LMU filed an application with the city of Los Angeles on Aug. 6, 2019 to amend the Specific Plan, commonly referred to as the LMU Master Plan. The proposed amendment would allow LMU to redesignate how square footage on campus can be used. It would not change the total amount the university can build, or any of the other restrictions and requirements in place.
LMU is not seeking to grow beyond our borders, reduce on-campus parking, change height or noise limits, increase enrollment beyond our cap, or create additional traffic.
What is the LMU Master Plan?
The LMU Master Plan is a set of ordinances and agreements approved by the City Council in 2011 that outline requirements and restrictions on how the university can grow over a 20-year timeline. It includes an enrollment cap, limits on square footage for different uses, height and noise restrictions, parking requirements, sustainability goals, and other regulations. Essentially, it’s a blueprint for LMU’s Westchester campus. You can view the Master Plan documents here.
What is the process for making this change?
LMU submitted its application for this amendment to the Department of City Planning on Aug. 6, 2019. The proposal will be reviewed by the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa del Rey, and eventually requires approval by the Los Angeles City Council. The council’s planning committee will likely hear the proposal in early 2020.
Is anything else in the Master Plan going to be adjusted?
No. The university is asking for changes to square-footage allocation only. There will be no change to the enrollment cap, parking requirements, noise limits, or any other regulations currently in effect.
What about parking?
LMU will not lose any parking spaces as a result of this amendment. The university currently exceeds the number of parking spaces required by the city.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fred Puza in LMU’s Community Relations office at 310.338.2759 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.