The Los Angeles Department of Transportation
plays a key part in reviewing land development proposals as
it relates to transportation impacts. Some requirements are
applied to every development project, while others vary slightly
from proposal to proposal.
Basic Developer Requirements
- Traffic Studies :
- If the proposed project generates more than 42 net
new trips, a traffic study is required.
- Driveway Approvals
- The Los Angeles Department of Transportation
must approve a new project’s driveway that will
serve more than 25 parking spaces, or one that will
provide access to a major or secondary highway.
- LADOT staff work with the developer’s
architects to minimize traffic impacts, using the
Driveway Guidelines policy.
- Highway Dedication, Widening
and Setback Requirements
- Street dedication, widening and setback
requirements vary in different parts of the City. LADOT
encourages developers to check specific requirements
before architects begin to draft plans. Developers need
to know the
designation and the
standard street widths, which are measured from
the street’s centerline.
Transportation Specific Plan Requirements
The City has adopted Transportation
Specific Plans in some areas. In these locations, special
guidelines are mandated for developers of new projects. Developers
are required to pay a traffic impact fee, which is applied
towards the implementation of transportation programs and
projects to address the combined or cumulative impacts of
approved projects in the area.
Requirements for Projects with Significant
Projects found to have significant impacts on localized transportation
systems are often required to mitigate these impacts as conditions
of approval for the project. LADOT’s developer
services page provides examples of conditions of approval.