Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan

June 2021 Update: The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan project has been completed. The Final EIR can be viewed via the links below.

The Board of Zoo Commissioners reviewed and considered the Final EIR and proposed project at their meeting on June 15, 2021. Details regarding this meeting can be found on the website of the Board of Zoo Commissioners: https://www.lazoo.org/about/zoo-commission/.

The City Council will consider the certification of the Final EIR and project approval at a future meeting that has yet not been scheduled. The official schedule and meeting agendas for the City Council and applicable Council Committees are available at the City website: https://clerk.lacity.org/calendar.

The City of Los Angeles (City) Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has prepared a Final 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 the 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

The EIR analyzes the environmental impacts of the proposed Project and alternatives.

The Final EIR can be viewed via the links below.

Also, an audio/visual presentation (approximately 25 minutes) that summarizes the 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.

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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


Final Environmental Impact Report (complete document)

Final Environmental Impact Report (individual chapters)

Appendices to the Final EIR

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