West Adams/Baldwin Hills Residents Win Restrictions on More Fast Food

Los Angeles City Planning Commission today listened to the voices of community residents and recommended eliminating the exemption proposed in the draft West Adams New Community Plan. The draft plan proposed exempting the Council District 10 portion of the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park New Community Plan from the fast food density policy. The policy restricted new standalone fast food restaurants within a ½ mile of an existing fast food restaurant. CD 10 constitutes more than half of the total West Adams plan area and nearly 80% of the plan area’s population, stretching from Vernon Blvd north to Pico, west to Culver City and east to Arlington/Van Ness.

Nearly 200 people attended today’s early morning hearing with the majority there to oppose lifting the restriction on fast food development. A resident asked that the restrictions remain in place for her health and her family’s, citing how her addiction to fast food led to a weight of 240 pounds. Others indicated they wanted to eat healthy, but have to go outside their community to find healthy choices. In reaching their decision, the Planning Commission said they heard residents’ demands for healthy, walkable, attractive communities.

The Planning Commissions’ recommendations will be sent to City Council. The next step in the New Community Plan process is a hearing before the Planning & Land Use Management Committee, which is expected to take place before July 2013. Final approval rests with the Los Angeles City Council.

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