The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass a motion by 4th District Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis instructing County departments to begin planning new development and investments in neighborhoods around planned Metro stations in unincorporated LA County.
“Each new Metro station has the potential to transform a local neighborhood,” Hahn said. “These are going to be the neighborhoods where families want to live, where people want to work, and where businesses want to locate. By making strategic investments now, we can take full advantage of this opportunity and make sure these neighborhoods will be ready when their new Metro station opens.”
The motion instructs the County to pursue transit-oriented development around the locations of the 10 new rail stations in or within a half mile of unincorporated LA County that Metro is currently considering under Measure M.
Transit-oriented development could mean promoting higher-density development and facilitating or making new investments in affordable housing, office space, retail space and public infrastructure. It could also mean investing in so-called “first-mile last-mile” transit solutions like bike lanes, bike sharing and the creation of safe, walkable neighborhoods with investments in sidewalk repair, protected crosswalks and lighting, according to Hahn’s office.
Under Measure M, all jurisdictions within a half-mile radius of a new rail station are responsible for contributing 3 percent of the total project costs. However, Measure M allows investment in active-transportation and “first-mile last-mile” projects around new rail stations that are included in the total project cost to count towards the 3-percent contribution.
According to the terms of the motion, the Office of the CEO will work with the Department of Regional Planning, the Department of Public Works, and the Community Development Commission to develop processes and methods to coordinate and facilitate transit oriented development. The CEO will report back to the Board in 90 days with recommendations for an action plan.
Source: Hahn’s office