Joint Statement from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilmember Tom La-Bonge on NBCUniversal Evolution Plan
Supervisor, Councilmember Led Community Efforts to Oppose Residential Development on NBCUniversal Backlot
The Final EIR on NBCUniversal’s long-term Evolution Plan contains a “no-residential alternative” that eliminates 2,937 residential units and associated retail and community-serving uses that would have been located on what is now a portion of the studio backlot. The no-residential alternative was strongly urged in writing by Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
“I applaud NBCUniversal’s decision to respond to the community’s and our feedback and eliminate the residential component of this project,” Yaroslavsky said. “I am pleased that NBCUniversal and Comcast are focusing on the core elements of their studio and entertainment businesses, which in turn will provide a huge economic boost toLos Angeles.” Yaroslavsky added, “The Evolution Plan project without residential represents a long-term investment in irreplaceable production space. That investment will yield thousands of well-paying jobs, serve as a shot in the arm forLos Angelestourism, and provide a major boost for our hometown movie and television industry.”
“I have always opposed this kind of development on the NBCUniversal backlot,” said Councilmember Tom LaBonge. “I want to see balanced development, and I support investments that would protect and upgrade the studio complex. Eliminating these nearly 3,000 housing units is an important step so that the region can benefit from the jobs and revenues produced on the property. NBCUniversal has been and continues to be a critical part of our regional and state economic engine. It’s important that we focus on Studio jobs on this critical studio property.”
Yaroslavsky concluded, “Our work is not done. There will undoubtedly be remaining matters to resolve, and we look forward to reviewing the Final EIR and continuing to work with all interested stakeholders during the upcoming public process. Today’s release of the no-residential alternative, which NBCUniversal has embraced, represents a win for theLos Angeleseconomy, a win for Universal, and a win for the community.”