LOS ANGELES COUNTY
CITIZENS ECONOMY AND EFFICIENCY COMMISSION

ROOM 163 HALL 0F ADMINISTRATION / 500 WEST TEMPLE / LOS ANGELES, CALIF0RNIA 90012 / 974-1491


July 23, 1986

Honorable Board of Supervisors
Los Angeles County
383 Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Supervisors:

SUBJECT: HEARING PROCEDURES OF REGIONAL PLANNING

On November 26, 1985, the Board of Supervisors modified the case processing procedures of the Regional Planning Commission to permit certain cases to be heard by a hearing officer employed by the Department rather than by the commission. The Board asked the department and the Economy and Efficiency Commission to report on the effectiveness of the new procedures within six months of the effective date. The new system became fully operational in March, 1986.

The objectives of the change were to correct perceived problems in case processing which had been highlighted in several studies of the department. The objectives were:

We have reviewed the new system in terms of the Board's objectives. We believe the hearing officer system is a sound improvement over the prior method of hearing cases.

The Director of Regional Planning and the Commission have themselves been reviewing the new procedures, They have identified and are considering certain refinements to it, particularly in the area of case scheduling. In addition, within the next year the Commission and the Director expect to be proposing additional improvements to case processing.

THEREFORE we recommend that the Board of Supervisors:

  1. continue the case processing procedures established in November, 1985 with such refinements as are recommended from time to time by the Regional Planning Commission and the Director of Regional Planning.

  2. direct the Director of Regional Planning to work with the Commission to increase the scope and rate of deliberations on countywide planning and policy issues.

Very truly yours,


Joe Crail
Chairman


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