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Four Los Angeles City Councilmembers have begun a push to update the 26-year-old Ventura-Cahuenga Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan, which guides land use and development policy along the San Fernando Valley's most iconic street.

The specific plan, which was adopted in 1991, encompasses the full distance of Ventura Boulevard between Woodland Hills and Studio City.  In a motion introduced today, Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, David Ryu, Paul Krekorian and Paul Koretz described the document as outdated, stating that it is "unresponsive to changes in community and business needs, design guidelines, commercial economics and development."  Additionally, the motion notes that the plan has failed to keep pace with evolving housing and transportation policy at the local and state levels, and currently sets inelastic requirements for addressing transportation mitigations.

With these shortcomings in mind, the Councilmembers wish to direct the Planning Department, the Department of Transportation, the City Administrative Office and the Chief Legislative ANalyst to report back in 60 days on options for updating the plan, including costs, potential funding sources and an approximate timeline.

The Councilmembers have also called upon the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to guide community outreach to the six neighborhoods included within the specific plan area.

The motion has been referred to the City Council's Planning and Land Use Committee for consideration.

Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
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