Hahn, Solis Direct County to Sensibly Develop Areas around Future Metro Stations

Los Angeles, CA— Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass a motion by 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,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “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 ten new rail stations in or within a half mile of unincorporated LA County that Metro is currently considering under Measure M. These ten potential stations fall in East Los Angeles, West Whittier/Los Nietos, South San Gabriel, Whittier Narrows, Pellssier Village, and West LA.

“With my district having the most rail stations within a half mile of an unincorporated community, I know how important it is that our County Departments proactively plan and leverage funding for housing and workforce and economic development, while creating sustainable communities around new transit lines,” said Supervisor Solis. “We must be strategic in leveraging these transit investments to maximize the quality of life for our residents. Ensuring that these transit corridors are dedicated to smart growth development helps us meet our goals of affordable housing, minimizing displacement, reducing traffic, economic development, and safer and more walkable streets.”

Transit oriented development could mean promoting higher density development, 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 share, and the creation of safe, walkable neighborhoods with investments in sidewalk repair, protected crosswalks, and lighting.

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.