The Southeast Valley Community Plans team has reached a major milestone by completing our initial “Listen” phase of outreach activities. From Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, the project team has spoken with hundres of people. We visited 9 Neighborhood Councils, hosted 4 public open house meetings, met with neighborhood and business groups, spoke with immigrant community leaders, met with over 100 youth and attended numerous public events. We love getting to know the diverse communities of the Southeast San Fernando Valley. Our team thanks all the residents, business owners and community leaders who have shared their ideas with us. If you want to see photos, presentations and summaries of past events check out the posts on the Updates page of our website.
We’re now moving on to the “Share” phase of our outreach process. In June and July, we’ll be visiting the Neighborhood Councils in the Southeast Valley to present what we’ve heard over the last eight months. We hope you’ll join us! These meetings are a temperature check for us as we develop initial ideas for the plan update. What are the key land use issues in each Southeast Valley community and how can they be addressed locally? Come discuss this with us and your Neighborhood Council.
If you can’t make it to the NC meeting in your area, you can always submit comments on our website or email us directly at email@example.com. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for notices about upcoming events.
PS: Save the dates for our Concept Workshops, coming this summer! We’ll report back on what we’ve heard, explain some of the technical work we’ve been doing, and share initial land use concepts. Each workshop will have information about all three Community Plan Areas, so you can attend any that you like.
Saturday 7/27 - 9 am - 2 pm
Harmony Toluca Lake Church
4301 Cahuenga Blvd, Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Saturday 8/17 - 9 am - 2 pm
Marvin Braude Civic Center Community Room
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. 1st Floor, Van Nuys, CA, 91401
Saturday 8/24 - 9 am - 2 pm
East Valley High School
5525 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Thursday 8/29 - 3 pm - 7 pm
Marvin Braude Civic Center Community Room
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. 1st Floor, Van Nuys, CA, 91401
Throughout the Listen phase of the Southeast Valley Community Plans Update, our team has engaged with the public at events throughout the Community Plan Area. We have partnered with neighborhood organizations as well as Council Districts 2, 4, and 6 to attend local events, with a focus on informing local stakeholders about our work program and gathering community feedback. We appreciate every opportunity to engage with stakeholders and plan to continue to have a presence at future community events.
Over the past eight months, our team engaged with the community at these public events:
9/28/2018 – Van Nuys Art Fest, hosted by CD 6
10/21/2018 – Sherman Oaks Street Fair, hosted by the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce
01/17/2019 – Renter’s Rights Workshop, hosted by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
03/09/2019 – Van Nuys Arbor Day Celebration, hosted by CD 6
04/07/2019 – Taste of Toluca Lake, hosted by the Greater Toluca Lake NC
04/27/2019 – Earth Day LA at Woodley Park, hosted by LA Bureau of Sanitation
05/18/2019 – Whitsett Sports Complex Community Fair, hosted by CD 2
If you know of any upcoming community events that we should attend, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Southeast Valley Community Plans Update team paid special attention to dialoguing with youth in the three Plan Areas. This constituency is not typically involved or represented in planning efforts, but will hopefully thrive in these neighborhoods for decades to come. During our Listen phase, we have talked with over 100 young people from Grant High School, Van Nuys High School, East Valley YMCA, and Harvard-Westlake School. The youth participants described the challenges they currently face and dynamic visions for the future of their communities.
Many of the issues we heard about were related to housing. Youth expressed concern about being priced out due to high rents, increasing homelessness in the city, and the lack of new affordable housing and apartments. They also discussed solutions and strategies that we can include in our Community Plan Updates to make their neighborhoods more livable, including:
Among the stakeholder groups our team has reached out to over the past few months is the business community, including the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), Southeast Area Realtors Group, and the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce. These meetings have been a chance for us to familiarize business owners with the Community Plans Update process and gather feedback we can use as we develop the initial ideas for the plan update. To encourage businesses to stay in the Southeast Valley, they suggested a range of actions, including flexibility with parking requirements and increasing the diversity of housing types, both for rent and for purchase.
Thank you to the groups that took time to host us and share their ideas. If you are part of a business group that would like to talk to us, email us at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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!
The Southeast Valley team is grateful to everyone who generously shared their time with us at these events. We enjoyed the opportunity to interact with community members and hear about what's important to them. We are now organizing and summarizing what we heard, and we hope to share this information with you in early 2019.
If you were unable to attend one of the Open Houses, there is still an opportunity to make your voice heard. Please visit our Get Involved page to leave a comment, take a survey, email or call us about any thoughts or ideas you may have. Below you can find the materials from the events. We look forward to hearing from you!
In addition to meeting community representatives from the Southeast Valley, these presentations have enabled us to introduce the Community Plan Update process, the timeline, and the opportunities we anticipate for public input. Below you can find some materials from these events.
The Department of City Planning has officially launched a three-year effort to update the three Community Plans for the Southeast San Fernando Valley:
The key components of the update process are:
The Southeast Valley planning team will begin its outreach effort in September with brief presentations to Neighborhood Councils within the plan area. Click here for a schedule of our upcoming presentations.
In addition, we will be hosting community open houses later this fall. These open houses will be the first opportunity for the public to provide input to the planning team about their communities. Click here for a schedule of our upcoming open houses.
We hope to see you there!