willowbrook walking path
willowbrook walking path
Martin Luther King Jr. Fitness Garden
Crescenta Valley dog park site
Peck Park schematic

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 

The Planning and Development (P&D) Agency plays an important role in ensuring that County parks and trails are well planned, designed, constructed, and preserved; socially and culturally relevant; appropriately and equitably located in all neighborhoods; physically accessible; and safe and secure.  Headed by Deputy Director Norma E. Garcia, the Agency consists of the Planning and Development Divisions which are staffed with planners, landscape architects, architects, and other professionals.  

P&D works to ensure that the wide range of benefits parks, recreational facilities, open spaces, and trails offer to both people and the natural environment are maximized.  County parks provide individuals with formal and informal gathering places to be physically active, socialize, build community, relax, and connect with the natural world.  They also make urban areas more inviting for living, working and playing.  In addition, they provide environmental benefits, such as erosion control, stormwater management, buffering between built and natural environments, and wildlife habitat. 

P&D helps to increase access to parks and trails by planning with communities and partnering with other public, private, and nonprofit organizations to offer additional recreational opportunities.  Studies have shown that inability to access recreational facilities is associated with fewer opportunities for physical activity, thus increasing risk for chronic diseases, poor health conditions, and obesity within communities.  Apart from addressing community health needs, P&D staff ensure that parks and trails are appropriately planned, designed, and developed to meet the diverse social and cultural needs of the communities in which they are located.   
 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

The Development Division is headed by Division Chief Jim Smith, and is comprised of three sections: Facilities Planning; Water and Conservation Planning; and Landscape Architecture and Design. 

The Facilities Planning Section is responsible for:

  • Facility Programs Preparation
  • Project Quality Control
  • Plan Review Support
  • Feasibility Study Support
  • Design Consultant Tracking
  • Update of Department Facilities Information

The Water and Conservation Planning Section is responsible for:

  • Coordination of Water Quality Planning
  • Multi-Benefit Storm Water Project Development
  • Lake Planning and Management
  • Recycled/Reclaimed Water Planning
  • Water Conservation and Alternative Energy Planning

The Landscape Architecture and Design Section is responsible for:

  • Project Scope and Concept Development
  • Construction Plan and Design Plan Review
  • Project Design
  • Sustainable and LEED Design
  • Park Design Guidelines and Standards Preparation

PLANNING DIVISION

The Planning Division is managed by Division Chief Kathline King and addresses countywide parks and trails planning, environmental stewardship and park land management through three sections: 1) Land Management & Compliance, 2) Planning & CEQA and 3) Trails Planning. 

Planning & CEQA Section Oversees:

  • Community park planning
  • Community outreach and environmental review for new park concept plans
  • County park classifications for regional facilities and unincorporated communities’ local parks
  • Implementation strategies for Parks and Recreation Element of the County General Plan
  • CEQA Initial Studies and environmental documentation for County Park and Open Space Projects
  • Formulation of Developer Park Obligations, Park Conditions of Approval and Park Development Agreements
  • Quimby Ordinance Administration
  • CEQA review of potential impacts on County Park and Trails Facilities

Land Management & Compliance Oversees:

  • Environmental Compliance and Regulatory Permitting for County Park and Trails Facilities
  • Mitigation Monitoring Plans and Mitigation Measures  for County Park Projects
  • Environmental Watchlist
  • Park Historical Assets and Cultural Resources
  • County Sanctuary Studies
  • New Park Land, Open Space and Easements Acquisition
  • Joint Use Agreements and Right-of-Entry Permits
  • Land Analysis and Real Estate Coordination
  • Park Land Ownership Records, Deeds and Real Property Restrictions
  • Urban Forestry

Trails Planning Section Oversees:

  • Multi-Use Trails Master Planning and Trail Alignments Studies
  • Ongoing maintenance and development of Trails Website: trails.lacounty.gov
  • Maintenance of the County Trails Plan (element of the General Plan)
  • Trails Obligations and Trails Conditions for Land Development Applications
  • Trails Assessments, GPS Mapping and Maintenance of County Multi-Use Trails Geodatabase
  • Development of Multi-Use Trails Improvements Conceptual Plans
  • Inter-jurisdictional Trails Partnerships (Park to Playa, Emerald Necklace, County Bicycle Master Plan, Crest to Coast, Rim of the Valley)
  • County Standards and Guidelines for Trails Facilities, Access and Signage
  • County Trails Manual Updates
  • Inter-jurisdictional MOUs for trail closures and re-routes
  • Acquire and Manage Trail Easements and MOUs with conservancies and private property owners
  • Trails User Group Interface on Trails Planning, Construction and Management Issues
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Guidelines and OHV Park Planning