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Los Angeles Eldercare Facility Unified Permit

Updated: May 25


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


Reseda & Chatsworth - 87 Assisted Living Unit and 27 Memory Care Units


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


Case Information & Documents - Los Angel
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Download • 226KB

Application
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Download PDF • 1.12MB

Findings
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Download PDF • 849KB

Site Plan
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Download PDF • 20.62MB

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
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Download PDF • 3.57MB

Project Plans
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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)
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Download PDF • 156KB

Application_R(2018)
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Download PDF • 1.89MB

Findings_R
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Download PDF • 156KB

Letter of Determination_R
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Download PDF • 1.61MB

Site Plan_R(2018)
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Download PDF • 33.07MB

Renderings_R
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Download PDF • 2.05MB

Appeal_R
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Download PDF • 17.09MB

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

Application_R(2019)
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Download PDF • 2.15MB

Site Plan_R(2019)
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Download PDF • 25.89MB

Neighborhood Land Use_R
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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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Site Plan_Pico
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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
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Download PDF • 162KB

Application_WC
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Download PDF • 2.10MB

Findings_WC
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Download PDF • 831KB

Neighborhood Committee_WC
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Download PDF • 78KB

Site Plan_WC
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Download PDF • 26.76MB

WC Plum_WC
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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
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Download PDF • 294KB

Application_FVW
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Download PDF • 2.85MB

2013 Letter of Determination_FVW
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Download PDF • 3.49MB

Correction Letters_FVW
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Download PDF • 2.64MB

Extension Letter_FVW
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Download PDF • 62KB

2018 Letter of Determination_FVW
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Download PDF • 467KB

Modification Letter_FVW
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Download PDF • 2.04MB

Site Plan_FVW
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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
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Download PDF • 108KB

Application_Holt
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Download PDF • 2.56MB

Site Plan_Holt
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Download PDF • 6.71MB

Landscape_Holt
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Download PDF • 3.75MB

Findings_Holt
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Download PDF • 3.17MB

Letter of Determination
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Download PDF • 305KB

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
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Download PDF • 914KB

Site Plan_ER
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Download PDF • 8.47MB

Landscape_ER
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Download PDF • 3.05MB

Findings_ER
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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
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Download PDF • 167KB

Presentation_Enc
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Download PDF • 733KB

Application_Enc
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Download PDF • 1.17MB

Site Plan_Enc
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Download PDF • 18.50MB

Findings_Enc
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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
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Download PD • 164KB

Application_Bellwood
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Download PDF • 378KB

Findings_Bellwood
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Download PDF • 491KB

Initial Study_Bellwood
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Download PDF • 16.99MB

Site Plan_Bellwood
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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
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Download PDF • 46KB

Application_BVWWII
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Download PDF • 2.18MB

Findings_BVWWII
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Download PDF • 2.37MB

Entitlement Plans_BVWWII
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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
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Download P • 54KB

Presentation_Encino SL
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Download PDF • 57.38MB

Application_Encino SL
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Download PDF • 5.18MB

Findings_Encino SL
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Download PDF • 2.54MB

Site Plan_Encino SL
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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
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Download PDF • 1.32MB

Presentation_Mar Vista
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Download PDF • 2.22MB

Site Plan_Mar Vista
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Download PDF • 1.06MB

Initial Letter of Determination_Mar Vist
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Download • 25.79MB

Appeal_Mar Vista
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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
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Download PDF • 197KB

2015 Determination Letter_WW
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Download PDF • 232KB

Letter of Determination_WW
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Download PDF • 910KB

Withdrawl_WW
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Download PDF • 52KB

Landscape Plan_WW
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Download PDF • 2.05MB

Renderings_WW
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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
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Download P • 209KB

Determination_5.2.12
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Download PDF • 1.92MB

Appeal_7.23.12
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Download PDF • 4.60MB

Determination_1.11.17
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Download PDF • 1.24MB

Determination_4.5.17
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Download PDF • 1.33MB

News Articles_WWH
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Download PDF • 257KB

Legal_WWH
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Download PDF • 1.12MB

Site Plan_WWH
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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
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Download PDF • 98KB