Los Angeles Business Journal

L.A. City Council OKs Warner Center Plan

By Business Journal Staff Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval on Wednesday for the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan.

The plan, which was unanimously approved, will pave the way for more large-scale development in what is becoming one of the busiest areas of the San Fernando Valley.

“The Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan is a transformative vision for the future of Warner Center and the entire West San Fernando Valley,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, in a prepared statement.

Blumenfield said the plan will help stimulate job growth and economic development by using a transit-oriented development approach to support the regional transportation investment of the existing Metro Orange Line.

The approval comes amid a deluge of development on the horizon for Warner Center, which measures about one-and-a-half square miles.

Westfield Group of Australia is planning its $500 million mixed-use development connecting the Westfield Topanga and Westfield Promenade malls. United Technologies Corp. plans to turn the 47-year-old Rocketdyne site into a development with a hotel, residences, offices and retail. And this summer, Farmer’s Insurance announced that they would move their headquarters to Warner Center.

“This new plan reinvents a Warner Center that was conceived in the 1970s as a collection of monolithic structures and expansive parking lots into a modern, pedestrian and transit-focused community,” Blumenfield said.