Community Plans

Harbor Gateway | Harbor City - Wilmington | San Pedro | Southeast Community Plans


Community Plans establish goals and policies to guide future land use and development within each plan area. Plan maps identify where uses such as jobs, housing, and open space will be located. With that, it is important for the Plans to be up-to-date because they:

  1. Inform developers and residents of the type of development that will be permitted; and
  2. Help accommodate anticipated jobs, housing, and population.

The Harbor LA Community Plans refer to two of the Community Plan areas located north of the Los Angeles Harbor that are currently being updated by the Department of City Planning. The Department has recently begun the Community Plan Update for several Harbor Area Communities. San Pedro was the first of the harbor communities to do so, with its plan update completed in 2017. At the same time the Southeast Community Plan, which includes Watts, was also updated. In the fall of 2018, the Harbor Gateway (North/South) and Harbor City-Wilmington Communities began the process for their community plan updates.

Over the next three years, the Department of City Planning will:

- Inform and engage the public for input and feedback throughout the process
- Conduct land use and demographic research and analysis
- Update Plan policies, land use, and zoning
- Prepare an Environmental Impact Report
- Present the Plan Updates to the City Planning Commission and City Council for approval

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Harbor Gateway Community Plan, Update in Progress

Harbor Gateway Community Plan

The Harbor Gateway Community Plan Area is situated in the southern part of Los Angeles, south of 120th Street and north of Sepulveda Boulevard. It is surrounded by the communities of Southeast Los Angeles, Wilmington-Harbor City, and the Cities of Gardena, Torrance, and Carson.

The Harbor Gateway Plan Area contains approximately 3,229 acres. The Plan Area is a narrow corridor which links the City's harbor, San Pedro, Wilmington and Harbor City communities to the main body of the City. Read more...


Harbor City-Wilmington Community Plan, Update in Progress

Wilmington Community Plan
The Wilmington-Harbor City Community Plan Area is located between the planning communities of Harbor Gateway, San Pedro, and the Port of Los Angeles, and adjacent to the cities of Torrance, Lomita, Rancho Palos Verdes, Carson, Long Beach, and an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.

The Wilmington-Harbor City Community Plan Area is generally bounded by the Sepulveda Boulevard, Normandie Avenue, Lomita Boulevard, Los Angeles Harbor, Harry Bridges Boulevard, John Gibson Boulevard, Taper Avenue, and Western Avenue.

The Wilmington-Harbor City Community Plan Area contains approximately 6,481 net acres. Most of the topography is level except for a small amount of varied, hillside terrain located in the southwest portion of the Plan Area, adjacent to Rancho Palos Verdes. Read more...


San Pedro Community Plan, Updated 2017

San Pedro Community Plan

The San Pedro Community Plan Area (CPA) is located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula near the terminus of the Harbor Freeway (I-110) in the southernmost portion of the City of Los Angeles. Located adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles, the town of San Pedro\ was annexed by the City of Los Angeles in 1909 and its harbor developed into a major seaport. The community of San Pedro is characterized by its Mediterranean climate and ocean views, unique commercial districts and residential neighborhoods with a mix of older historic structures and newer architecture, and many natural and cultural amenities.

The last comprehensive update of the San Pedro Community Plan was in 1999. Since that time, significant changes have occurred, new issues have emerged and new community objectives, aiming to balance new development with community preservation, have evolved. Many changes occurring in San Pedro are caused by larger forces beyond the community’s direct control, such as demographic trends, advances in technology, climate change, economic conditions, and rising energy costs. Planning for upcoming changes is the most effective and beneficial way for the community to accommodate evolving needs.

Throughout the San Pedro Community Plan update process, opportunities were provided for San Pedro community members to comment on the proposed Plan changes at a variety of public workshops and presentations. As a result of public input and staff research, issues and opportunity areas were identified. Goals and policies were updated to specifically address these areas, and are included in this section. A primary concern was the preservation of residential neighborhood character and the need for neighborhood services.


Southeast Community Plan, Updated 2017

Southeast Community Plan

The Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan is located just south of Downtown Los Angeles and is one of three Community Plan Areas of the greater South Los Angeles Planning Region. The Community Plan Area is approximately 15.7 square miles and has a population of 278,337 (2010 Census). Southeast Los Angeles is generally bounded by the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) to the north, the Harbor Freeway (I-110) to the west, 120th Street and Imperial Highway to the south, and Alameda Street, Central Avenue, and Mona Boulevard to the east. Southeast Los Angeles is an urbanized community that contains several distinct neighborhoods including Central, Avalon, Green Meadows, and Watts. The Community Plan is in a prime location close to regional business and employment destinations, such as Downtown Los Angeles and the City of Vernon.

Southeast Los Angeles is marked by a rich history as one of the earliest areas of Los Angeles to develop as an expansion of the city center. Early settlements that spread south from the town’s center developed into the communities of today’s Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan Area. Over the years Southeast Los Angeles has seen many ethnic populations settle into the area and create a unique culture. Historic settlement patterns in the area have resulted in prominent markers of Los Angeles history, including African American and Latino enclaves.