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West Carson
Transit Oriented District
Specific Plan

The West Carson Transit Oriented District (TOD) Specific Plan (Specific Plan) will guide future transit-oriented development to create a distinct identity; improve connections and access for all users; and improve the safety, economic vitality, and overall quality of life for the West Carson community.

The Specific Plan will be used in conjunction with the Los Angeles County 2035 General Plan (General Plan) and Los Angeles County Code (County Code) to provide more detailed design and development criteria for individual project proposals and public improvements. The plan defines the proposed land use plan, development standards, infrastructure improvements, design guidelines, and implementation programs for any proposed project in the Specific Plan area.

What is a Transit Oriented District (TOD)?

Transit Oriented Districts (TODs) are areas within a 1/2-mile radius from a major transit stop that have development and design standards, and incentives to facilitate transit-oriented development. Urban and suburban areas with access to major transit and commercial corridors have the most potential for infill development. Transit-oriented development is well-suited for higher density housing and mixed uses with nodes of commercial, employment, and civic activities. Transit-oriented development in urban and suburban areas connects neighborhoods, and community and employment centers through a broad network of pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and roadway facilities.

What is a Specific Plan?

The Specific Plan is one of several policy or regulatory tools used by local governments to guide community development. While the general plan sets forth goals, objectives, policies, and programs for the entire jurisdiction, the Specific Plan does so for a localized area and in greater detail. The authority for preparing a Specific Plan is in the California Government Code §§ 65450 through 65457. The law allows but does not require the planning agency to prepare and adopt Specific Plans for the systematic execution of the General Plan. According to state law, all specific plans must be consistent with the adopted General Plan, and all subdivision and development activity must be consistent with the Specific Plan.

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