To read more about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Process and the NOP/IS, click here: https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process
Although the Draft EIR Public Review and Comment Period has ended, the entire Draft EIR is available online below, and hard-copies of the report are available at the following locations. To see the map of locations where the copies are available, click here. The DEIR Public Meeting presentation slides are available here.
The City of Los Angeles (City) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program (proposed Project) that addresses the manner in which sidewalk repair projects are undertaken pursuant to the City’s obligations under the Willits Settlement Agreement (Settlement). The City is requesting input on the Draft EIR from public agencies, residents, and other interested project stakeholders.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposed Sidewalk Repair Program (also referred to as the Project) is a Citywide program to modify the manner in which sidewalk repair projects are undertaken pursuant to the City of Los Angeles' (City) obligations under the Willits Settlement Agreement (Settlement). Currently, the City is complying with the Settlement using existing ordinances and policies. The existing process requires case-by-case review and approval of each sidewalk repair project funded as a result of the Settlement. With the Project, the City is proposing to adopt a new uncodified ordinance to revise with a primary goal of streamlining the Settlement implementation process. As explained more fully below, the key components of the ordinance include:
• A ministerial approval process to enable sidewalk repair projects falling within certain specified parameters to proceed upon approval by the City Engineer or a designee, without undergoing further environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
• A streamlined discretionary approval process by the City Engineer or a designee for sidewalk repair projects falling outside the specific parameters for a ministerial sidewalk repair approval;
• A revised Street Tree Retention, Removal and Replacement Policy establishing a 2:1 street tree replacement to removal ratio requirement for years 1-10, 3:1 for years 11-21, and 2:1 for years 22-30, and;
• Mandatory Project Design Features (PDFs) generally consisting of regulatory compliance measures and standard construction conditions and procedures.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES: The following is a list of objectives for the proposed Project that support the underlying purpose, including the fundamental project objective which is to:
• Ensure the continued and efficient compliance with the requirements of the Settlement while amending the existing program for sidewalk and curb ramp improvements within the City, in accordance with the applicable accessibility requirements, including those required by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The following additional project objectives have also been identified:
• Retain existing street trees that are the cause of sidewalk barriers to the extent feasible, provided the sidewalk improvements would not result in street tree mortality or compromise public safety;
• If the removal of one or more street trees is required, ensure compliance with the City’s replacement requirements adopted to ensure no net street tree canopy loss at the end of the Project implementation period; and
• Identify the criteria and process for ministerial approval of future sidewalk improvements and street tree removals and replacements, with the goal of avoiding the need to undertake individualized environmental review of every repair of every City sidewalk or of every street tree removal and replacement and the potential legal challenge to each such approval; thereby streamlining the Settlement implementation and providing certainty to the City and its disabled community.
ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS FOR THE SIDEWALK REPAIR PROGRAM
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
6.0_Other Environmental Considerations
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
Notice of Availability of Draft EIR
PUBLIC MEETINGS HELD DURING THE EXTENDED DRAFT EIR PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (DECEMBER 26, 2019 to MAY 31, 2020):
January 29, 2020 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sunland – Tujunga Branch Library
7771 W Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042
January 30, 2020 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Watts Senior Citizen Center
1657 E Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90002
February 5, 2020 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lafayette Multipurpose Community Center
625 S La Fayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057
February 6, 2020 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Reseda Recreation Center
18411 W Victory Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335
February 12, 2020 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Westchester Senior Citizen Center
8740 S Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
February 13, 2020 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Normandale Recreation Center
22400 S Halldale Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
February 15, 2020 at 10:00am - 12:00pm
Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library
803 S Spence St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
For more information regarding the Environmental Impact Report, please contact:
Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I
Department of Public Works
Bureau of Engineering, EMG
1149 S Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Or email at Shilpa.Gupta@lacity.org
If you are a member of the media, please contact Mary Nemick, Director of Communications, Bureau of Engineering at Mary.Nemick@lacity.org.
The Bureau of Engineering's Environmental Management Group (EMG) is responsible for the environmental review of Engineering's projects in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EMG also provides coordination with federal agencies for environmental review of projects that are subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and processes applications for coastal development permits for activities under the jurisdiction of the City Engineer.