When the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed Public Works to work with other County Departments including Health Services, Public Health, Parks and Recreation, Regional Planning, and others to update the LA River Master Plan for the first time in over 20 years, they asked Public Works to focus on a variety of issues ranging from public health, social and environmental inequities, and creating more public open space to address the needs of the wide array of communities along the 51 miles of the Los Angeles River.
This kicked off a process that has taken us several years, involving dozens of community meetings, thousands of community members, and a diverse Steering Committee to help ensure that we were reflecting the diverse interests along the river.
Importantly, the LA River Master Plan is not meant to supplant or replace any of the existing master plans that have been developed in various jurisdictions along the river, and is not meant to be the final say regarding how we continue to reimagine this critical public resource. Rather, this plan builds on these efforts, incorporating the latest data and innovative approaches to the river, providing a roadmap to help align the communities along the river on the core goals and design framework. A coordinated alignment will lead to more funding possibilities at the state and federal levels and increase opportunities to take advantage of stimulus and infrastructure dollars as they become available.
In the midst of current events that include the health pandemic, social justice uprisings, and wildfires worsened by climate change, it is clear the LA River is a critically important, often overlooked, public resource in the County. We want the plan to be comprehensive, thoughtful, and representative of the various community voices as we lay the groundwork for the next 25 years of investment in the river. These investments are not only an engine of economic recovery in the region, they are essential to addressing the disparity within our communities and improving the quality of life and ecosystem health for current and future generations of Angelenos.
We have a vision for the LA River to become 51 miles of connected public open space that provides a landmark opportunity to improve ecosystem health and address social and environmental concerns in some of the County’s most disadvantaged, overburdened communities. Implementation will enhance the river and create jobs while mitigating future disasters and fostering community resilience. These goals have perhaps never been more important, and the LA River can help us achieve them.
Specifically, Los Angeles County's LA River Master Plan proposes the following:
- Over 200 potential project sites that will create local jobs.
- Thousands of acres of publicly accessible open space that will help address public health issues especially in the most disadvantaged communities.
- Innovative multi-benefit projects that assist in mitigating future disasters, such as flooding, drought, and extreme heat events, while enhancing ecosystem function.
- Actionable objectives for affordable housing and homelessness, a key initiative to address displacement in areas vulnerable to gentrification.
- A framework for future community engagement to influence projects built under the plan.
The draft LA River Master Plan will be available for a 60-day public comment review period starting November xx, 2020. The document, appendices, and an informational are available on this website. At the bottom of this page, there are links to places for you to review the documents and leave comments or questions.
We know that updating the Master Plan for all 51 miles of the LA River is a huge undertaking, and we’re grateful for you and all the people who have brought their dedication, innovation, and creativity to help guide this effort. We also know that there is always more to learn. So please share a link to this site to get the word out.
And help us set the direction for the next 25 years of the LA River.