What is the Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan?

A Specific Plan is a popular form of a land use overlay. An overlay is an additional layer of planning control, establishing stricter standards that go beyond what the underlying zoning would normally regulate. Cities generally implement overlays to achieve goals that may not ordinarily be attainable through zoning rules alone—ranging from more specific standards governing the production of affordable housing. commercial oriented development, etc.

Properties located on, or adjacent to, Hawthorne Boulevard, are within the Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan area. Properties within the Specific Plan area are subject to the zoning standards, commercial regulations, and design criteria outlined in the Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan.

This document is revised periodically to ensure that established policies are compliant with current standards and regulation, and that the established goals and policies aligned with the needs and interest of the residents.

Click here to view the Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan document.

General Plan & Specific Plan Update

ATTENTION RESIDENTS: Help shape the future of Lawndale by participating in the process to update our General Plan & Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan! Watch the video below to see learn about the importance of these updates. To stay up-to-date about this process, please go to: lawndale.generalplan.org.

Zoning Standards & Tools
Amendments to the Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan

Ordiance No. 883-00 | Approved: 12/4/2000
Amends the maximum front street side setback for the office commercial, "OC", zoning district from 10' to not applicable, "NA".

Ordiance No. 890-01 | Approved: 3/5/2001
Changes the designation of the properties located at 16200 Hawthorne Blvd. and 4342 W. 162nd Street from Neighborhood Commercial (NC) to General Commercial (GC).

Ordiance No. 897-01 | Approved: 6/18/2001
Amends the Development Permit requirements of the Hawthorne Blvd. Specific Plan.

Ordiance No. 923-02 | Approved: 11/4/2002
Amends the Hawthorne Blvd. Specific Plan and General Plan related to the mixed-use development and the Land Use Matrix of the Hawthorne Blvd. Specific Plan.

Ordiance No. 946-06 | Approved: 2/21/2006
Amends the Hawthorne Blvd. Specific Plan related to the elimination of the use of floor area ratios in zones GC, OC, and NC.

Resolution No. CC-0906-035 | Approved: 6/1/2009
Amends the Land Use Matrix of the Hawthorne Blvd. Specific Plan and the related negative declaration.

Ordinance No. 1026-09 | Approved 6/15/2009
Amends the Hawthorne Blvd. Specific Plan to (i) allow for institutional and open spaces, (ii) achieve consistency between the General Plan and the Zoning Ordinance, and (iii) accurately reflect existing and likely future land uses and adopting the related negative declaration.

Ordinance No. 1147-18 | Approved 10/1/2018
Amends the Hawthorne Blvd. Specific Plan to increase the lot coverage of the General Commercial Zone from 50% to 90%.

The department's counter is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applicaitons, plans, payments, and other documents are still being processed utilizing the following methods:

Payment Notice:
Cash, credit cards, debit cards, and card authorization forms are not accepted at this time.

We are only accpeting check's, cashier's check's, and money orders made payable to the City of Lawndale at this time.

1. Drop-Off Bin:

Patron's can leave their application, plans, payments and documents inside the drop-off bin located just outside the main entrance doors of City Hall. The bin is available during our normal business hours: Monday - Thursday, 7 am to 6 pm.

Do not drop-off any items outside of these hours!

2. Mail

Patron's can also mail-in their items. Please using the following address to send in your item:

City of Lawndale
Community Development Department
14717 Burin Avenue
Lawndale, CA 90260

3. E-Mail:
Patron's may submit their applications and plans by e-mail by sending them to the following e-mail addresses:

Note: Physical copies of plans are still required when submitting new or revised plans.

Adrian Gutierrez
Phone: (310) 973-3230

Esequiel Pimentel
Phone: (310) 973-3236

4. Inspections:
To schedule an inspection, please call the following numbers:

Building: (310) 973-3236 or
Planning: (310) 973-3230

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