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West Hollywood Considers a Denser Cityscape

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WeHo is in the midst of redrafting their 25-year-old General Plan, which lays down "basic principles and [provides] a template for land-use over the following 20 years," reports the WeHo News. The WeHo News piece is fairly unbiased, considering the newspaper often features anti-development and anti-growth commentaries, though they did describe West Hollywood as "nearly the densest city this side of the Mississippi River." (Who can back up that claim?) Anyway, the city is hoping to have the plan ready for City Council approval in August; two more "study sessions" on the plan are scheduled for January and April to achieve that goal. At a recent study session two weeks ago (that split the city into six districts, see attached map), City Council members and planners said WeHoans are already happy with land-use as it stands now, which led associate planner Bianca Siegl to suggest the best route is "maintaining and enhancing the city's land-use policy rather than making dramatic changes." But planners are targeting certain areas for growth--specifically in neighborhoods close to stops on the "Pink Line," the proposed subway that would run through WeHo and connect the Red and Purple lines. Image courtesy WeHo News

The growth plan splits WeHo into six land-use areas:

1) The Avenues of Art and Design on Melrose and Beverly
2) Santa Monica West (Boystown)
3) Mid-City Boulevard (Boystown East on Santa Monica Blvd.)
4) Santa Monica/Fairfax Transit District
5) La Brea/Santa Monica Transit Node
6) Sunset Boulevard

-Area 1 will probably see little change.
-Area 2 could see added mixed-use developments at a possible subway "party" (those quotes are from us) stop at Santa Monica and San Vicente.
-Area 3 could see density added through "sensitive infill developments."
-Area 4 could bring mixed-use developments that capitalize on "high levels of bus ridership, a potential subway station, a cluster of rehabilitated historic buildings, and artistic and educational institutions."
-Area 5 is seen as rife for potential, as auto-orientated intersections become a pedestrian-oriented district that has a mix of retail, jobs, and housing. There are already advanced mixed-use plans for La Brea and Fountain and La Brea and Santa Monica.
-Area 6 will most likely see little change.

A workshop will take place on January 30 that will offer updates on the general plan as it moves towards its public release in May, and city council consideration in August.

· WeHo General Plan Taking Shape [WeHo News]
· Neighborhood Changer #1 [Curbed LA]
· Neighborhood Changer #2 [Curbed LA]