Los Angeles Zoning Code Overhaul
Los Angeles is undertaking the most significant revisions to its zoning code since 1946.
The Recode LA initiative is likely to reduce the number of zones, overlay districts and Specific Plan areas; allow more density in more zones; reduce parking requirements; reduce open space requirements; impose fewer restrictions on uses; and streamline development approvals.
At the same time, a legacy effort to update the zoning code via piecemeal ordinances continues (see box at lower right).
The new ordinances and zoning code will dramatically affect our neighborhoods and tens of thousands of buildings over time.
LA Neighbors United supports streamlining the Los Angeles Zoning Code to consolidate language, eliminate redundancies, and modernize and strengthen the code to effect better planning.
Streamlining project permitting and maintaining the integrity of Community and Specific Plans through clear, strong code are not mutually exclusive. In fact, we must do both to make Los Angeles an even better place to live and do business… protecting and enhancing neighborhoods, commercial centers, boulevards and scenic areas.
We are concerned that some of the proposed changes will weaken or eliminate important protections, with potentially significant negative impacts on residential communities and commercial districts.
Recode LA: Key Documents
Final Zoning Code Evaluation Report (December 2014)
Planning Department Recommendation Report – Supplemental (June 2014)
Planning Department Recommendation Report (May 2014)
Zoning Code Evaluation Report (March 2014)
Proposed Ordinance Would Enable Buildings to Exceed Height, Size Limits In New Zones
Planning Department Report on Master Planned Development Zone Ordinance
First of 10 New Code Simplification Laws: Core Findings Ordinance
Final Core Findings Ordinance
Core Findings Ordinance as
Approved by CPC on January 13, 2011 and by City Council PLUM Committee
on May 17, 2011
LA Neighbors Comments
on Revised Core Findings Ordinance
Planning Department Revised Core
Conditional Use Permits and Other Approvals Subject
to Core Findings
LA Neighbors Specific Recommendations on Core Findings
Pacific Palisades Specific Recommendations on Core Findings
City Comments on Core Findings
LA Times Reports: Other Cities Also
Gutting Zoning to Raise Cash
LA Neighbors' Brazeman Reiterates
Personal Support for 12-2 Development Reform, Elimination of City
Houston on the Pacific?
Planning Department Report on First Proposed Ordinance
- Core Findings
Update on Zone Code Reform Project (June 2010)
of Zone Code Reform Project