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TOD

TOD Specific Plans

All TODs will be implemented by TOD specific plans, with standards, regulations, and infrastructure plans that tailor to the unique characteristics and needs of each community, and address issues such as access and connectivity, pedestrian improvements, and safety. The TOD specific plans will need to address existing challenges within many of the County’s TODs. For example, many of the transit stations that serve the unincorporated areas are located in the middle of freeways, which limit access to the station, expose residents to traffic and noise pollution, and create hostile environments for pedestrians. The East Los Angeles 3rd Street Specific Plan was adopted in 2014. Below are three of our TOD Specific Plans currently in development.


Willowbrook TOD Specific Plan

For more information visit the Willowbrook TOD Specific Plan page.

Timeline

  • Development of Draft Plan: 2014-2015
  • Environmental Impact Report, Public Hearings and Plan Adoption: 2015-2016

Overview

The Willowbrook TOD Specific Plan will serve as the model for future TOD specific plans. Building from the goals and policies outlined in the Los Angeles County General Plan, the Willowbrook TOD Specific Plan aims to encourage transit-oriented development, promote active transportation, promote healthy communities, reduce vehicle miles traveled, and streamline the environmental review process for future development projects. The Willowbrook TOD Specific Plan supports the General Plan TOD Program. The Specific Plan will develop from the ideas and vision set forth in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus Master Plan, and Metro’s Rosa Parks Station Study, and concurrent initiatives by the Arts Commission, Department of Public Works, Community Development Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Department of Public Health. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus Master Plan is a community vision and roadmap intended to promote wellness and physical activities in the community through tangible and practical recommendations, such as connected community gardens, mixed-use retail space, safe pedestrian walkways, recreational facilities, and access to public transportation. The Willowbrook TOD Specific Plan presents the opportunity to take these and other recommendations and translate them into regulatory land use and infrastructure policies, and link these efforts to the General Plan.


West Carson TOD Specific Plan

For more information visit the West Carson TOD Specific Plan page.

Timeline

  • Development of Draft Plan: 2015-2016
  • Environmental Impact Report, Public Hearings and Plan Adoption: 2016-2017

Overview

The West Carson TOD Specific Plan will be one of 11 new TOD Specific Plans developed as part of Los Angeles County’s General Plan. The Specific Plan will target the West Carson Station TOD, which consists of the area within a half-mile radius of the Carson Metro Bus Station in the unincorporated community of West Carson. The primary objective of this effort is to create a Specific Plan that promotes public transit usage and maximizes transit access, proposes streetscape and infrastructure improvements, encourages a mixture of housing/retail/office uses and other amenities, and supports all users of the streets, including pedestrians, people on wheels, and bicyclists. In preparing the Specific Plan, the County will seek input from the community, local stakeholder groups, and County partner agencies, to help craft regulatory land use policies and guidelines that respond to the specific needs and goals of the community. The West Carson TOD Specific Plan will also serve as a basis for neighborhood improvement and future development.


Connect Southwest LA

For more information visit the Connect Southwest LA page.

Timeline

  • Development of Draft Plan: 2016
  • Environmental Impact Report, Public Hearings and Plan Adoption: 2017-2018

Overview

The Connect Southwest LA plan area has all the elements that make for a successful TOD. First, multiple types of public transit already serve the area. The major transit station in the area is Metro’s Green Line Vermont/Athens Station, which connects to a community served by bus and Link shuttle service. Second, the area is home to Los Angeles Southwest College which is completing significant renovations and attracts commuters to the area each day. In addition, the County has major facilities that serve the area including the recently built Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department South Los Angeles Station and nearby county offices and service center. Finally, the diverse neighborhoods that include single family residential areas, active commercial corridors and multi-family housing are within close range of job centers, amenities and attractions in the region. Connect Southwest LA will ensure that new development complements the area and supports a healthier and safer environment for walking and biking.

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