Los Angeles' Mobility Plan 2035 Slapped with Lawsuit
- "Lead to increased tailpipe emissions as drivers confront fewer car lanes and greater traffic congestion.
- "Threaten emergency responders struggling to make their way through traffic."
- Increase congestion for the public, the vast majority of whom will continue to drive their own vehicles and be delayed by the the increased congestion caused by the plan.
- "Nearly 36% of major street segments would be heavily congested in 2035, up from 18% currently, the report said.
- "The same analysis found that if the mobility plan were not approved, the number would reach only 22% in 2035."
Fix The City and other groups that have opposed city land use decisions that increased density have won several cases lately, according to Zahniser:
- "In 2013, they were part of a coalition that succeeded in striking down the Hollywood Community Plan, which sought to allow taller, denser residential towers near transit stops. New environmental documents are being prepared on that plan.
- "In April, a judge overturned the city's approval of the Millennium Project, a pair of skyscrapers planned in Hollywood, saying traffic circulation had not been properly examined.
- "And on Wednesday, a three-judge panel upheld a decision invalidating permits for the 299-unit Sunset and Gordon apartment tower, also in Hollywood."
Fix the City's lawsuit amounts to a "battle for the future of Los Angeles," writes Dennis Romero of L.A. Weekly. "One month ago the L.A. City Council voted to adopt a visionary plan that would guide the transformation of the city from a car-crazed metropolis to one much more dependent on bikes, trains, buses and your feet."
The plan is the new blueprint for L.A.'s so-called Third Wave of growth in which the city is repopulating its core and focusing on more vertical, dense, public transportation–friendly housing and retail
Romero adds that the group "seeks to halt implementation of the plan until it's made consistent with the General Plan and its requirements for public feedback."