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The purpose of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay Zone Project is to amend the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan (“Specific Plan”) to:

  • Address the fact that under the existing Specific Plan there is no density limit in the San Fernando Downtown Area.

Possible Scenario: Property owner of an acre of land or a 43,560 square foot lot in the downtown can currently build 3.5 times the size of the lot. This type of build out would provide the owner with over 150,000 square feet of commercial and/or residential space on that property. Therefore, the owner could potentially build a mixed-use project with a ground floor commercial space of 30,000-40,000 square feet and three floors above of over 108,000 square feet of residential area. Assuming the build out of one bedroom or loft apartments at 650 to 700 square feet, this could result in more than 150 units on the site. In addition, the owner is entitled to request up to a 35 percent increase in density or 53 more dwelling units under existing State density bonus law.

  • Allow housing in areas of the Specific Plan that are a ½ mile distance of public transit including the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station, subject to a Conditional Use Permit.
  • Enable the creation of a walkable, mixed-use, multi-modal environment that accommodates housing and offices within walking distance of both the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station and Downtown San Fernando.
  • Stay true to the Specific Plan’s goals of transforming the Planning Area’s streets into attractive, livable, and economically vital places that provide a more comfortable environment for pedestrians, that better represent the quality and character of San Fernando, and that convey the sense of uniqueness, pride, and community spirit that differentiates San Fernando from other nearby communities.
  • Expand the boundary of the Specific Plan to the parcels north of the Corridors Specific Plan Area, up to Second Street and west of Maclay Avenue.
  • Accommodate the new transit initiatives proposed by the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project in a way that does not compromise pedestrian comfort or negatively impact adjacent businesses.
  • Adjust Specific Plan sub-district boundaries so that certain buildings that are currently legal non-conforming uses fall within a new sub-district that allows the use by right.
  • Update the Specific Plan to put the City of San Fernando in a better position to compete for new funding sources, such as grants for transit-oriented, public realm improvements.
  • Create a predictable regulatory environment that encourages property owners and developers to invest in new residential, office, and commercial buildings that are consistent with the community’s vision for San Fernando.

In addition to the Specific Plan update, an EIR will be developed to assess any environmental impacts resulting from the proposed zoning update and amendments to the City General Plan. The EIR will also evaluate amongst other things, the demand of new development on the city’s infrastructure and emergency services and evaluate any potential impacts to the environment. 

Included as part of this analysis, is the evaluation of potential housing units that could be built over the 15-year planning period of the Specific Plan, which for the purpose of the environmental assessment has been projected at 759 new residential units. the projected 759 dwelling units includes 101 dwelling units previously approved by the City in the R-3 (Multiple Family) Zone in 2012 that will be incorporated into the Specific Plan Area and the proposed, but yet to be built, 101 affordable housing units that are part of the JC Penney’s Building Mixed Use Project approved by the City in 2014 within the downtown area. By comparison, over the first 11 years of the existing Specific Plan (from 2005 through 2016), 55 market-rate units (including 37 condominiums and 18 rental units) and 23 affordable housing units have been built within the current Specific Plan area.

It is anticipated that the EIR will be available for public review during the first quarter of 2017 and the actual amendments to the Specific Plan with EIR will be considered by the City Planning and Preservation Commission and subsequently the City Council in the second quarter of 2017.

Special Note: On May 6, 2013, the City Council accepted a Metro TOD Planning Grant Award of $282,392 to prepare the City of San Fernando TOD Overlay Zone Project, inclusive of the a zone code and general plan amendment  and associated environmental impact report (“EIR”).

CONTACT US

CITY HALL | Community Development Department

117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227

Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday* 8 am to 5 pm

* Note: City Hall is closed every other Friday due to a 9/80 work schedule.

MEETING DOCUMENTS/ AUDIO/ VIDEO
DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DAC) KICK-OFF MEETING
Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 6 pm to 8 pm
San Fernando City Hall
Community Room (behind City Hall Council Chambers)
117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
AGENDA
DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DAC) SPECIAL MEETING
Wednesday, November 12, 2014; 6 pm 
San Fernando City Hall
Community Room
117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
AGENDA

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #1
Wednesday, November 19, 2014; 6 pm to 7:30 pm
San Fernando Regional Pool Facility
Banquet Hall
208 Park Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
FLIER: ENGLISH | SPANISH

PRESENTATION

DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DAC) MEETING
Wednesday, January 14, 2015; 6 pm
San Fernando City Hall
Community Room (behind City Hall Council Chambers)117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
AGENDA
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2
Wednesday, January 21, 2015; 6 pm to 7:30 pm
San Fernando Regional Pool Facility
Banquet Hall
208 Park Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
FLIER: ENGLISH | SPANISH

DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DAC) MEETING
Wednesday, June 17, 2015; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
San Fernando Regional Pool Facility
Banquet Room
300 Park Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
FLIER: ENGLISH | SPANISH 

PRESENTATION


 
TOD PLANNING AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
Tuesday, August 4, 2015; 6:30 pm
San Fernando City Hall
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
FLIER: ENGLISH| SPANISH

PRESENTATION

TOD PLANNING AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
Tuesday, October 6, 2015; 6:30 pm
San Fernando City Hall
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340(818) 898-1227
PRESENTATION

SPECIFIC PLAN UPDATE EIR – SCOPING MEETING
Thursday, January 7, 2016; 6 pm to 7:30 pm
San Fernando City Hall
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227
NOTICE: ENGLISH | SPANISH

NOTICE OF PREPARATION SPECIFIC PLAN UPDATE EIR

PRESENTATION

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Vacant Community Development Director (818) 898-7316 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org
Michelle DeSantiago Community Development Secretary (818) 898-1227 MDesantiago@sfcity.org

BUILDING & PLANNING DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Francisco Villalva Building & Safety Supervisor (818) 898-1231 FVillalva@sfcity.org

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Rosa Guzman Community Preservation Officer (818) 898-1230 RGuzman@sfcity.org
Roberto Alvarez Community Preservation Officer (818) 898-1228 RAlvarez@sfcity.org
Fernando Miranda Community Preservation Officer (p-t) (818) 898-1229 FMiranda@sfcity.org
Jose Luis Raygoza Community Preservation Officer (p-t) (818) 898-1229 JRaygoza@sfcity.org
Vacant Graffiti Abatement - City Maintenance Helper (p-t) (818) 898-7315 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org

PLANNING DIVISION

NAME TITLE PHONE EMAIL
Humberto Quintana Associate Planner  (818) 837-1540 HQuintana@sfcity.org

CITY EMPLOYEE DIRECTORY

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