Aside from the Neighborhood Councils, the Southeast Valley Community Plans Update team has reached out to other neighborhood groups, including Van Nuys Neighborhood Watch Captains, Van Nuys Civic Center West Neighborhood Group, the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association and the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association. Participants shared ideas about different issues in the community such as housing, mobility, access to open space, and commercial spaces.
In Van Nuys, community stakeholders told us that they value the history and character of Van Nuys, from cruising along Van Nuys Boulevard, to the unique home designs that exist throughout the community. There is an overall feeling that this area could accommodate more green space, employment centers, and new businesses like cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, and movie theaters.
Residents in Toluca Lake and Sherman Oaks also shared their support for existing local businesses and the need to grow jobs in the area. Additionally, people voiced that they would like to see more solutions for addressing homelessness, pedestrian-friendly spaces close to accessible public transit, street repair and maintenance, and thoughtful design, height, and density requirements for future development.
Thank you to the groups that took time to host us and share their ideas. If you are part of a neighborhood group that would like to talk to us, email us at email@example.com.
On January 31, the Southeast Valley team conducted focus groups with more than 20 Latino community leaders from the San Fernando Valley, part of a targeted effort to reach out to groups that were underrepresented at our Open House events. Like the Open House listening sessions, these focus groups were an opportunity for community members to talk about key issues of concern to them such as housing density and design, the perception of safety when walking or using public transit, traffic and parking, and the need for more green and open spaces.
The focus groups were organized in conjunction with COFEM (Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas), a nonprofit whose mission is to promote civic engagement in immigrant communities. Our deepest appreciation to COFEM’s leadership for helping make these focus groups happen.
If you know of a Southeast Valley stakeholder group that would like to participate in our targeted outreach efforts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small group discussions during COFEM outreach event
In the Listen phase of the Southeast Valley Community Plans Update, we've sought input from community members on local land use issues. We kicked off the Plans Update with four Open Houses throughout the Southeast Valley featuring facilitated small-group discussions, or "listening sessions", with participants. Several major recurring themes were identified at these events, including:
We're still listening! Follow our social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) to learn about the additional outreach we're doing this winter with local youth, businesses and other stakeholders. If you'd like us to speak with you or a group you represent about the Community Plans Update, please contact us!