Friday “Fun”: Here is an Enormous List of LA Land Use and Development Acronyms

Sometimes the overwhelming number of acronyms being thrown around in LA’s planning circles is enough to make even the most devout custodians of the language say WTF? As if the maze of regulations and stakeholders controlling Los Angeles’s land use decisions wasn’t disorienting enough, many of the key players don’t even go by names–instead, they use a string of letters standing for words that we assume mean something to someone somewhere. (The host of acronyms competing for the Sixth Street Viaduct rebuild project is a good example.) To help, we compiled the following list of land use-policy related acronyms. We don’t claim that it’s exhaustive, but it’s definitely exhausting, so if you have energy to spare, feel free to add more in the comments. (And abbreviations are another whole story, ok?)

Public Sector

 – City Planning Commission
PLUM – City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee
DCP – Department of City Planning
APC – Area Planning Commission
CCC – California Coastal Commission
MTA -Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
LADOT – Los Angeles Department of Transportation
OCTA – Orange County Transportation Authority
USDOT – US Department of Transportation
FHWA – Federal Highway Administration
FTA – Federal Transit Administration
LADWP – LA Department of Water and Power
 – LA Fire Department
LAPD – LA Police Department
MWD – Metropolitan Water District
LADBS – LA Department of Building and Safety
PoLB – Port of Long Beach
PoLA – Port of Los Angeles
 – US Environmental Protection Agency
LAWA – Los Angeles World Airports
 – Bureau of Land Management
 – Bureau of Street Services
 – Bureau of Engineering
 – Federal Aviation Administration
DONE – Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
SCAG – Southern California Association of Governments
AQMD – Air Quality Management District
 – Los Angeles Unified School District
BHUSD – Beverly Hills Unified School District
LACCD – Los Angeles Community College District
 – Department of Water Resources
 – LA County Department of Public Health
CPUC – California Public Utilities Commission
UCLA – University of California Los Angeles
BPW – Board of Public Works
BSL – Bureau of Street Lighting
BoS – Bureau of Sanitation
BUF – Bureau of Urban Forestry
BCA – Bureau of Contract Administration
CSC – California Science Center
CalPERS – California Public Employees’ Retirement System
CalSTRS – California State Teachers’ Retirement System
CRA/LA – Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles
DTSC – Department of Toxic Substances Control

Private Sector

 – Southern California Edison
 – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
NFL – National Football League
MLB – Major League Baseball
NBBJ – Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson
PB – Parsons Brinckerhoff
AECOM – Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations, and Maintenance
AEG – Anschutz Entertainment Group
HOK – Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc.
HNTB – Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff
SOM – Skidmore Owings & Merrill
HLW – Haines, Lundberg & Waehler
USC – University of Southern California
CBRE – Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis
CIM – CIM Group (CIM (a developer) has stated that the initials don’t actually stand for anything)
SCG – SoCal Gas
RAND – Research and Development
AFL-CIO – American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
SEIU – Service Employees International Union

Terms of Art

EIR – Environmental Impact Report
EIS – Environmental Impact Statement
NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard
YIMBY – Yes In My Back Yard
ZIMAS – Zone Information and Map Access System
ZA – Zoning Administrator
PPM – Particle Per Million
VMT – Vehicle Miles Traveled
FAR – Floor Area Ratio
TOD – Transit-Oriented Development
BID – Business Improvement District
HPOZ – Historic Preservation Overlay Zone
HCM – Historic-Cultural Monument
CCA – Central City Association
CD – Council District
TAP – Transit Access Pass
ROW – Right of Way
SCS – Sustainable Community Plan
RTP – Regional Transportation Plan
IOU – Investor Owned Utility
MOU – Municipally Owned Utility
MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
JPA – Joint Powers Authority
PPP – Public Private Partnership
COG – Council of Governments
MPO – Metropolitan Planning Organization
STIP – State Transportation Improvement Program
MND – Mitigated Negative Declaration
MRED – Master of Real Estate Development
BIM – Building Information Modeling
GIS – Geographic Information System
DLA – Designated Local Authority
RFP – Request for Proposals
RFQ – Request for Qualifications
RFI – Request for Information
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
REIT – Real Estate Investment Trust
ROI – Return on Investment

CEQA – California Environmental Quality Act
SOAR – Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources
HCP – Hollywood Community Plan
ARO – Adaptive Reuse Ordinance
CPIO – Community Plan Implementation Overlay
LARRMP – Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan
LARIO – Los Angeles River Improvement Overlay
NEPA – National Environmental Protection Act
ADA – Americans With Disabilities Act
ZC – Zoning Code
SAFETEA-LU – Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
TEA-21 – Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
ISTEA – Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
TIGER – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery
ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Non-Government Organizations
APA – American Planning Association
SMMC – Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
AIA – American Institute of Architects
ULI – Urban Land Institute
LAEDC – LA Economic Development Council
LABC – LA Business Council
FoLAR – Friends of the Los Angeles River
WUF – Westside Urban Forum
LANI – Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
LACBC – Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
DLANC – Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
LANLT – Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
NRDC – National Resources Defense Council
LAANE – Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy
USGBC – US Green Building Council
BRU- Bus Riders’ Union

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