The Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan EIR

The City of Los Angeles (City) Bureau of Engineering (BOE) is beginning the environmental review process for the proposed Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan (Project) consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Vision Map with Phasing.

The City’s BOE has prepared an Initial Study (IS)/Environmental Checklist to provide preliminary evaluation of the environmental resources that may be affected by implementation of the proposed Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan. The City identified a potential for significant impacts and proposes to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR will address the proposed Project’s potential effects for the following environmental resource areas:

  • Aesthetics
  • Agricultural& Forestry Resources
  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Energy
  • Geology & Soils
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Hazards & Hazardous Materials
  • Hydrology & Water Quality
  • Land Use & Planning
  • Mineral Resources
  • Noise
  • Population & Housing
  • Public Services
  • Recreation
  • Transportation & Traffic
  • Tribal Cultural Resources
  • Utilities & Service Systems
  • Wildfire
  • Mandatory Findings of Significance

The proposed Project involves long-term implementation of the proposed Vision Plan, which would fundamentally guide Zoo development and operations over the next 20 years. The Vision Plan would result in comprehensive redesign and redevelopment of the Zoo’s existing 133-acre site to replace outdated buildings and infrastructure and upgrade guest amenities Improvements would include new and revitalized immersive exhibit space, new support visitor-serving buildings, expanded and modernized administrative and services facilities and circulation improvements, for access roads, pedestrian walkways and paths, an enhanced entry way and plaza, and new parking facilities. Vision Plan implementation and improved exhibits, visitor experience and new visitor serving facilities (e.g., event rental spaces), is projected to substantially increase visitation by approximately 1.2 million visitors per year by 2040. This projected growth in visitation and expansion of facilities within the Zoo property would have commensurate increases in employment, including Zoo staff and vendors. See Chapter 2, Project Description of the Initial Study/Environmental Checklist for a detailed description of the proposed Vision Plan, available here.

Location & Setting

The proposed Project area lies in the northeastern portion of Griffith Park at the base of the eastern foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Griffith Park is bordered by the cities of Burbank and Glendale to the northwest and northeast, respectively, as well as communities within the City, including Los Feliz, Hollywood Hills, and Cahuenga Park to the southwest. The Project area encompasses the entire existing 133-acre Zoo, located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The Zoo is roughly bound by the Golden State Freeway or Interstate 5 (I-5) to the east and the Ventura Freeway or California State Route 134 (SR-134) to the north. The Los Angeles River also borders the north and east boundaries of Griffith Park before continuing south and eventually flowing into the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach. Regional vehicular access to the Zoo is provided via I-5, located approximately 0.2 miles east of the Zoo entrance, as well as SR-134, which is located approximately 0.35 miles north of the northern boundary of the Zoo. Local access to the Zoo entrance within Griffith Park is provided by Zoo Drive from the north and west and via Crystal Springs Drive from the south.

Timeline

Winter 2019EIR Scoping & Outreach
Summer/Fall 2019Draft EIR & Public Review
Winter 2019Final EIR and Response to Public Comments
Winter 2020Decision-maker Hearings