COVID-19 Impact on Public Participation in L.A. Planning

Letter to City of Los Angeles on Public Participation in City Planning Process During COVID-19 Restrictions

March 23, 2020
Sean Hecht

On March 23, 2020, Sean Hecht, Co-Director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, wrote to Los Angeles city leaders to request that the city take immediate action to address the impact of COVID-19 and the city and state “Safer At Home” orders on public participation in planning processes in the city. Hecht recommends that any public comment periods be extended, and new public review documents such as draft and final environmental impact reports not be released, until at least an additional 45 days after city business resumes as usual.


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