The Warner Center 2035 Plan (WC 2035 Plan) is a development blueprint for Warner Center that emphasizes mixed-use and transit-oriented development, walkability, and sustainability.
The WC 2035 Plan is generally bounded by the Los Angeles River to the north, the Ventura Freeway to the south, De Soto Avenue to the east, and the west side of Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the west and comprised of approximately 1,100 acres or 1.7 square miles.
The WC 2035 Plan considers development fundamental to supporting regional transportation investments such as the Orange Line and, as a result, creating a vibrant Transit Oriented District (TOD) based upon sustainability, community connectedness, accessible public transit, and promotion of innovative businesses, job diversity, and a safe and friendly pedestrian environment.
In simple terms, the WC 2035 Plan provides a comprehensive and clear process that will permit development to occur in order to facilitate the creation of a Regional Center where people can live, work, and play. At its core, the WC 2035 Plan will create the necessary framework for balanced and appropriate development.
Key Elements of the WC 2035 Plan
The key elements of the Plan include:
- A growth strategy that encourages and incentivizes infill development and redevelopment of existing properties.
- Promotes structural development to reinforce a pattern of Districts with centers of greater residential density and commercial/industrial activity connected by public transit.
- Provision of green building standards including diminished energy utilization, collection and infiltration of stormwater, and reduction in the use of unhealthy chemicals; and
- A key design characteristic of the WC2035 Plan is to provide ground floor retail, flexible community space, and other pedestrian-oriented uses to face the street, with a focus on cultivating active, complete streets.
- Creation of a place where people can live, work and play and where day-to-day needs can be met locally by walking, bicycling or other “small slow vehicles”, and local transit;
- Establish connectivity networks, including new streets, pedestrian adapted pathways, activity nodes and active streets, within and between the established Districts.
- Create a network of publicly accessible open spaces to encourage public gathering and pedestrian activity.
- Establishment of an urban forest which will flourish in large parkways, medians, and publicly accessible open spaces in order to contribute to aesthetics, the absorption of green house gases (aka GHGs), and provide shade.
- Continuation of the industrial tradition in the area by establishing green and clean professional, scientific, and technical businesses, including engineering, environmental consulting, or research and development companies.