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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


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Series II: City of Los Angeles, 1963-1996Save to your list.
Subseries A: General and Proposed Development, 1967-1996Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 6: Citywide Plan, A Portion of the General Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1972 August 10-1974 April 3Save to your list.
Folder 7: Citywide Planning and Development Division, Citywide Planning Unit, Centers Implementation Project, 1982 March 5Save to your list.
Folder 8: Citywide Planning Division Comparative Analysis DraftSave to your list.
Folder 9: Concept Los Angeles: The Concept for the Los Angeles General Plan, January 1970Save to your list.
Folder 10: Concepts for Los Angeles, Summary, September 1967Save to your list.
Folder 11: Goals and Reality, September 1967Save to your list.
Folder 12: Goals Discussion Paper: Planning Goals for the Los Angeles Metropolis, June 1967Save to your list.
Folder 13: Los Angeles City Planning, Los Angeles City Government 1781-1981, ca. 1981Save to your list.
Folder 14: Los Angeles, Goals Program QuestionnaireSave to your list.
Folder 15: Priority Goals for Los Angeles, September 1969Save to your list.
Folder 16: Proposed Citywide Plan Los Angeles, October 1972Save to your list.
Folder 17: Southern California Association of Governments, General Plan Framework Program of Implementation Measures: Proposal for Services, 1994 June 3Save to your list.
Folder 18: Southern California Association of Governments, General Plan Framework Program of Implementation Measures: Proposal for Services, 1994 June 3Save to your list.
Folder 19: Summary Report of the Los Angeles Goals Council, November 1969Save to your list.
Box 16Save to your list.
Folder 1: Concept Los Angeles: The Concept for the Los Angeles General Plan, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 2: "Environmental and Public Facilities Maps", 1996 July 1Save to your list.
Folder 3: Framework, Draft Citywide General Plan Framework Summary, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 4: Preliminary Citywide Plan: A Part of the General Plan of the City of Los Angeles, February 1970Save to your list.
Folder 5: Proposed Citywide Plan Los Angeles, October 1972Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: Concept Los Angeles: The Concept of the Los Angeles General Plan, 1970 August 6-1974 April 3Save to your list.
Folder 2: Cultural and Historical Monuments Plan, an Element of the Master Plan of the City of Los AngelesSave to your list.
Subseries B: Transportation, Land Use, and Environmental Concerns, 1968-1996Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Citywide General Plan Framework, Draft Environmental Impact Report, Appendices, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 2: Citywide General Plan Framework, Draft Environmental Impact Report, Appendices, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 3: Citywide General Plan Framework, Draft Environmental Impact Report, Appendices, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 4: Highflow Arterials: Location Study for Freeway Congestion Relief, Part I, Preliminary Draft, May 1984Save to your list.
Folder 5: Los Angeles River Advisory Committee, 1992 November 9-1994 April 25Save to your list.
Folder 6: Los Angeles River Master Plan, Progress Report Draft, August 1993Save to your list.
Folder 7: Microcomputer Justification- Land Use/Transportation Planning ProjectsSave to your list.
Folder 8: Open Space Plan, March 1974Save to your list.
Folder 9: Proposed 30-Year Integrated Transportation Plan, Draft, 1991 May 29Save to your list.
Folder 10: Proposed 30-Year Integrated Transportation Plan, Draft, 1991 May 29Save to your list.
Box 16Save to your list.
Folder 6: Framework, Citywide General Plan Framework, an Element of the General Plan Executive Summary, 1996 December 11Save to your list.
Folder 7: Los Angeles International Airport, Interim Plan, an Element of the General Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1980 July 2-1981 January 12Save to your list.
Folder 8: Los Angeles River Advisory CommitteeSave to your list.
Folder 9: Los Angeles River Master Plan, Progress Report Draft, July 1993Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 4Save to your list.
Folder 3: Major Equestrian and Hiking Trails Plan, an Element of the Master Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 4: Open Space Plan, March 1974Save to your list.
Folder 5: Public Recreation Plan, A Portion of the Scenic Systems Element of the Los Angeles General Plan, 1980 October 9Save to your list.
Subseries C: Infrastructure and Safety, 1963-1987Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 11: Heliport Design Guide: Advisory Circular, 1977 August 22Save to your list.
Folder 12: Noise Element, 1975 September 19Save to your list.
Folder 13: Seismic Safety Plan: A Portion of the General Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1974 July 3-1975 September 10Save to your list.
Box 16Save to your list.
Folder 10: Noise Element, October 1977Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 4Save to your list.
Folder 6: "Chatsworth-Porter Ranch, Citizens Advisory Committees Recommended Plan", April 1987Save to your list.
Folder 7: City Owned Power Transmission Rights-of-Way Development Plan, an Element of the Master Plan of the Master Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1968 October 31-1969 January 2Save to your list.
Folder 8: Drainage Plan, an Element of the Master Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 9: Fire Protection Plan, an Element of the Master Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 10: Public Schools Plan, an Element of the Master Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 11: Water Systems Plan, an Element of the Master Plan of the City of Los Angeles, 1968 August 22-1969 January 14Save to your list.

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