Submission & Presentation Guidelines

For applicants & project representatives presenting to the GWNC Land Use Committee

The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee values considering and reinforcing the character and continuity of our neighborhoods and seeks planning and designs responsive to neighborhood uses, patterns and dimensions with each proposed project. Conserving and enhancing the existing context of Greater Wilshire’s diverse neighborhoods is a key responsibility for each applicant.

The Committee requests that each applicant provide the following materials in advance of and at their Committee presentation and include them in their application to the City. Simpler projects may require less information.

  • Digital copy of the application and the associated project drawings, documents and details: please email to and to
  • Printed copies (15, at least two full size, unless fewer are negotiated) of the application and drawings with details to be distributed to the Committee including:
    • Summary of any requested entitlement actions including bonuses, variances, modifications and/or adjustments to City Zoning regulations.
    • Summary of any property restrictions including existing permits, conditional uses and/or allowances, correction notices and/or code enforcement notices, easements, right-of-ways, agreements, covenants, contracts, underground storage tanks or pipelines.
    • Project details.
    • Photographs of the site and adjacent sites and structures and aerial/satellite or Google Earth images. Please include photographs of the entire relevant block faces (both sides) and any additional local buildings used as architectural references.
    • Site plan, including the adjacent sites and buildings, with dimensioned existing and proposed massing, setbacks and open spaces.
    • Dimensioned plans, sections and elevations and relevant details (schematic or development drawings) including materials and material dimensions, elevations of all facades including abutting properties.
  • Documentation of outreach to the affected and adjacent neighbors and neighborhood associations in the project area.
  • Please be prepared to discuss the impact and mitigation of impact on our neighborhoods and our community. The Committee values existing patterns of:
    • Use: Days and hours of operation and special events and types of uses.
    • Sensory impacts: Noise, light (both daylight and artificial lighting)
    • Parking: Both on-site and street parking impacts and restrictions; access and egress, traffic. Parking for commercial uses distinct from resident parking.
    • Pedestrians: The Committee values friendly edges, clear circulation paths, special gathering areas with minimal impediments for resident and non-resident pedestrians.
    • Sustainability: The Committee recommends new buildings employ environmentally responsible choices and put in place an infrastructure that will allow installation of electric charging stations in the future.
    • Dimensional and material context: The Committee values a relationship to the surrounding structures, streets and the neighborhood including but not limited to:
      • Building dimensions:
        • Heights (noting adjacent structures and consequent reductions in sun-lighting)
        • Setbacks (noting current and existing neighborhood setbacks)
        • Open spaces (noting public use spaces and private open spaces)
      • Building organization, location on the lot, scale and form of building elements including:
        • Massing (how the building volumes are organized) and heights in relation to neighboring properties
        • Roofs (including pitch, form) in relation to neighboring properties
        • Vertical and horizontal divisions and expressions that create a sense of rhythm, texture, shade and shadow (cornice, base, articulated stories, and lot, building and driveway widths)
        • Entry (prominence, location, relationship to the rest of the building character and neighborhood)
        • Windows and balconies (size, type, material, depth, relationship to one another and the building as a whole)
      • Building materials and exterior including:
        • Cladding and visible materials
        • Landscaping (including plant materials, irrigation & lighting). The Committee values planting as many trees and as much sustainable landscaping as possible and providing for irrigation as needed.

The Committee asks that you limit your presentation time to 10 minutes in order to allow time for questions from the Committee and comments from the Stakeholders. You will be given time to respond.

We encourage presentation of projects relevant to our Neighborhood that may not fall within our Council boundaries.

Failure to appear before the Committee when invited and scheduled may result in an automatic recommendation to the Board of the GWNC to oppose your project with a letter filed with the City Planning Department and/or other relevant City departments.

10 July 2018

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