Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan

March 2021 Update: The Final Environmental Impact Report for the Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan project is being prepared and is expected to be released in the Summer of 2021.

The City of Los Angeles (City) Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan (Project) consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). BOE is the Lead Agency under CEQA. As the Lead Agency, BOE has prepared an EIR in accordance with current City of Los Angeles Guidelines for Implementation of CEQA of 1970, Article I, and Section 15085 of CEQA Guidelines. The EIR addresses the proposed Project’s potential environmental impacts for the following resource areas:

  • Aesthetics and Visual Resources
  • Biological Resources
  • Energy
  • Geology & Soils
  • Hazards & Hazardous Materials
  • Land Use & Planning
  • Public Services
  • Transportation
  • Wildfire
  • Air Quality
  • Cultural and Tribal Resources
  • Urban Forestry Resources
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Hydrology & Water Quality
  • Noise
  • Recreation
  • Utilities
  • Cumulative Impacts

Using the information obtained through the environmental scoping period, the City prepared the Draft EIR and analyzed the environmental impacts of the proposed Project and alternatives. 

The Draft Environmental Impact Report can be viewed via the links below.

Also, an audio/visual presentation (approximately 25 minutes) that summarizes the Draft EIR can be accessed via this link:  DEIR Summary Presentation

PROJECT LOCATION AND SETTING: The proposed Project site lies in the northeastern portion of Griffith Park at the base of the eastern foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Griffith Park is bordered by the cities of Burbank and Glendale to the northwest and northeast, respectively, as well as communities within the City, including Los Feliz, Hollywood Hills, and Cahuenga Park to the southwest. The Project site encompasses the entire existing 133-acre Zoo, located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The Zoo is roughly bound by the Golden State Freeway or Interstate 5 (I-5) to the east and the Ventura Freeway or California State Route 134 (SR-134) to the north. The Los Angeles River also borders the north and east boundaries of Griffith Park before continuing south and eventually flowing into the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach. Regional vehicular access to the Zoo is provided via I-5, located approximately 0.2 miles east of the Zoo entrance, as well as SR-134, which is located approximately 0.35 miles north of the northern boundary of the Zoo. Local access to the Zoo entrance within Griffith Park is provided by Zoo Drive from the north and west and via Western Heritage Way and Crystal Springs Drive from the south.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposed Project would guide future development and modernization of the Zoo for the next 20 years. The proposed Project would include comprehensive redesign and redevelopment of the Zoo to replace outdated buildings and infrastructure and upgrade animal care and guest amenities through the 133-acre Zoo. Improvements would include new and revitalized immersive exhibit space and animal habitats, new visitor-serving buildings, expanded and modernized administrative and services facilities, circulation improvements for access roads, pedestrian walkways and paths, an enhanced entry way and plaza, and new parking facilities. The Project is projected to increase annual visitation by approximately 1.2 million visitors per year. This projected growth in visitation and expansion of facilities within the Zoo property would have commensurate increases in employment. See Section 2.0, Project Description of the EIR for a detailed description of the proposed Project.

The City will consider all comments, written and verbal, in preparation of the Final EIR.

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PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD: The Draft EIR was circulated for a sixty (60) day public review period, beginning on December 17, 2020 and ending on February 15, 2021. All comments will be addressed in the Final EIR.

For more information about the project, please contact: 

Norman Mundy, Environmental Supervisor II
Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, Environmental Management Group
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015

VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING: Due to the ongoing public health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual public meeting was held on January 13, 2021.

Review Status Public Review Period  

Draft Environmental Impact Report
(Complete Document)

Closed December 17, 2020 – February 15, 2021


Individual Chapters:

Executive Summary

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.0 Introduction

Chapter 2.0 Project Description

Chapter 3.0 Impact Analysis Introduction

Chapter 3.1 Aesthetics and Visual Resources

Chapter 3.2 Air Quality

Chapter 3.3 Biological Resources

Chapter 3.4 Cultural Tribal Resources

Chapter 3.5 Energy

Chapter 3.6 Urban Forestry Resources

Chapter 3.7 Geology and Soils

Chapter 3.8 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Chapter 3.9 Hazardous Materials

Chapter 3.10 Hydrology and Water Quality

Chapter 3.11 Land Use and Planning

Chapter 3.12 Noise

Chapter 3.13 Public Services

Chapter 3.14 Recreation

Chapter 3.15 Transportation

Chapter 3.16 Utilities

Chapter 3.17 Wildfire

Chapter 3.18 Cumulative Impacts

Chapter 4.0 Alternatives Analysis

Chapter 5.0 Other CEQA Issues

Chapter 6.0 List of Preparers

Chapter 7.0 References


Appendix A Vision Plan and Addenda
Appendix B NOP and IS
Appendix C Vision Plan EIR Scoping Report
Appendix D Air Quality and GHG Emissions Calculation Details
Appendix E Biological Resources Technical Memorandum
Appendix F Cultural and Tribal Cultural Resources Report
Appendix G Historical Resources Technical Report
Appendix H Energy Calculation Details
Appendix I Forestry Resources Technical Memorandum
Appendix J Geological Resources Technical Memorandum
Appendix K Hazardous Materials Evaluation
Appendix L Hydrology Technical Memorandum
Appendix M Noise and Vibration Technical Report
Appendix N Transportation Assessment