Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday announced that Pasadena Planning Director Vince Bertoni has been nominated the new head of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP). Bertoni comes to the department with more than 25 years of planning experience – including a previous stint at LADCP.
“As we work together to shape the future of the Los Angeles cityscape, we need an expert at the helm who brings both fresh ideas and an intricate understanding of our city’s complex planning process,” Garcetti said. “Vince Bertoni’s experience, both here in Los Angeles and across the region, will add tremendous value to our city’s planning efforts. He is a professional who leads by collaborating and consensus-building – skills that will help him balance the diverse needs of our communities, and facilitate real progress in the ongoing conversation about development in this city.”
Bertoni served for five years as Pasadena’s Planning and Community Development Director. During that time, he managed Pasadena’s city planning program through a General Plan update, a comprehensive visioning process that happens once every 20 years.
Before joining the city of Pasadena, Bertoni served as a deputy planning director in Los Angeles, where he oversaw the adoption of 16 historic preservation overlay zones, new guidelines for the Broadway Historic District, a bicycle master plan and a Hollywood community plan.
Bertoni also has held lead planning posts in Beverly Hills, Santa Clarita and Malibu, and he serves as a member of the California Planning Roundtable.
Bertoni succeeds outgoing Planning Director Michael LoGrande, who is leaving the position after more than 18 years of service to the department. LoGrande helped approve more than 50,000 residential units in Los Angeles. He also launched a comprehensive rewrite of the city’s 1946 zoning code. Under LoGrande’s leadership, Los Angeles adopted the Mobility Plan 2035, as well as multiple community and transit-oriented development plans.
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