and Porter Ranch Development, 1990 August 8-1990 August 27Save to your list.
Folder 3: Standard Conditions and Requirements for Commercial and Residential Development, 1968 December 1-1983 January 17Save to your list.
Folder 4: State of California Office of Planning and Research, "Legislative Summary, 1982", December 1982Save to your list.
Folder 5: Zoning Law, January 1976-1985 September 16Save to your list.

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[Series I: Administrative Files, 1968-1995]
[Series II: City of Los Angeles, 1963-1996]
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