Over the past thirty years the WCA has created a number of trend setting programs. Following, are a few examples:
- The creation of the Warner Center Transportation Management Organization (TMO). This program was developed in anticipation of government regulation pertaining to alternative means of travel in order to minimize impacts to air quality and traffic congestion. The TMO (now a separate corporate entity) is one of the nation’s most successful multi-employer/site based organizations of its type.
- The WCA initiated a commercial recycling program in anticipation of the enactment of AB939 (statewide mandatory recycling). The program has been recognized by the State of California and the City of Los Angeles for its trend setting nature and extraordinary success.
- The WCA has become the leader in dealing with long-term land-use and transportation planning for Warner Center. It was the WCA that fought for significant revisions to the Warner Center Specific Plan, and the update of the Plan in 2006, resulting in a Specific Plan that places Warner Center in a competitive position with surrounding communities.
Although the items listed above are concrete in nature, it is the less quantifiable aspects of the organization that at times create the greatest benefit. For instance; the WCA was instrumental in resolving the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles challenging approval of the 1993 Warner Center Specific Plan. These efforts, coordinated by the WCA, made it possible for Tishman International to construct its second Tower thereby assuring Farmer Building’s continued presence and ultimate expansion in Warner Center.
In 1994, immediately following the Northridge Earthquake, the Warner Center Association activated its resources and was able to have the water supply restored within three days (originally projected to be 7-10 days) and coordinate alternative parking arrangements for thousands of employees displaced by damage to many of the area’s major parking structures. These are just two examples, of many, that demonstrate the “soft” benefits of having a coordinated and organized business community.
The Warner Center 2035 Plan
More currently, the WCA and its members have been actively engaged during an extensive six-year process of crafting a vision for Warner Center and, working with City Staff and the Warner Center Specific Plan (WCSP) Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), these efforts have resulted in the production of the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan (WC 2035 Plan). The WC 2035 Plan is the product of hundreds of community meetings, which engaged the community in its development and review. The WCA is very proud of the pro-active and positive partnership developed between the WCA, the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council and the City of Los Angeles during the creation of this vision for the future of Warner Center.
Looking towards the future of our city, the WC 2035 Plan identifies and establishes a path forward for this Regional Center to encourage Transit Oriented Development, leveraging the investments that the City and County have made in the Orange Line and other area transit improvements and supporting the co-location of residential development next to Los Angeles’ westernmost major employment center. Additionally, Urban Design Guidelines hasten the development of the Warner Center area into a multi-dimensional community that naturally invites people to live and play in close proximity to their work, thus easing the stress on our transportation system and encouraging a more sustainable mode of living.
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission unanimously approved the Warner Center 2035 Plan on November 29, 2012 and the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) of the Los Angeles City Council also unanimously approved the Plan on October 1, 2013. The Plan was adopted by the full City Council on October 23, 2013 and became effective December 25, 2013. The WC 2035 Plan Sign District was adopted by City Council on July 2, 2014, and became effective on August 20, 2014.