Excerpt form The Silver Lake-Echo Park-Elysian Valley CommunityPlan
Objective 1-3
Preserve and enhance the varied and distinct character and integrity of existing single and multiple family neighborhoods.
Policies 1-3.1
Seek a higher degree of architectural compatibility and landscaping for new infill development to protect the character and scale of existing residential neighborhoods.
Program:





Chapter V of this Plan,
Urban Design, includes design guidelines for residential development to help implement this policy.

Prepare a historic resource survey or other necessary studies to establish a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone or other Supplemental Use District, as appropriate, to protect the neighborhood character and period architecture of the area generally bounded by Douglas Street, Elysian Park, the 5 Freeway, the Glendale Freeway, Glendale Boulevard, Berkeley Avenue, Benton Way and Temple Street.


The Plan advocates the preservation of the existing public staircases as community amenities, recreational resources and public rights-of-way that lend to the unique character and history of the Plan area.


The Plan advocates the preservation of stable single and multiple family residential areas. Design guidelines and standards will encourage compatibility in building siting, massing and design.


The Plan recommends that Echo Park Lake and all park facilities be afforded special attention in the context of the above-proposed Supplemental Use District to identify and institute measures that ensure development around the park preserves park facilities and viewsheds of the lake and from the lake to downtown and conserves this defining neighborhood amenity.



GOAL 16 IDENTIFICATION, PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION OF CULTURAL RESOURCES, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND LANDMARKS WHICH HAVE HISTORICAL AND/OR CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE. Objective 16-1 Ensure that the community’s historically significant resources are protected, preserved and/or enhanced. Policies 16-1.1 Assist private owners of existing historic resources and historically or architecturally significant structures to maintain and/or enhance their properties in a manner that will preserve the integrity of such resources in the best possible condition. Program: Adherence to the City’s historic properties preservation ordinances and Cultural Heritage Board requirements for preservation and design and general implementation of the design guidelines contained in Chapter V of this Plan. Program: Utilize City historic properties restoration programs which provide funding for renovating and/or reusing historic structures. Program: Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments within the Plan area are listed in Appendix A. Program: Significant Modern-era homes and structures for which individual cultural/historic monument status may be sought are listed in Appendix B. Program: Work with the Department of Cultural Affairs and community groups to seek historic designation of the Department of Water and Power pumphouse on Fletcher Drive, the former Queen of Angeles hospital building and other significant sites. Program: This Plan inventories and identifies all public staircases (see informational staircase map labeled Exhibit I) in the Plan area and encourages a program for their preservation as public resources and for their regular maintenance. This Plan also encourages the incorporation of staircases in the larger recreational and non-motorized transportation network, as described under Policy 14-2.1. Silver Lake-Echo Park-Elysian Valley Community Plan III-60 Program: Endorse the implementation of the Silver Lake Reservoir Master Plan, recognizing the Silver Lake Reservoir as not only a functional resource but also as a cultural, aesthetic and recreational asset in the community. Program: Prepare a historic resource survey or other necessary studies to establish a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone or other Supplemental Use District, as appropriate, to protect the neighborhood character and period architecture of the area generally bounded by Douglas Street, Elysian Park, the 5 Freeway, the Glendale Freeway, Glendale Boulevard, Berkeley Avenue, Benton Way and Temple Street. Program: Include Echo Park Lake in future neighborhood conservation and preservation efforts with the goal of protecting park facilities and significant viewsheds to and from the lake. Program: Recognize the Plan area’s public murals as a distinctive feature of the area and encourage their preservation.
1-3.2 Preserve existing views in hillside areas. Program: Strictly interpret and implement the adopted Citywide Hillside Ordinance to limit heights of buildings, residential both new construction and additions. Program: Require decision-makers to condition new development adjacent to or in the viewshed of Elysian Park, the Los Angeles River, Echo Park Lake and the Silver Lake Reservoir to protect views from public lands and roadways, when discretionary actions are required. Silver Lake-Echo Park-Elysian Valley Community Plan III-9 Program: Where appropriate, encourage the “cluster concept” as the preferred method of residential development in hillside areas to minimize grading and its associated disturbances on the natural environment. Program: Decision-makers are discouraged from approving variances to the Hillside Ordinance, the Big House Ordinance, code provisions or other governing standards that regulate height, yards, setbacks or other requirements that determine the height, bulk and massing of infill residential development and additions on hillsides. 1-3.3 Consider factors such as neighborhood character and identity, compatibility of land uses, impacts on services and public facilities and impacts on traffic levels when changes in residential densities are proposed. Program: The decision-maker should adopt a finding which addresses these factors as part of any decision relating to changes in planned residential densities. Objective 1-4 Promote and ensure the provision of adequate housing for all persons, including special needs populations, regardless of income, age or ethnic background. Policies 1-4.1 Promote greater individual choice in type, quality, price and location of housing. Program: The Plan promotes greater individual choice through its allocation of lands for a variety of residential densities. 1-4.2 Promote mixed-use housing projects in pedestrian-oriented areas and designated Mixed Use Boulevards, Neighborhood Districts and Community Centers to increase supply and maintain affordability (see Figures 1, 2, and 3). Program: Maintain and continue the implementation of the City’s adopted Land Use/Transportation Policy. Program: Floor area bonuses for mixed-use projects are applied as appropriate (as identified in Policy 2-4.3) to encourage mixeduse in Neighborhood Districts, Community Centers and Mixed Use Boulevards (see Figures 1, 2 and 5). Program: The Plan specifically identifies the following areas in which development of joint live/work buildings and units is particularly encouraged, including commercial areas identified as Mixed Use Boulevards, Community Centers and Neighborhood Silver Lake-Echo Park-Elysian Valley Community Plan III-10 Districts (see Figures 1 and 2): • Sunset Boulevard from the Pasadena Freeway to Fountain Avenue. • Echo Park Avenue south of Morton Street to Sunset Boulevard and north of Morton Street on commercially zoned properties or where deemed appropriate. • The Glendale/Silver Lake Boulevards Neighborhood District. • Glendale Boulevard north of Sunset Boulevard to the Glendale Freeway Terminus (also recommended as a Commercial and Artcraft Overlay District). • The Alvarado Street/Sunset Boulevard Community Center, encompassing Alvarado Street from Temple Street to Montana Street and Sunset Boulevard from Echo Park Avenue to Waterloo Street. • The south side of Rowena Avenue from Glendale Boulevard to Hyperion Avenue. • The industrial land abutting the Los Angeles River (see industrial policy section for more detail). Program: Re-zone Temple Street from Benton Way to Robinson Street to the RAS 3 zone to promote mixed-use development along a major bus route
1-4.3 Ensure that new housing developments minimize displacement of low-income residents. Program: The decision-maker is encouraged to make findings that show how the goals of this Plan are promoted if approving any new housing project that potentially displaces existing residents and conditions approval on the relocation of displaced low-income residents. 1-4.4 Increase home ownership options by providing opportunities for development of townhouses, condominiums and similar types of housing. Program: Encourage a diversity of housing types including condominium units be built in addition to rental units in areas designated for Low Medium Residential land use. Objective 1-5 Preserve and enhance neighborhoods with distinctive and significant historic or architectural character. Policies 1-5.1 Protect and enhance the historic and architectural legacy of the Plan area’s neighborhoods. Program: The Plan Map identifies the Angelino Heights Historic Preservation Overlay Zone which protects a significant Victorianera housing collection and representations of other historically significant architectural styles found throughout the City. Program: The Plan Map and an appendix identify the City’s significant Modernist-era homes, the largest collection of which is located in Silver Lake around the Silver Lake Reservoir. The Plan recommends that status as Historic-Cultural Monuments be sought for these individual structures, as appropriate, to preserve them and that infill development incorporate the style’s significant features, when possible. Program: The plan includes an appendix of the designated Historic-Cultural Monuments located within the Plan area boundaries. Program: Prepare a historic resource survey or other necessary studies to establish a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone or other Supplemental Use District, as appropriate, to protect the neighborhood character and period architecture of the area generally bounded by Douglas Street, Elysian Park, the 5 Freeway, the Glendale Freeway, Glendale Boulevard, Berkeley Avenue, Benton Way and Temple Street. Program: Include Echo Park Lake in future neighborhood Silver Lake-Echo Park-Elysian Valley Community Plan III-13 conservation and preservation efforts with the goal of protecting park facilities and significant viewsheds to and from the lake. Program: Support on-going efforts to study and expand the boundaries of the Angelino Heights HPOZ to include Echo Park Avenue south of Sunset Boulevard. Program: Work with other City departments and community groups to educate area residents about the value of the area’s housing stock and promote home improvement and rehabilitation that preserves existing wood siding, windows and characterdefining features of period (1905-1930s) structures. The Preservation Plan for the Angelino Heights HPOZ will serve as a valuable tool. Program: Design Guidelines and Standards for residential development are included in the Chapter V, Urban Design, of the Community Plan. 1-5.2 Encourage reuse of historic resources in a manner that maintains and enhances the historic character of structures and neighborhoods. Program: Encourage, where appropriate, the re-use of historically significant buildings when the proposed uses are found to be compatible with both the building’s historic character and surrounding uses. Objective 1-6 Limit the density of residential development in hillside areas to that which can reasonably be accommodated by infrastructure and natural topography. Policies 1-6.1 Limit development according to the adequacy of the existing and assured street circulation system within the Plan area and surrounding areas. Program: Continue the implementation of the Citywide Hillside Ordinance. 1-6.2 Ensure the availabilityof adequate sewers, drainage facilities, fire protection services and facilities and other public utilities to support development within hillside areas. Program: Decision-makers should adopt a finding which addresses the availability of these services and utilities as part of any decision relating to hillside residential development. Silver Lake-Echo Park-Elysian Valley Community Plan III-14 Program: Decision-makers should strictly interpret and implement the adopted Citywide Hillside Ordinance and are discouraged from granting variances from its provisions. When granting variances, decision-markers shall make a finding that proposed developments are compatible with existing development in character, mass, siting and architectural style. 1-6.3 Consider the steepness of the topography and suitability of the geology in any proposal for development within the Plan area. Program: The Plan retains hillside areas in restrictive plan designations and zones due to topography. Continue the implementation of the Subdivision Map Act on individual applications. Program: Decision-makers are encouraged to strictly interpret and implement the Hillside Ordinance and other relevant ordinances and regulations and are discouraged from granting variances from these provisions in residential hillside neighborhoods. 1-6.4 Ensure that any proposed development be designed to enhance and be compatible with adjacent development. Program: Continue the strict and uniform application of the Citywide Hillside Ordinance. Program: Decision-makers should make findings of compatibility with adjacent development when discretionary actions are required.