City Planning

In December 2008, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion by members Bernard C. Parks, Ed P. Reyes and Jan Perry that allows the University of Southern California to move forward with ambitious plans to create more student housing as it provides its University Park neighbors with a new retail and services center.

The action began the process for creating a planning area called a Specific Plan. The proposed University of Southern California University Park Specific Plan covers university-owned areas of master planning subareas one, two and three of the USC University Park Campus Master Plan – all areas owned by the university on or adjacent to the University Park campus. Because USC owns the land, neither the university nor government agencies are contemplating the use of eminent domain as part of this specific plan.

On January 30, 2009, the City of Los Angeles commenced the environmental review portion of the permitting process for the University of Southern California University Park Specific Plan, which ultimately would result in a new development to relieve pressure on rental units in the North University Park area.

The city’s action is required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which provides for the study and documentation of potential environmental impacts before development projects are approved for construction. Under the statute, the city issued a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report, which begins a public participation phase.

The city announced that it will hold a public scoping meeting the evening of Wednesday, February 18, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the EXPO Center, Community Hall (2nd Floor), 3980 South Menlo Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037. This is an opportunity for individuals to provide comment to the City of Los Angeles regarding the environmental matters that should be studied in evaluating the university’s proposed project.

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