Radford Studio Center does not presently have a comprehensive framework guiding development of the studio. As a result, the growth that has taken place over the studio’s nearly 100-year history has been reactive, sporadic and, ultimately, inadequate.
Specific Plans are an effective tool for guiding the development of studio campuses so that changes are implemented in a regulated, coordinated and predictable manner. A Specific Plan is a popular form of a land use overlay, which 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 to tailored rules on historic preservation. The characteristics of a Specific Plan provide the flexibility and adaptability that modern studios require, which is why Specific Plans have been adopted for numerous studio projects throughout Southern California, including NBC Universal and Paramount Pictures.
By providing a framework that applies to the entire 55-acre property, the studio can be modernized in a coordinated manner. Utilizing a Specific Plan framework, the Radford Studio Center Plan will:
- Integrate the mix of programmatic elements of a studio and maximize synergies and efficiencies between people, uses and facilities.
- Transform a sea of scattered surface parking, ad-hoc construction, and outdated sound stages into a modern studio ecosystem.
- Bring a more choreographed design to internal automobiles and pedestrian circulation, optimizing production operations and logistics as well as pedestrian access and safety.
- Include a comprehensive plan to activate the frontage along the Los Angeles River and Tujunga Wash in accordance with the LA River Master Plan, as well as public realm improvements along the project’s perimeter.
- Provide regulations regarding height, signage, design, and uses.