After what seems like a full decade of good intentions followed by bureaucratic delays, the Hollywood Community Plan has finally been shaped into final environmental impact review form. The Community Plan makes it clear up front that its purpose is to allow for new development, especially the prettiest belle at the ball, transit-oriented development. The plan nicely sums up the whole affair: "As part of redirecting growth, the Proposed Plan includes removing and/or revising development limitations on commercial zones and multi-family residential zones that were imposed during the previous Update in 1988. The Proposed Plan also contains policies and programs to protect the character of low-scale residential neighborhoods and the rich built history of key buildings and places that are considered historically and culturally significant." So the plan makes it easier to build multi-family, while preserving the neighborhoods. Sounds like the best of both worlds, right?
Commenters on the draft Community Plan (the draft plan was released in March of 2011 and public comments lasted until May) made a special point of questioning the population targets used in the draft--the new plan assumes population growth, while the US Census shows that the population of Hollywood has declined since 1990, and the city's General Plan assumes neutral population growth. There were also objections to the impacts the new plan might have on the neighborhood's infrastructure.
The plan next heads to the City Planning Commission, with a hearing tentatively scheduled for December 8.
· Final EIR for the Hollywood Community Plan [City Planning]