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Following the passage of Measure M in 2016, Metro found itself flush with taxpayer monies that will allow for new rail lines crisscrossing the region.  Two Los Angeles County Supervisors are now looking to prepare for development around these future transit lines.

Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis have introduced a motion which calls upon the County to "align planning efforts across both regional plans and infrastructure plans to best position the County to implement transit-oriented development," surrounding new rail stations.

This action is prompted by a component of Measure M which requires that any jurisdiction located within a half-mile of a new transit stop pay 3 percent of total project costs.  This requirement can be satisfied by investment in active transportation and other first miles-last mile projects that are included in project costs.

Metro's current expansion plans could result in as many as 10 new stations in unincorporated communities whose land use policies are determined at the County level.

The County has already imposed "Transit Oriented Development" specific plans at several stations along the Blue and Green Lines, including those for the West Athens, Willowbrook, and Florence communities.  These documents consider the scope and scale of new developments, as well as other items such as parking needs and public realm improvements.

Solis and Hahn's motion, which will be considered at today's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, calls for a report back within 90 days.

 

The Blue Line's Firestone Station, located in an unincorporated community of Firestone Park. Image via WIkimedia Commons.

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A proposed $150-million development at the site of a shuttered Montgomery Ward in Panorama City may be trading retail space for more housing, according to an agenda item at next week's meeting of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.

The ICON at Panorama, when first announced by its developer the Icon Co., called for replacing the former department store at Roscoe Boulevard and Tobias Avenue with 422 apartments and approximately 200,000 sq