Imagine what is possible if the Arroyo Seco became a designated
LA-RIO (Los Angeles River Improvement Overlay)
Special District under the City of Los Angeles proposed ordinance.
That's just what a team of Cal Poly Pomona Urban & Regional Planning graduate students did, under the direction of my humble tutelage in the fall of 2009, when they created the Arroyo Seco Highland Park LA-RIO Conceptual Design Plan.
The LA-RIO Ordinance is designed to bring watershed principles to real estate development and redevelopment along one-half mile on each side of the Los Angeles River Corridor. Here's the LA-RIO Ordinance factsheet: http://planning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/Rioproject/factsheet.pdf.
The Ordinance also provides the major tributaries, including the Arroyo Seco, the opportunity to participate as an LA-RIO district. The Ordinance was approved in principle by the LA City Council last year and is currently under legal review and amendment to comply with municipal law. River lovers hope that this ordinance, along with the recently passed Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance, will be formally enacted in 2011.
Follow this link to view the entire Arroyo Seco Highland Park LA-RIO Conceptual Design Plan: http://www.arroyoseco.org/asrio.htm
What do YOU think? Should the Arroyo Seco become an LA-RIO District?