Development plans for Playa Vista Phase II, called The Village, won unanimous approval from the Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) last week.

The Wednesday, September 8th, vote by the committee sends the project to the full Los Angeles City Council for final consideration Wednesday, September 22nd.

Two months ago, the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission also voted to approve the project.

“In voting to approve The Village, city leaders are recognizing that Playa Vista is an urban model,” said Steve Soboroff, Playa Vista president.

“This next phase brings valuable benefits not just to the residents of Playa Vista, but to the surrounding communities as well,” he said.

The Village will be located on 111 acres adajacent to Jefferson Boulevard west of Lincoln Boulevard.

A large part of the project will be built on the former runway of the Hughes Aircraft Company.

Plans include constructing 2,600 new homes and a neighborhood retail center with restaurants, a grocery store, a bank branch and other community-oriented stores.

Playa Vista reduced the size and scope of its original development plans — which included a hotel — on 500 acres.

Samantha Culbert, a Playa Vista spokeswoman, said the project is still in the entitlement process and nothing for The Village has been built yet.

She said construction would begin 12 to 18 months after the Los Angeles City Council approves the project.

A draft environmental impact report (D-EIR) for the Playa Vista Phase II Village project estimates that The Village will be fully built and occupied within five years of the start of construction.

“With The Village in place, Playa Vista will be a place where people can live, shop, work and play all in one place,” said Doug Moreland, Playa Vista senior vice president for development.