Residents and business owners are invited to a community meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4 at Westside Neighborhood School to participate in a discussion about how Del Rey should look from a planning standpoint in the future.

This will be the first of three sessions that will focus on different sections of Del Rey. The June 4 session will focus on the area north of Jefferson Boulevard, an industrial area of Del Rey.

This visioning session will be the first time Del Rey has discussed its view of the Community Plan, event organizers said.

Three speakers from the city of Los Angeles will explain the planning process to the attendees. Del Rey’s newly appointed long range planner, Conni Pallini-Tipton, will talk about the Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey Community Plan and how it interfaces with the city’s General Plan.

James Lamm, the president of Ballona Creek Renaissance, will talk about the long-range plans for the section of Ballona Creek that bisects Del Rey, and Peter R. Hoffman, director of the Urban Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University, will show a PowerPoint presentation regarding data about Del Rey gathered by a team of his students during the spring semester.

The Del Rey Community Plan was adopted in 1997 and stipulates that it should be updated every five years. However, due to budget cuts, the formal update may not begin for another two to three years. According to the Planning Department’s neighborhood liaison, Claudia Rodriguez, the formal updating process takes approximately four years and costs the city about $500,000 per year.

An ad hoc committee with members from Mar Vista, Palms and Del Rey has been meeting on a monthly basis to discuss how the Community Plan should be changed. Mar Vista held visioning sessions in 2005 and 2007.

Westside Neighborhood School is at 5400 Beethoven St., Del Rey.

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend.

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