The Los Angeles Department of City Planning has long focused land use planning around transit to create complete neighborhoods. Plans for transit neighborhoods typically encourage building design and a mix of uses that foster transit use. This pattern of development is intended to expand mobility options for greater numbers of people; improve the livability of the City; reinforce neighborhood character and identity; and generate greater economic opportunity for all residents. For an overview of the City’s efforts to plan for transit, please see the Planning for Transit Brochure.
In June 2012, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, in partnership with Metro, launched the Transit Neighborhood Plans (TNPs) program to encourage livable communities and employment centers around the region’s expanding transit network. For more information, please see the LATNP Program Overview Slideshow.
Transit Neighborhood Plans Program Station Areas
*Please note that this map is for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect any proposed plan boundaries.
The plans focus around the neighborhoods of the following future and existing transit stations:
• Exposition/Crenshaw Station
• Leimert Park Station
• Crenshaw/MLK Station
• Hyde Park (formerly Crenshaw/Slauson) Station
• Fairview Heights (formerly Florence/West) Station
• Century/Aviation Station
Downtown Regional Connector
• 2nd Street/Broadway Station
• 2nd Place/Hope Station
• 1st Street/Central Station
• Civic Center/Grand Park Station
• Pershing Square Station
• 7th Street/Metro Center Station
• Pico/Chick Hearn Station
The City of Los Angeles was awarded a total of $7.5 million from two separate grants through Metro’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Grant Program to partially fund this effort. The grant program supports planning efforts that enhance access to transit, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote sustainable development. The first grant funds plans along the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Exposition Line, and the second grant funds planning efforts around the future Regional Connector stations and existing downtown stations, the Purple Line extension, and the Orange Line.
The plans will encourage mixed-use development, mixed-income housing, employment, and infrastructure in neighborhoods connected by the city’s transit network. The plans may use strategies such as new zoning, development regulations, and design standards that improve walkability and better facilitate pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular travel.
The plans generally focus on neighborhoods within a 15-minute walk, or half mile, of the transit stations or corridors. Please note that the design and location of future Metro stations are determined by Metro and therefore outside the scope of this project, which is focused on enhancing the neighborhoods surrounding the stations.
Each station neighborhood has a unique character and distinct mix of housing and businesses, which will be taken into account in the Department’s approach to the respective station neighborhood plans. Plans are developed through a collaborative effort, with involvement from residents, the local workforce, business and property owners, developers, and community organizations. This planning process provides an opportunity for stakeholders to voice their ideas and concerns for the neighborhood’s future, including land uses, building design, public amenities, streetscape elements, and pedestrian, bicyclist, and vehicular circulation. The Department will also coordinating planning efforts with other relevant City departments, including Transportation and Public Works, as well as with the neighboring cities of Inglewood, Culver City, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills.
The Transit Neighborhood Plans’ adoption process generally involves review and recommendation by the local Area Planning Commission and the City Planning Commission prior to final adoption by the City Council. Streetscape plans require approval from the Cultural Affairs Commission and the Board of Public Works, in addition to the Planning Commission.