Chapter 3 - Land Use


It is the intent of the General Plan Framework Element to encourage the establishment of commercial and mixed-use districts that promote pedestrian activity. Such districts can become community-oriented focal points that are differentiated from the prevailing pattern of development and reduce the use of the automobile. Successful pedestrian districts can enhance the economic vitality of their uses, such as has been experienced in Larchmont Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. All neighborhood districts, community centers, and portions of regional centers and mixed-use boulevards should be considered for designation as pedestrian districts in the community plans.

In designated pedestrian-oriented districts, new structures should be located to form common and semi-continuous building "walls" along primary street frontages and pedestrian sidewalks. The ground floor of structures shall primarily contain uses that are characterized by a high level of customer use and their facades designed to promote pedestrian interest. Outdoor restaurants should be encouraged. Sidewalks should incorporate amenities to make pedestrian activity a pleasant experience, such as street trees and landscaping, benches, trash receptacles, pedestrian-oriented lighting and signage, and attractive paving materials, bicycle amenities, and other "slow street" techniques.

Pedestrian active street: Character: buildings located along street frontage, uses open onto the street (visible and accessible), signage oriented to the pedestrian Broadway Pedestrian-oriented streetscape amenities: trees, public art, siting areas, street trees and other landscape, pedestrian-scaled lighting fixtures

Districts that promote pedestrian activity and provide a quality experience for the City's residents.

Objective 3.16

Accommodate land uses, locate and design buildings, and implement streetscape amenities that enhance pedestrian activity.

3.16.1 Enhance pedestrian activity in areas designated as a Pedestrian-Oriented District ("-PD") by the design and siting of buildings in accordance with the policies contained in Chapter 5: Urban Form and Neighborhood Design. (P24, P25, P32)
3.16.2 Locate parking in pedestrian districts to the rear, above, or below the street-fronting uses. (P18, P24)

Require that the ground floor of parking structures located along primary street frontages in pedestrian-oriented districts be designed to promote pedestrian activity and, where appropriate, incorporate retail uses. (P24)

Outdoor cafes located in pedestrian-oriented district Inclusion of pedestrian-oriented amenities in regional center (Century City): buildings located on sidewalks, buildings open to exterior, trees and landscape, benches, pedestrian-scaled lighting fixtures.


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