Fox Inc. is one step closer to a sweeping renovation of its Century City lot with the issuance by the Los Angeles City Planning Dept. of a final Environmental Impact Report regarding the studio’s plans.

Interested parties will now have time to examine the 818-page document before public hearings are held, probably starting in January.

Certain well-heeled homeowners groups, such as the Cheviot Hills and California Country Club Homeowners associations, have sought to block the expansion through litigation and other avenues, fearing traffic congestion should the expansion plan be enacted.

The final EIR looks into traffic as well as such areas as air quality, noise, parking, aesthetics/views, shade/shadow, historic resources, parking and land use.

In regard to traffic, the report says various mitigation measures –such as a trip-reduction plan and a traffic-monitoring system proposed by the studio–will “reduce the impact of increases in peak hour traffic volumes below the thresholds of significance.”

In regard to parking, the study suggests that an increase to 4,500 spaces and proposed parking-monitoring plan would deal with homeowner concerns about parking spilling over into neighboring residential areas.

Fox has suggested that it may be forced to leave its historic Century City lot if thwarted in its renovation aims, which call for 771,000 square feet of new studio-related facilities, increasing the current capacity on the historic 53-acre lot by 69%.

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