Archive for February, 2017

Affordable Housing Linkage Fee Ordinance

February 17th, 2017

FAQs and an Information Sheet on the proposed Linkage Fee have been released. Also the updated ordinance.

The ordinance will be heard at City Planning Commission on February 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Council Chamber on the 2nd Floor of Van Nuys City Hall located at 14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, California 91401.

CPC-2016-3431-CA Council District: All
CEQA: ENV-2016-3432-ND Las Day to Act: N/A
Plan Area: Citywide

An ordinance adding Section 21.18 and amending Section 16.02 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, as well as adding Section 5.578 of Chapter 172 of the Administrative Code, establishing an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee, and directing Linkage Fees (more…)


February 13th, 2017

Thank you to Claire Bowin, Diana Kitching, and Fabiola Inzunza from the OurLA2040 team at City Planning for their presentation on Feb. 11.

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Check back in a day or two for handouts from Saturday’s meeting.

Mansionization Action Alert

February 1st, 2017

Sometime in the next few weeks, the City Council will adopt amendments to the flawed citywide mansionization ordinances (BMO and BHO), and we need all hands on deck.  This is an opportunity for you to talk to your Council office before that vote.

As they stand, the amendments make real improvements on the current ordinance.  But one last loophole remains – they still don’t fully count attached garages as floor space. This is the single most damaging feature of the ordinance.  Attached garages add hundreds of square feet of bloat, do away with driveways that put a buffer between houses, and disrupt the look and feel of many LA neighborhoods.

We’re not asking for a ban on attached garages — we’re even shrugging off the exemption for garages attached at the back of the house.  But we are asking that garages attached at the front count as part of the house.

Mansionization is part of a bigger picture.  Across the city, all kinds of people (more…)