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Los Angeles Eldercare Facility Unified Permit

Updated: Feb 2


The eldercare facility unified permit allows the Zoning Administrator, as the initial decision maker, may, upon application, permit an Eldercare Facility to be located on a lot or lots in the A1 through R3 Zones, or in the RAS3, R4, RAS4, R5, and all C Zones, when an Eldercare Facility does not meet the use, area, or height provisions of the respective zone.


The Los Angeles Municipal Code outlines the eldercare facility unified permit development standards here:

https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/los_angeles/latest/lamc/0-0-0-120865


In order to qualify for an eldercare permit, a project must minimally meet these six criteria:


1. the strict application of the land use regulations on the subject property would result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships inconsistent with the general purpose and intent of the zoning regulations;


2. that the project's location, size, height, operations and other significant features shall be compatible with and shall not adversely affect or further degrade adjacent properties, the surrounding neighborhood, or the public health, welfare, and safety;


3. that the project shall provide services to the elderly such as housing, medical services, social services, or long-term care to meet citywide demand;

4. that the project shall not create an adverse impact on street access or circulation in the surrounding neighborhood;


5. that the project provides for an arrangement of uses, buildings, structures, open spaces and other improvements that are compatible with the scale and character of the adjacent properties and surrounding neighborhood; and


6. that the project is in substantial conformance with the purposes, intent and provisions of the General Plan, applicable community plan, and with any applicable specific plan.


Although the development standards are stated in the municipal code, there is no set of criteria that can be strictly and repeatedly applied as it requires a set of subjective findings to be met in order to be approved. What is helpful is to study current and previous cases with the use of the permit to try and better understand it's limits and viability as a tool. The study of project locations, applications, findings, site plans, CEQA studies, and the implementation of the eldercare facility unified permit can help facilitate a better understanding of what makes care based senior housing projects feasible in the Los Angeles area.


The goal is to make this blog post a working tool for those interested in better understanding the use, implementation, and application of the Los Angeles Eldercare Facility Unified Permit. See below for twenty five cases that have implemented the use of the permit.


All information provided is obtained from publicly available sources and nothing proprietary is included. If any project sponsors have concerns regarding the information being shared, please contact me directly at dustin@dlsmithco.com


Ararat Home Mission Hills - 101 Independent Living units, 159 Memory Care units, 78 Assisted Living units, and 96 Skilled Nursing Units


See below for links to the 2021 Case Information, 2021 Planning Application, and Preliminary Project Plans.


Case Information & Documents - Los Angel
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Download • 227KB

Application
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.57MB

Project Plans
.pdf
Download PDF • 46.26MB

Roxbury - 48 Independent Living units and 9 Assisted Living units


See below for links to the 2018 Case Information, 2018 Planning Application, Findings, Letter of Determination, 2018 Conceptual Plans, Renderings, Appeal, 2019 Case Information, 2019 Application, 2019 Conceptual Plans, and Neighborhood Council Report.


Case Information & Documents_R(2018)
.pdf
Download PDF • 156KB

Application_R(2018)
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.89MB

Findings_R
.pdf
Download PDF • 156KB

Letter of Determination_R
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.61MB

Site Plan_R(2018)
.pdf
Download PDF • 33.07MB

Renderings_R
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.05MB

Appeal_R
.pdf
Download PDF • 17.09MB

Case Information & Documents_R(2019)
.pdf
Download PDF • 146KB

Application_R(2019)
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.15MB

Site Plan_R(2019)
.pdf
Download PDF • 25.89MB

Neighborhood Land Use_R
.pdf
Download PDF • 187KB

Sherbourne Senior Housing - 48 Assisted Living units and 8 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Case Information, Neighborhood Council Guidelines, Neighborhood Council Board Motion, and Conceptual Plans.

Case Information & Documents_Pico
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Download PDF • 54KB

Neighborhood Council_Pico
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Download PDF • 62KB

Neighborhood Council Board Motion_Pico
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Download P • 712KB

Site Plan_Pico
.pdf
Download PDF • 7.28MB

Warner Center Life Plan Community - 566 Independent Living units and 129 Assisted Living/Memory Care units.


See below for links to the Case Information, Application, Findings, Neighborhood Council Review, and Conceptual Plans.


Case Information & Documents_WC
.pdf
Download PDF • 162KB

Application_WC
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.10MB

Findings_WC
.pdf
Download PDF • 831KB

Neighborhood Committee_WC
.pdf
Download PDF • 78KB

Site Plan_WC
.pdf
Download PDF • 26.76MB

WC Plum_WC
.pdf
Download PDF • 562KB

Los Angeles Jewish Home (Reseda) - Phased expansion of existing senior living community


See below for links to the Case Information, Application, 2013 Letter of Determination, Correction Letters, Extension Letter, 2018 Letter of Determination, Modification Letter, and Conceptual Plans.


Case Information & Documents_FVW
.pdf
Download PDF • 294KB

Application_FVW
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.85MB

2013 Letter of Determination_FVW
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.49MB

Correction Letters_FVW
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.64MB

Extension Letter_FVW
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Download PDF • 62KB

2018 Letter of Determination_FVW
.pdf
Download PDF • 467KB

Modification Letter_FVW
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.04MB

Site Plan_FVW
.pdf
Download PDF • 18.98MB

Holt Ave AL/MC - 62 Assisted Living units and 18 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Case Information, Planning Application, Conceptual Plans, Landscape Plan, and Findings.


Case Information & Documents_Holt
.pdf
Download PDF • 108KB

Application_Holt
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.56MB

Site Plan_Holt
.pdf
Download PDF • 6.71MB

Landscape_Holt
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.75MB

Findings_Holt
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.17MB

Eagle Rock AL MC - 87 Assisted Living units and 28 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Case Information, Planning Application, Conceptual Plans, Landscape Plan, and Findings.


Eagle Rock_Case Information & Documents_
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Download • 161KB

Application_ER
.pdf
Download PDF • 914KB

Site Plan_ER
.pdf
Download PDF • 8.47MB

Landscape_ER
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.05MB

Findings_ER
.pdf
Download PDF • 135KB

ParkPointe Encino - 66 Assisted Living units and 24 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Case Information, Community Presentation, Planning Application, Conceptual Plans, and Findings.


Case Information & Documents_Enc
.pdf
Download PDF • 167KB

Presentation_Enc
.pdf
Download PDF • 733KB

Application_Enc
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.17MB

Site Plan_Enc
.pdf
Download PDF • 18.50MB

Findings_Enc
.pdf
Download PDF • 893KB

The Bellwood - 71 Independent Living units, 75 Assisted Living units, and 46 Memory Care units.


See below for links to the Case Information, Planning Application, Findings, Initial Study, and Conceptual Plans.


Case Information & Documents_Bellwood
.pd
Download PD • 164KB

Application_Bellwood
.pdf
Download PDF • 378KB

Findings_Bellwood
.pdf
Download PDF • 491KB

Initial Study_Bellwood
.pdf
Download PDF • 16.99MB

Site Plan_Bellwood
.pdf
Download PDF • 16.60MB

Belmont Village Senior Living Westwood II - 53 Independent Living units, 77 Assisted Living units, and 46 Memory Care units.



See below for links to the Case Application, Planning Application, Findings, and Conceptual Plans.


Case Information & Documents_BVWWII
.pdf
Download PDF • 46KB

Application_BVWWII
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.18MB

Findings_BVWWII
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.37MB

Entitlement Plans_BVWWII
.pdf
Download PDF • 89.90MB

Encino Senior Living - 107 Assisted Living units and 16 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Case Information, Community Presentation, Planning Application, Findings, Conceptual Plans, and Determination Letter.


Case Information & Documents_Encino SL
.p
Download P • 54KB

Presentation_Encino SL
.pdf
Download PDF • 57.38MB

Application_Encino SL
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Download PDF • 5.18MB

Findings_Encino SL
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.54MB

Site Plan_Encino SL
.pdf
Download PDF • 17.99MB

Determination Letter_Encino SL
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Download PDF • 914KB

Mar Vista - 65 Assisted Living units and 20 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Case Information, Planning Application, Findings, Community Presentation, Conceptual Plans, Initial Letter of Determination, Appeal, CEQA Notice of Exemption, and Final Determination.


Case Information & Documents_Mar Vista
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Download P • 55KB

Findings (excerpt)_Mar Vista
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Download PDF • 3.64MB

Application_Mar Vista
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.32MB

Presentation_Mar Vista
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.22MB

Site Plan_Mar Vista
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.06MB

Initial Letter of Determination_Mar Vist
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Download • 25.79MB

Appeal_Mar Vista
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.03MB

Notice of Exemption_Mar Vista
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Download PDF • 42KB

Final Letter of Determination_Mar Vista
Download • 1.11MB

The Watermark at Westwood Village - 226 Eldercare units


See below for links to the Case Information, Letter of Determination, Withdrawal Letter, Landscape Plan, and Renderings.


Case Information & Documents_WW
.pdf
Download PDF • 197KB

2015 Determination Letter_WW
.pdf
Download PDF • 232KB

Letter of Determination_WW
.pdf
Download PDF • 910KB

Withdrawl_WW
.pdf
Download PDF • 52KB

Landscape Plan_WW
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.05MB

Renderings_WW
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.12MB

Welbrook Woodland Hills - 50 Assisted Living units


See below for links to the Case Information, Letters of Determination, Appeal, News Articles, Legal Proceedings, and Conceptual Site Plan.


Case Information & Documents_Wellbrook
.p
Download P • 209KB

Determination_5.2.12
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.92MB

Appeal_7.23.12
.pdf
Download PDF • 4.60MB

Determination_1.11.17
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.24MB

Determination_4.5.17
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.33MB

News Articles_WWH
.pdf
Download PDF • 257KB

Legal_WWH
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.12MB

Site Plan_WWH
.pdf
Download PDF • 41.30MB

Geneva Street - 132 Eldercare units


See below for links to the Case Information, Letter of Determination, and Conceptual Site Plan.


Case Information & Documents_Geneva
.pdf
Download PDF • 98KB

Letter of Determination_Geneva
.pdf
Download PDF • 319KB

Site Plan_Geneva
.pdf
Download PDF • 28.15MB

Palisades Drive RCFE - 82 Eldercare units


See below for links to the Case Information, Application, Findings, Letter of Determination, Appeal Determination, and Conceptual Plans.


Case Information & Documents_Palisades
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Download P • 215KB

Application_Palisades
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.28MB

Findings_Palisades
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.15MB

Letter of Determination_Palisades
.pdf
Download PDF • 18.90MB

Appeal Decision Report_Palisades
.pdf
Download PDF • 825KB

Site Plan_Palisades
.pdf
Download PDF • 644KB

Urban Commons Gramercy - 146 Eldercare units


See below for links to the Case Information, Initial Study, Letter of Determination, and Conceptual Site Plan.


Case Information & Documents_Oly
.pdf
Download PDF • 79KB

Initial Study_Oly
.pdf
Download PDF • 15.36MB

Letter of Determination_Oly
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.12MB

Site Plan_Oly
.PDF
Download PDF • 4.31MB

Sherman Oaks Senior Care - 58 Eldercare units


See below for links to the Case Information, Application, Findings, Letter of Determination, and Conceptual Site Plan.


Case Information & Documents_Burbank
.pdf
Download PDF • 85KB

Application_Burbank
.pdf
Download PDF • 561KB

Findings_Burbank
.pdf
Download PDF • 123KB

Letter of Determination_Burbank
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.52MB

Site Plan_Burbank
.pdf
Download PDF • 6.06MB

Los Angeles Jewish Home (Beverly) - 100 Eldercare units


See below for links to the Case Information, Application, Findings, Letter of Determination, Conditions of Approval, and Conceptual Site Plan.


Case Information & Documents_LA Jewish
.p
Download P • 119KB

Application_LA Jewish
.pdf
Download PDF • 3.57MB

Findings_LA Jewish
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.37MB

Letter of Determination_LA Jewish
.pdf
Download PDF • 19.04MB

Conditions of Approval_LA Jewish
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.31MB

Site Plan_LA Jewish
.pdf
Download PDF • 12.15MB

Marque at Mission Hills - 91 Assisted Living units and 28 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Case Information, Environmental Clearance, Letter of Determination, and Conceptual Site Plan.


Case Information & Documents_Mission
.pdf
Download PDF • 132KB

Environmental Clearance_Mission
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.98MB

Letter of Determination_Mission
.pdf
Download PDF • 14.85MB

Site Plan_Mission
.pdf
Download PDF • 13.89MB

Van Nuys Assisted Living - 77 Assisted Living units and 23 Memory Care units


See below for links to the Planning Application, Findings, Conceptual Plans, and Determination Letter.


Case Information & Documents_VN
.pdf
Download PDF • 87KB

Application_VN
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.44MB

Findings_VN
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.47MB

Site Plan_VN
.pdf
Download PDF • 21.70MB

Letter of Determination_VN
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.28MB

Wheeler Eldercare - 153 Eldercare units


See below for links to the Case Information, Determination Letter, Neighborhood Council Minutes, and Conceptual Site Plan.


Case Information & Documents_Sylmar
.pdf
Download PDF • 167KB

Letter of Determination_Sylmar
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.04MB

Neighborhood Council_Sylmar
.pdf
Download PDF • 70KB

Site Plan_Sylmar
.pdf
Download PDF • 913KB

Eldercare Projects - Withdrawn or Denied


1) 6616 Reseda Blvd Reseda



Case Information & Documents_Reseda
.pdf
Download PDF • 160KB

Application_Reseda
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.27MB

Findings_Reseda
.pdf
Download PDF • 482KB

Termination Letter_Reseda
.pdf
Download PDF • 538KB

Site Plan_Reseda
.pdf
Download PDF • 16.84MB

2) 6530 Winnetka Woodland Hills


Case Information & Documents_6530
.pdf
Download PDF • 162KB

MND_6530
.pdf
Download PDF • 197KB

Neighborhood Council_6530
.pdf
Download PDF • 378KB

News_6530
.pdf
Download PDF • 345KB

Withdrawl Letter_6530
.pdf
Download PDF • 455KB

3) 17531 Parthenia Northridge



Case Information & Documents_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 169KB

Application_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 82KB

Letter of Determination_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.10MB

Neighborhood Council_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 52KB

Appeal_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 312KB

Planning Commission_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 86KB

News_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.02MB

Site Plan_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.11MB

Withdrawl_17531
.pdf
Download PDF • 397KB

4) 18731 Calvert Tarzana



Case Information & Documents_18731
.pdf
Download PDF • 173KB

Letter of Determination_18731
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.73MB

Appeal_18731
.pdf
Download PDF • 838KB

Property Owners_Appeal
.pdf
Download PDF • 28KB

Legal_18731
.pdf
Download PDF • 442KB

News_18731
.pdf
Download PDF • 398KB

Site Plan_18731
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.44MB

5) 20460 Sherman Way Winnetka



Case Information & Documents_20460
.pdf
Download PDF • 146KB

Application_20460
.pdf
Download PDF • 4.74MB

Neighborhood Council_20460
.pdf
Download PDF • 409KB

Determination Letter_20460
.pdf
Download PDF • 88KB

Site Plan_20460
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.28MB

6) 23200 Sherman Way Woodland Hills



Case Information & Documents_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 169KB

Letter of Determination_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 5.00MB

Appeal_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.05MB

Legal_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 36KB

Findings_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 64KB

Recommendation Report_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 25.11MB

News_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 239KB

Site Plan_23200
.pdf
Download PDF • 2.80MB

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