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Heading Bullet    Van Nuys Fire Station No. 39 (W.O. E170094B)

Council District 6. The proposed project would be located at 14615 Oxnard Street within the Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks Community Plan Area. The City of Los Angeles (City) is proposing to construct a replacement fire station on two vacant lots located on the corner of Oxnard Street and Vesper Avenue in Van Nuys. The existing Los Angeles City Fire Station No. 39, located at 14415 Sylvan Street (approximately 0.5 mile northeast), cannot house the additional resources needed to meet present and future demands for fire protection services. The proposed project will use accrued interest and savings from Proposition F, approved by voters on November 7, 2000. The replacement fire station will include an approximate 18,533-square-foot facility and other associated improvements. Disposition of the existing Fire Station No. 39 at 14415 Sylvan Street has not been determined at this time. Until such a determination is made, the Department of General Services would maintain the buildings.


The City prepared an Initial Study/Negative Declaration (NG-13-144-BE) in compliance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to assess the potential environmental impacts of this project. Public Review for this document was from May 23, 2013 to June 12, 2013. Under CEQA, the City identified no significant impacts. Following public comment, mitigation measures for noise and contaminated soils impacts were considered. The project description remains the same; however, section 5.0 "Mitigation Measures" of the previously circulated document was edited to reflect the new changes.

The project, its Mitigated Negative Declaration, and the Mitigation Monitoring Program were considered and approved by City Council on June 25, 2014. A notice of determination was filed with the Los Angeles County Clerk on June 26, 2014.


On March 19, 2015, the City issued a Notice of Preparation (NP-15-002-BE) stating that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be prepared and requesting input from responsible agencies, trustee agencies, stakeholders, and other interested parties on the scope and content of the environmental information relevant to the statutory responsibilities of responsible and trustee agencies and to the concerns of interested organizations and persons. A scoping meeting was held on April 9, 2015, to provide an opportunity for interested parties to provide input. Using the information obtained through this public process, the City has prepared a Draft EIR to analyze the environmental impacts of the proposed project and alternatives. The City has issued a Notice of Availability and published the Draft EIR (EIR 16-004-BE; SCH# 2015031067); both of these may be viewed through the links below. The City is requesting input from responsible agencies, trustees, and other interested parties on the Draft EIR.

The Draft EIR is being made available for public review for a 45-day period which begins on March 24, 2016, and closes on May 9, 2016. Public comments on the Draft EIR will be received during this period. The Draft EIR and all documents referenced in the Draft EIR may be viewed at the following locations:

  • Bureau of Engineering, Environmental Management Group, 1149 South Broadway, 6th Floor, contact: Maria Martin at (213) 485-5753, fax: (213) 847-0656
  • Van Nuys Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, 6250 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401
  • Van Nuys District Office, Councilmember Nury Martinez, CD #6, 14410 Sylvan St., Suite 215, Van Nuys, CA 91401
  • Sherman Oaks District Office, Councilmember David Ryu, CD #4, 13907 Ventura Blvd., #104, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

During the public review period, a public meeting will be held to provide an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the Draft EIR. The public meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Van Nuys Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 6250 Sylmar St., Van Nuys, CA 91401.

Due to the limits mandated by state law, your response must be sent at the earliest possible date, but not later than May 9, 2016.

Please send your response to:

Ms. Maria Martin
City of Los Angeles
Public Works, Bureau of Engineering
Environmental Management Group
1149 S. Broadway, 6th Floor, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015-2213

Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to (please include “Van Nuys Fire Station 39 Draft EIR Comments” in the subject line)

We would appreciate the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for the person to contact if we have any questions regarding your comment.

Following the close of the review period, the City will prepare responses to comments and will compile these comments and responses into a Final EIR. All responses to comments submitted on the EIR by public agencies will be provided to those agencies at least 10 days prior to final action on the project. The Board of Public Works and City Council Committee(s) may consider and make recommendations to the Los Angeles City Council regarding the Final EIR. The Los Angeles City Council will make findings regarding the extent and nature of the impacts as described in the Final EIR. The Final EIR will need to be certified as complete by the City prior to making a decision to approve or deny the project. Public input is encouraged at all public hearings before the City.

Meeting agendas for the Board of Public Works can be viewed at Meeting agendas for committees and City Council can be viewed at

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Martin at (213) 485-5753 or; or Norman Mundy at (213) 485-5737 or

(Click on underlined text to view report)
Review Status Public Review Period
Initial Study/Negative Declaration (3.90 MB) Closed 05/23/13 - 06/12/13
Notice of Intent (90 KB) Closed
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (744 KB) Closed 02/20/14 - 03/24/14
Appendices (3.69 MB)
Notice of Intent/Re-Circulation (155 KB) Closed
Mitigation Monitoring Program (98 KB)
Public Review Record (13.7 MB)
Notice of Determination (181 KB)
Notice of Preparation (354 KB) Closed 03/19/15 - 04/20/15
Notice of Availability
Draft Environmental Impact Report Open 03/24/16 – 05/09/16