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  • 1. Department of City Planning · Code Studies Section Public Hearing Notice Citywide Proposed Zoning Code AmendmentMedical Service Professional Ordinance Council District: AllThis notice is to inform you of a public hearing for the Medical Service Professional Ordinance, aproposed zoning code amendment that has been initiated by the Department of City Planning. Allinterested persons are invited to attend the public hearing at which you may listen, speak, or submitwritten information relating to the environmental determination and the proposed project.PLACE: Los Angeles City Hall Room 1040 THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT 200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 COMMENTS WILL BE:TIME: Tuesday, April 26, 2012 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012STAFF: Tom Rothmann, tom.rothmann@lacity.org, 213-978-1891 Greg Wittmann, greg.t.wittmann@gmail.com, 814-323-3892PROPOSED PROJECT: A proposed ordinance amending Sections 12.03, 12.10, 12.12, 12.13, 12.14,12.16, 12.17, 12.20, 12.21, 12.24, 12.70, 13.07 and 16.03 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code tocategorize low-intensity medical uses as Medical Service Professional Offices; allow such uses in theRAS3 zone and less restrictive zones; clarify the parking requirement for such uses; and delete obsoleteuse terms.PURPOSE: The purpose of the hearing is to obtain testimony from affected and/or interested personsregarding this project. First, planning staff will present on the proposed project and take questions. Then,the hearing will be conducted by a Hearing Officer who will consider all the testimony presented at thattime and any written communication received prior to or at the hearing from affected and/or interestedpersons regarding this Project, as well as the merits of the proposed ordinance as it relates to existingenvironmental and land use regulations. The environmental document will be among the mattersconsidered at the hearing. After the hearing, Code Studies staff will prepare a report, including a finalrecommendation, which will be considered by the City Planning Commission at a later date.EXHAUSTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE REMEDIES: If you challenge assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services maya City action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues be provided upon request. Como entidad cubierta bajo el Título II delyou or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this Acto de los Americanos con Desabilidades, la Ciudad de Losnotice, or in written correspondence on these matters delivered to the Angeles no discrimina. La facilidad donde la junta se llevará a cabo yDepartment before the action on this matter. Any written su estacionamiento son accesibles para sillas de ruedas.correspondence delivered to the Department before the action on this Traductores de Lengua de Muestra, dispositivos de oído, u otrasmatter will become a part of the administrative record. Note: This ayudas auxiliaries se pueden hacer disponibles si usted las pide enmay not be the last hearing on this matter. avance.ADVICE TO PUBLIC: The exact time this report will be considered Other services, such as translation between English and otherduring the meeting is uncertain since there may be several other languages, may also be provided upon request. Otros servicios,items on the agenda. como traducción de Inglés a otros idiomas, también pueden hacerse disponibles si usted los pide en avance.WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Written communications should citethe Case Number indicated at the top of this notice and may be To ensure availability or services, please make your request no latermailed to the Attention of the Staff Contact identified above at the Los than three working days (72 hours) prior to the hearing by calling theAngeles Department of City Planning, Office of Zoning staff person referenced in this notice. Para asegurar la disponibilidadAdministration, City Hall - Room 763, 200 N. Spring Street, Los de éstos servicios, por favor haga su petición al mínimo de tres díasAngeles CA 90012. (72 horas) antes de la reunión, llamando a la persona del personal mencionada en este aviso.REVIEW OF THE FILE: The complete file including application andan environmental assessment is available for public review at theDepartment of City Planning, City Hall - Room 763, 200 N. SpringStreet, Los Angeles CA 90012 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Please call the Staff Contact indicatedat the top of this notice several days in advance to assure itsavailability. Case files will not be available for inspection on the dayof the hearing.ACCOMMODATIONS: As a covered entity under Title II of theAmericans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does notdiscriminate on the basis of disability. The hearing facility and itsparking are wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreters,
  • 2. QUESTIONS & ANSWERSMEDICAL SERVICE PROFESSIONAL ORDINANCEQ: What is a Medical Service Professional?A: The proposed ordinance defines a Medical Service Professional as a person licensed by the State of California as an acupuncturist, chiropractor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, optician, optometrist, physical therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or similar professional.Q: Why do we need this ordinance?A: Currently, the Code addresses these medical services individually, leading to confusion regarding zoning and parking. This ordinance clarifies that medical services are parked at the same rate as general commercial uses, rather than the strict rate applied to hospitals, clinics and medical offices. These parking requirements are appropriate because medical services generate limited parking demand. Clinics and doctors’ and dentists’ offices generate considerable parking demand because of their large client volumes, waiting rooms, emergency visits, and larger staffs. They are required to provide one space per 200 square feet of floor area. In contrast, Medical Service Professional Offices have lower client volumes, offer long one-on-one sessions with the practitioner, and typically require appointments. The ordinance clarifies that these uses are required to provide one space per 500 square feet of floor area.Q: Why does the ordinance permit Medical Service Professional Offices in RAS3 zones?A: This provision merely clarifies that all uses categorized as Medical Service Professional Offices are currently permitted in RAS3 zones as “business or professional [offices].” The ordinance does not expand the type or intensity of uses permitted in RAS3 zones.Q: Why does the ordinance remove the 600-foot buffer between schools and facilities serving persons addicted to drugs or alcohol?A. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities, including persons recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Prohibiting hospitals or clinics near schools from serving persons recovering from addiction violates the ADA.Q: Why is the number of Medical Service Professionals within a single Medical Service Professional Office limited to three? What parking requirements would apply to an office with four or more Medical Service Professionals?A: Offices with four or more Medical Service Professionals resemble clinics because they have higher client volumes and parking demand. Offices with four or more Medical Service Professionals are treated as clinics. Accordingly, they are not permitted in RAS3 zones and must provide one parking space per 200 square feet of floor area.For further questions, please contact: Greg Wittmann | greg.t.wittmann@gmail.com | 814-323-3892 Tom Rothmann | tom.rothmann@lacity.org | 213-978-1891
  • 3. MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL USE DRAFT - MARCH 2, 2012 ORDINANCE NO. _________A proposed ordinance amending Sections 12.03, 12.10, 12.12, 12.13, 12.14, 12.16,12.17, 12.20, 12.21, 12.24, 12.70, 13.07 and 16.03 of the Los Angeles MunicipalCode to categorize low-intensity medical uses as Medical Service ProfessionalOffices; allow such uses in the RAS3 zone and less restrictive zones; clarify theparking requirement for such uses; and delete obsolete use terms. THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:Section 1. Section 12.03 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is amended by addingthe following definitions in alphabetical order: MEDICAL SERVICE PROFESSIONAL. A person licensed by the State of California as an acupuncturist, chiropractor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, optician, optometrist, physical therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist or similar profession. This does not include dentists or physicians except psychiatrists. MEDICAL SERVICE PROFESSIONAL OFFICE. An office that is primarily engaged in providing services for health maintenance, pain, mental health, injury, physical condition, or diagnosis or treatment of human disease that does not provide overnight board or lodging, and where treatment is provided by no more than three (3) Medical Service Professionals. This does not include offices of dentists or physicians except psychiatrists. An office where four (4) or more Medical Service Professionals provide treatment shall be deemed a clinic.Sec. 2. Section 12.03 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is amended to read: PHILANTHROPIC INSTITUTION. A nonprofit, charitable institution devoted to the housing, training or care of children, or of aged, indigent, handicapped or underprivileged persons, but not including the following: office buildings, except as an accessory to and located on the same lot with an institutional activity, as listed above; hospitals, clinics or sanitariums, correctional institutions, institutions or homes for the insane or those of unsound mind; lodging houses or dormitories providing temporary quarters for transient unemployed persons; organizations devoted to collecting and salvaging new or used materials, or organizations devoted principally to distributing food, clothing or supplies on a charitable basis.
  • 4. Sec. 3. Paragraph ff of Subdivision 2 of Subsection A of Section 12.10.5 of the LosAngeles Municipal Code is added to read: (ff) Medical Service Professional Office.Sec. 4. Subdivision 5 of Subsection A of Section 12.12 of the Los Angeles MunicipalCode is amended to read: 5. Hospitals or sanitariums (except animal hospitals), with yards as required in Sec. 12.21 C.3.Sec. 5. Subparagraph 13 of Paragraph (a) of Subdivision 2 of Subsection A ofSection 12.13 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is amended to read: (13) Hospital, sanitarium or clinics (except animal hospitals).Sec. 6. Subdivision 17 of Subsection A of Section 12.14 of the Los AngelesMunicipal Code is amended to read: 17. Hospitals, sanitariums or clinics, except animal hospitals, when located as required by Section 12.21D.Sec. 7. Subdivision 37 of Subsection A of Section 12.14 of the Los AngelesMunicipal Code is amended to read: 37. Massage parlor, where massage, alcohol rub, formentation, electric or magnetic treatment, or similar treatment or manipulation of the human body is administered by a medical practitioner or Medical Service Professional, chiropractor, acupuncturist, physical therapist or similar professional person licensed by the State of California, and including an athletic club, health club, school, gymnasium, state licensed cosmetology or barber establishment, reducing salon, spa or similar establishment where massage or similar manipulation of the human body is offered as an incidental or accessory service.Sec. 8. Paragraph (g) of Subdivision 2 of Subsection A of Section 12.16 of the LosAngeles Municipal Code is amended to read: (g) Hospital or sanitarium.Sec. 9. Paragraph (d) of Subdivision 1 of Subsection A of Section 12.17.1 of the LosAngeles Municipal Code is amended to read: (d) hospitals or sanitariums unless approved pursuant to the provisions of Section 12.24;
  • 5. Sec. 10. Subdivision 2 of Subsection A of Section 12.17.6 of the Los AngelesMunicipal Code is amended to read: 2. Any commercial use permitted in the C2 Zone except sanitariums and hospitals, provided that these uses are conducted in accordance with all building enclosure and fence enclosure limitations of the C2 Zone.Sec. 11. Paragraph (c) of Subdivision 1 of Subsection A of Section 12.20 of the LosAngeles Municipal Code is amended to read: (c) Hospitals or sanitariums, except animal hospitals. (c) For Commercial and Industrial Buildings. Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraphs (1) through and including (7) below, there shall be at least one automobile parking space for each 500 square feet of combined floor area contained within all the office, business, commercial, research and development buildings, and manufacturing or industrial buildings on any lot. Office, business, commercial, research and development, manufacturing and industrial buildings shall provide at least one automobile parking space for each 500 square feet of floor area, except as otherwise provided below. A specific plan may impose less restrictive parking requirements, if it expressly states that the specific plan’s parking provisions are intended to supersede the standards set forth in this paragraph. In the case of buildings where bicycle parking spaces are required by Subdivision 16. of this subsection, the minimum number of required automobile parking spaces may be reduced by the same number as the number of bicycle spaces required for the building. Bicycle parking spaces required by Subdivision 16 of this subsection reduce the minimum number of required automobile parking spaces by the same number of bicycle spaces provided.Sec. 12. Subparagraph 8 of Paragraph (c) of Subdivision 4 of Subsection A ofSection 12.21 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is added and shall read: (8) Doctors’ offices, dentists’ offices and clinics shall provide at least one automobile parking space per 200 square feet of floor area.Sec. 13. Subparagraph 9 of Paragraph (c) of Subdivision 4 of Subsection A ofSection 12.21 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is added to read: (9) Medical Service Professional Offices shall provide at least one automobile parking space per 500 square
  • 6. feet of floor area.Sec. 14. Paragraph (d) of Subdivision 4 of Subsection A of Section 12.21 of the LosAngeles Municipal Code is amended to read: (d) For Institutions. There shall be at least one automobile parking space for each 500 square feet of floor area contained within any philanthropic institution, governmental office building, or similar use. Institutions which provide medical services, such as hospitals , sanitariums, convalescent homes, clinics, medical office buildings and other medical service facilities shall make the following provisions for off-street automobile parking.Sec. 15. Subparagraphs 2 and 3 of Paragraph (d) of Subdivision 4 of Subsection Aof Section 12.21 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code are amended: (2) Sanitariums and convalescent homes shall provide one automobile parking space for each 500 square feet of floor area, or 0.2 automobile parking spaces per patient bed, for which the facility is licensed, whichever provides the greater number of automobile parking spaces. Government buildings, philanthropic institutions, or similar uses shall provide at least one automobile parking space for each 500 square feet of floor area. (3) Clinics, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 1202, medical office buildings and other medical service facilities shall provide one automobile parking space per 200 square feet of total floor area.Sec. 16. Subsection D of Section 12.21 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code isdeleted: D. Location Of Hospitals. No hospital, sanitarium or clinic for mental, or drug or liquor addict cases shall be established or maintained on any property within 600 feet of the property on which an elementary or high school is being maintained.Sec. 17. The fifth unnumbered paragraph of Paragraph (a) of Subdivision 14 ofSubsection U of Section 12.24 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is amended toread: Non-taxable Merchandise means products, commodities, or items not subject to California state sales tax. For purposes of this ordinance, the definition of non-taxable merchandise shall not include, without limitation, Sales Floor Area devoted to any of the following categories: services, including the services of a Medical Service Professional,
  • 7. chiropractor, optometrist, optician, physician, surgeon, podiatrist, dentist, spa, gym, nail salon, and travel accommodation services; theaters and other entertainment uses; and food products sold through vending machines.Sec. 18. The thirteenth unnumbered paragraph of Paragraph (b) of Subdivision 3 ofSubsection T of Section 12.24 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is amended toread: Hospitals or sanitariums in the A, R, CR, C1, C1.5, CM or M ZonesSec. 19. Subdivision 12 of Subsection U of Section 12.24 of the Los AngelesMunicipal Code is amended to read: 12. Hospitals or sanitariums in the A, R, CR, C4, CM or M Zones, and in the C1 or C1.5 Zones if not permitted by right.Sec. 20. Subdivision 8 of Subsection B of Section 12.70 of the Los AngelesMunicipal Code is amended to read: 8. “Massage Parlor” – An establishment where, for any form of consideration, massage, alcohol rub, fomentation, electric or magnetic treatment, or similar treatment or manipulation of the human body is administered, unless such treatment or manipulation is administered by a Medical Service Professional, physician medical practitioner, chiropractor, acupuncturist, physical therapist or similar professional persons licensed by the State of California. This definition does not include an athletic club, health club, school, gymnasium, state licensed cosmetology or barber establishment, reducing salon, spa or similar establishment where massage or similar manipulation of the human body is offered as an incidental or accessory service.Sec. 21. Subdivision 12 of Subsection B of Section 12.70 of the Los AngelesMunicipal Code is amended to read: 12. “Sexual Encounter Establishment” – An establishment, other than a hotel, motel or similar establishment offering public accommodations, which, for any form of consideration, provides a place where two or more persons may congregate, associate or consort in connection with “specified sexual activities” or the exposure of “specified anatomical areas.” This definition does not include an establishment where a Medical Services Professional or physician, medical practitioner, psychologist, psychiatrist or similar professional person licensed by the State of California engages in sexual therapy.Sec. 22. The seventh unnumbered paragraph of Subsection C of Section 13.07 ofthe Los Angeles Municipal Code is amended to read:
  • 8. Neighborhood Services. Neighborhood services are those services used by residents and patrons on a regular basis, including: Barber shop or beauty parlor; Blueprinting; Child care facility; Club or lodge, bridge club, fraternal or religious associations; Copying services; Custom dressmaking; Dry cleaner; Financial services; Laundry or self-service laundromat: Locksmith; Optician Medical Service Professional; Photographer; Shoe repair; Tailor: and Other similar services as determined by the Zoning Administrator.Sec. 23. The twelfth unnumbered paragraph of Subsection B of Section 16.03 of theLos Angeles Municipal Code is amended to read: Hospitals or sanitariumsSec. 24. The City Clerk shall certify...

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