Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Draft East Los Angeles 3rd Street Specific Plan

Contact Information

East Los Angeles Community Plan Update
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For more information regarding the draft East Los Angeles 3rd Street Specific Plan, please contact Community Studies East at (213) 974-6425 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Our offices are closed on Fridays.

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The East Los Angeles 3rd Street Specific Plan will guide and foster transit-supportive development around the Metro Gold Line stations, as well as stabilize and enhance the adjoining residential neighborhoods. This Plan is the product of the collective efforts and input of the East Los Angeles Planning Advisory Committee (ELAPAC), county staff, neighborhood residents, and business and property owners. The Plan will build upon the substantial public investment and transformative opportunity created by the Gold Line extension into East Los Angeles. New development standards and strategies will be implemented to encourage and support a sustainable, transit-supportive, pedestrian-friendly, and economically vibrant community.

Form-Based Code Ordinance

On November 12, 2014, the County Board of Supervisors adopted the Form-Based Code (effective December 12, 2014).

The Plan will utilize a form-based development code to guide new development. Form-based codes are an innovative alternative to conventional zoning that focus on the form of buildings rather than the separation of land uses. Form-based codes include specifications of what uses are permitted in a building or zone, but the attention is on the physical character of development, particularly how it relates to the public realm that everyone shares.

What is a Form-Based Code?

The Form-Based Code Institute (FBCI) has the goal of setting standards for the practice of Form-Based Coding. The FBCI website includes links to books, articles, code documents, videos, and additional resources from the FBCI.

Open House

Open House
August 14, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Community Room
East Los Angeles Library
4837 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Public Hearings

Regional Planning Commission
July 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. (Note: Staff will recommend a continuance to August 6, 2014 at 9:00 am.)
Hall of Records
Commission Hearing Room 150
320 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing
September 23, 2014 at 9:30am

November 14, 2014 at 9:00am (Consent Item)

Environmental Review

The Department of Regional Planning is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The DEIR was published online by May 15, 2014. The 45-day public comment period ended on July 1, 2014.

Questions or comments may be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Community Participation

Community involvement is at the heart of the planning process. Participation has included extensive community workshops and the formation of the East Los Angeles Planning Advisory Committee (ELAPAC). The ELAPAC is an advisory committee, which represents each neighborhood in East Los Angeles community. All neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and other stakeholders are welcome and invited to participate in this ongoing planning process.

For more information on the workshops and the ELAPAC please see:

Project Timeline

Phases Target Timing
Public Participation 2009
Development of Draft Plan 2012
Environmental Impact Report, Public Meetings, Hearings and Revisions 2013-2014
Plan Adoption and Dissemination 2014

Resources and Contacts

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The Specific Plan

LA County Department of Regional Planning
Community Studies East Section
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Phone: 213-974-6425
Fax: 213-626-0434

Planning and Zoning in East Los Angeles

Dept. of Regional Planning (East Los Angeles Office)
4801 East Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Building permits and home improvements

LA County Department of Public Works
Building and Safety Division
Phone: 323-881-7030

Public safety

LA County Sheriff’s Department
Captain James P. Wolak

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