Archive for the ‘Zoning Code Reform’ Category

re:code LA Virtual Forum is April 26 @ 7 p.m.

April 22nd, 2016

Opportunity to participate in the Public Forum from the convenience of your own computer but you must sign up.

Thank you to everyone who’s joined us so far at our 2016 Public Forums!
If you weren’t able to attend any of our in-person forums or have more questions you want to ask our team, it’s not too late.

We will be hosting a Virtual Forum on April 26th at (more…)

reCode Public Forum

April 6th, 2016

Screen shot 2016-02-22 at 11.33.14 AMreCode Public Form this Saturday in the Harbor at Peck Park Community, 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732

reCode Public Forums

February 21st, 2016
Screen shot 2016-02-22 at 11.33.14 AMUpcoming Public Forums
We are ready to unveil the first components of our new Zoning Code! Come to any one of our 7 open house public forums for an up-close look.

– See more at: http://recode.la/updates/news/public-forums-sneak-peek-new-zoning-code  http://recode.la/updates/news/public-forums-sneak-peek-new-zoning-code

Report of August 8 Meeting & Matrix

August 10th, 2015

PlanCheck Report on the August 8 meeting – Lisa Webber, Deputy Director at L.A. City Planning Department presented the latest updates at City Planning.  A copy of her PowerPoint presentation will be posted later.  In the meantime, here are notes from the meeting

Min PlanCheckNC 15.8

Here is the link to the latest updated PlanCheckNC Matrix

PLANCHECK MATRIX SUMMER 2015 UPDATE 4

ZAC Meeting April 22

April 15th, 2015
April 22, 2015
 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Robert Janovici Conference Room, Room 525 City Hall

200 North Spring Street (more…)

Zoning Advisory Committee Meeting

July 21st, 2014

ZAC Meeting
July 23, 2014; 6-8 PM
Robert Janovici Conference Room, Room 525, City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
1. General Announcements (more…)

ZAC Meeting

July 13th, 2014
Neighborhood Councils are encouraged to participate in this meeting.  Check back for update and meeting agenda.  Please save the date.
July 23, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Robert Janovici Conference Room, Room 525 City Hall

200 North Spring Street

Los Angeles CA 90012

The Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) is currently scheduled to meet on this date from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Please check back for a posted agenda

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LA Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) Announced

November 27th, 2013

Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC)
The Director of Planning announces the re:code LA Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC)

The following 21 Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) members will play a vital role in the re:code LA effort by providing guidance on zoning policy direction. Represented interests include academia (environmental, transportation, and design), neighborhood organizations, social activism, business, and development. The ZAC members possess valuable expertise and unique perspectives on zoning and planning in the City of Los Angeles. The re:code LA team looks forward to working with this outstanding team in the upcoming years.

Fred Abdelnour
Sharon Commins
Kathy Delle Donne
Liz Falletta
Noel Fleming
Lark Galloway-Gilliam
Simon Ha
Edgar Khalatian
Louis Krokover
Mia Lehrer
Yvette Lopez-Ledesma
Romerol Malveaux
Joel Miller
Bill Roschen
Donald Shoup
Carol Sidlow
John Stammreich
Elizabeth Timme
Yasmin Tong
Mark Vallianatos
Richard Willson

We received 140 applications, but unfortunately we can only appoint a limited number of individuals. Therefore we were not able to select some extremely talented, experienced, and respected people, in most cases because there was already sufficient representation from the same interest or region of the City.

The re:code LA team would like to thank all of these applicants for being willing to lend their time and expertise to this effort, and look forward to working with them other ways.

re:code LA is the first comprehensive update to the Los Angeles Zoning Code since 1946. This five year initiative aims to develop a modern and user-friendly Code in order to create livable communities, encourage sustainable development, and foster economic vitality. Please invite your friends and neighbors to visit us at recode.la to learn more about the project and sign up for email updates.

Contact Us
Tom.Rothmann@lacity.org
Erick.Lopez@lacity.org
visit our website at www.recode.la
twitter.com/recodeLA
facebook.com/recodeLA

Zoning Code Revision – Council Vote on Funding This Friday (11/2) at 10 AM

October 30th, 2012

Greetings All:

The City Council will be voting on a major funding component of the Department’s efforts to comprehensively revise the City’s Zoning Code.  If you can find the time to attend, we would appreciate your participation.  The meeting is currently scheduled for this Friday (11/2) at 10 AM:

JOHN FERRARO COUNCIL CHAMBER
ROOM 340, CITY HALL
200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
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You can find the agenda here (Item No. 1 – Council File No. 12-0600-S160):
http://ens.lacity.org/clk/councilagendas/clkcouncilagendas379487_11022012.pdf

The Council will be acting on an ordinance that temporarily increases the existing General Plan Maintenance Surcharge from 3% to 5% for a period of five years with a sunset clause.  This surcharge applies to any permit, plan check, license, or planning application fee.  This action would secure the funding necessary to initiate the project as outlined in our five-year work program and budget plan.  For details, please see the links at the end of this email.

Funding for this project will be coming from three different sources, all of which are General Fund neutral (meaning that no additional tax dollars will be going towards this initiative): 1) the General Fund to fund the existing Department of City Planning staff; 2) the General Plan Maintenance Surcharge to fund the additional City staff needed; and 3) the Construction Services Trust Fund (CSTF) to fund the consultants needed to accomplish these tasks.

The City Council approved funding from the CSTF for the first year of the five-year work program on June 19, 2012.  Funding from the CSTF will be granted on an annual basis as part of the Department’s annual budgetary process.

BACKGROUND

The last time the City of Los Angeles did a comprehensive revision was when the current Zoning Code was first adopted in 1946.  It has since grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a 600+ page book does not reflect our 21st Century needs or vision.

The proposal will result in a new Zoning Code that:
Establishes clear & predictable language
More effectively implements the Goals & Objectives of the General Plan and Community Plans
Offers a wider variety of zoning options that protect and/or enhance our communities
Reflects the diversity of Los Angeles and allows each neighborhood to maintain a distinct sense of place
Accommodates the City’s current and future needs
Improves the built environment, economic vitality, & quality of life
Is an economic development tool that will help shore up the City’s tax base
The work program includes an enhanced public participation strategy that will include many opportunities for public involvement and feedback.  Our Department is committed to an open and transparent process that ensures that all stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate and contribute to the new land use and development standards.

The project will not: 1) override any existing Specific Plans or Overlays; or 2) result in the wholesale “up-zoning” of the City.  Although changes will eventually be pursued in order to implement the new Zoning Code, the proposed work program does not include any amendments to the current Zoning designations.  Any future changes will include notifications and public hearings.

OTHER INFORMATION

Below is a link to the Council File for the proposal.  It includes copies of the Department’s funding request which outlines the proposed work program and budget plan, as well as other reports and comments submitted to date.

Council File No. 12-0460
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=12-0460

Help us spread the word by forwarding this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email erick.lopez@lacity.org and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type “Add Me To Zoning Code Notification List” in the subject line.

If you are on  Facebook , please visit our Los Angeles City Planning – Code Studies page at http://www.facebook.com/LACityCodeStudies.  Click on the “like” button and you will receive updates in your news feed regarding this project and other proposed Zoning Ordinances as they become available.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or David Olivo at david.olivo@lacity.org; email is preferred.

Erick Lopez
City of Los Angeles | Department of City Planning
Code Studies | Office of Zoning Administration
erick.lopez@lacity.org | 213.978.1323

For updates on Code Studies projects, please “like” us on Facebook.

City Zoning Code 5-year Work Program Moving Forward

June 23rd, 2012

Greetings All:

The City Council has approved funding from the Construction Services Trust Fund (CSTF) for the first year of a five-year work program to revise the City’s Zoning Code.  This historic action marks the beginning of one of the City’s most significant planning initiatives to date.  The project now has enough funding to proceed to the next step.

Our Department will prepare and release a Request for Proposals to select the consultant team, and begin taking steps to initiate the creation of a brand new Zoning Code.  We expect to be ready to embark on this effort by December 2012.

Funding from the CSTF will be granted on an annual basis as part of the Department’s annual budgetary process.  We have committed to providing quarterly status reports on the Zoning Code Revision project to the Planning & Land Use Management Committee, which will also be available to the public.

The remainder of the funding will come from an Ordinance to increase the General Plan Maintenance Surcharge from 3% to 5% for a period of five years with a sunset clause, which will follow shortly and be prepared in cooperation with the City Attorney’s Office.

BACKGROUND

The last time the City of Los Angeles did a comprehensive revision was when the current Zoning Code was first adopted in 1946.  It has since grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a 600+ page book does not reflect our 21st Century needs or vision.

The proposal will result in a new Zoning Code that:
Establishes clear & predictable language
More effectively implements the Goals & Objectives of the General Plan and Community Plans
Offers a wider variety of zoning options that protect and/or enhance our communities
Reflects the diversity of Los Angeles and allows each neighborhood to maintain a distinct sense of place
Accommodates the City’s current and future needs
Improves the built environment, economic vitality, & quality of life
Is an economic development tool that will help shore up the City’s tax base
The five-year work program includes three major deliverables:
Dynamic Web-Based Zoning Code – Clear & Predictable Code that allows for customized/interactive on-line experience
Layperson’s Guide to Zoning – Easy-to-Read Guides that help people navigate regulations & procedures
Unified Downtown Development Code – New Zoning Tools for revitalization of Downtown within first 24-30 months of the program; ensuring it is poised to lead the charge for Los Angeles’s economic recovery
The work program includes an enhanced public participation strategy that will include many opportunities for public involvement and feedback.  Our Department is committed to an open and transparent process that ensures that all stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate and contribute to the new land use and development standards.

The project will not: 1) override any existing Specific Plans or Overlays; or 2) result in the wholesale “up-zoning” of the City.  Although changes will eventually be pursued in order to implement the new Zoning Code, the proposed work program does not include any amendments to the current Zoning designations.  Any future changes will include notifications and public hearings.

OTHER INFORMATION

Below is a link to the Council File for the proposal.  It includes copies of the Department’s funding request which outlines the proposed work program and budget plan, as well as other reports and comments submitted to date.

Council File No. 12-0460
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=12-0460

Help us spread the word by forwarding this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email erick.lopez@lacity.org and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type “Add Me To Zoning Code Notification List” in the subject line.

If you are on  Facebook , please visit our Los Angeles City Planning – Code Studies page at http://www.facebook.com/LACityCodeStudies.  Click on the “like” button and you will receive updates in your news feed regarding this project and other proposed Zoning Ordinances as they become available.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or David Olivo at david.olivo@lacity.org; email is preferred.

Erick Lopez
City of Los Angeles | Department of City Planning
Code Studies | Office of Zoning Administration
erick.lopez@lacity.org | 213.978.1323