The Van Nuys – North Sherman Oaks Community Plan Area is generally bounded by the Metrolink right-of-way to the north, the Tujunga Wash to the east, the 101 freeway to the south, and Gloria Avenue, Valjean Avenue, and the 405 freeway to the west.
Van Nuys is located north of Burbank Boulevard and comprises the majority of the Plan Area. The area is home to the Valley's Civic Center, with commercial uses concentrated largely on Van Nuys and Sepulveda boulevards. Most of the area's residential neighborhoods consist of single-family homes with multifamily development in the Civic Center area and along the larger boulevards. Van Nuys also has two significant industrially zoned areas: flanking the Orange Line between Van Nuys and Sepulveda and along the Metrolink right-of-way to the north.
North Sherman Oaks comprises the southern portion of the plan area bordering the 101 freeway, and is primarily defined by pockets of single family neighborhoods with multifamily housing on corridors and commercial uses concentrated on Van Nuys and Sepulveda boulevards as well as key intersections and along Riverside Drive.
The area also includes the Valley Glen neighborhood, located just west of the 170 freeway, which is developed with primarily single family neighborhoods. Multi-family and commercial uses are located along major corridors and there are industrial uses along the northern boundary. Landmarks include Los Angeles Valley College and the Tujunga Wash.
Neighboring communities include Lake Balboa, North Hills, Panorama City, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Studio City and Sherman Oaks.