General Information on the New Community Plan Program (NCP)

Along with the 35 Community Plans that make up the Land Use Element, the City’s General Plan includes six other state-mandated Elements that include Noise, Transportation and Conservation, among others.

The Department of City Planning (DCP) is in the process of updating several Community Plans throughout the city as part of its NCP Program. 

The West Adams New Community Plan is an effort to update the existing Plan (last updated in 1998) to:

(1) reflect preferred future growth patterns in the area,
(2) encourage wise growth,
(3) identify appropriate locations for new development, 
(4) address prevailing neighborhood and community issues,   
(5) protect residential neighborhoods from development that is out of character and scale.

The New Community Plan will not only revisit the goals and policies for the area, but also establishes a district plan known as the West Adams Community Plan Implementation Overlay District (CPIO) that addresses the various land use issues in the community and provides regulations tailored to the specific needs for several CPIO subareas identified for the Plan Area.

The CPIO "overlay" district as well as amendments to the existing Crenshaw Corridor Specific Plan include design standards that encourage attractive and well-designed projects. They also regulate permitted land uses, height, bulk and overall design of buildings along the major commercial corridors of the Plan Area. They encourage sustainable, mixed-use development around transit stations, promote a greater diversity of retail and neighborhood services that provide access to healthy foods and physical activity. The development standards will further regulate industrial districts to preserve the area’s economic/ job base while protecting adjacent residential uses.  

Planning Tools
In addition to the planning tools identified above, the City has an array of implementation tools at its disposal to implement the goals and policies of the New Community Plan. 
These implementation tools may too be used in helping to make neighborhoods more livable, create aesthetically pleasing places and facilitate healthy and sustainable development patterns within the Community Plan Area.