South West Valley Workshops

July 10th, 2017

Value Capture Ordinance

June 27th, 2017

An ordinance amending Sections 12.24, 14.00, and 14.3.1 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to clarify existing regulations and align affordability requirements across the range of zoning entitlements that allow for increased density or floor area ratio beyond what is allowed by zoning. The ordinance will ensure the creation of affordable housing through certain conditional use permits and public benefit projects.



VC_PublicHearing Notice

Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance

June 9th, 2017
The Department of City Planning has prepared the proposed Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance, which would establish location restrictions and a limited immunity from enforcement of specified City prohibitions relating to commercial cannabis activity. In addition, the Department has prepared an ordinance supplement with a land use review process option, which the City Council may incorporate at its discretion.
The proposed ordinance has been assigned a City Planning case number of CPC-2017-2260-CA. Please reference this number when corresponding with the Department regarding this case.
The Department will conduct a public hearing to gather input on the proposed ordinance. This hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010. All interested persons are invited to attend.
Attached to this email you will find the Hearing Notice; a Questions & Answers document providing additional information; the text of the proposed Ordinance; and the Ordinance Supplement. These documents are available at under “Ordinances” and “Proposed Ordinances,” along with a series of maps illustrating the approximate locations where commercial cannabis activity would be eligible to assert limited immunity under the proposed regulations.

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 Read the rest of this entry »


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 Read the rest of this entry »

PlanCheckNC December Meeting Report

December 20th, 2016

Minutes: Dec. 4, 2016
Chair: Cindy Cleghorn –
Planning Dept. external relations staff (NCs, CDs, Plan Comm): Yeghig Keshishian (213) 978-1324

Accessory Dwelling Units: Presentation
Matthew Glesne, Planning Dept.-Housing Unit (213) 978-2666

Original State Law in 1982, revised in 2003 to force cities to enact their own laws. Most ignored, so a revised State Law takes effect in Jan. 2017. Goal is to increase housing via a fast, by-right process.
§  Cities are allowed to reduce maximum size (State’s maximum size is 1,200 sf).
§  Eliminated 10-ft. separation between buildings (Fire no longer requires).
§  No parking required if within 0.5 miles of transit stop or in historic district.
§  Cities cannot create restrictions for only ADUs, all restrictions must be citywide in the zoning code.

City proposal
Previous City ordinance was illegal because it required a discretionary approval CUP (State requires a by-right permit).
604 ADUs permitted since 2000, and only 400 issued Read the rest of this entry »

Accessory Dwelling Units

December 10th, 2016

Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner at the Department of City Planning presented the latest updates at the December 10 PlanCheckNC meeting on the draft Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance CPC-2016-4345-CA that will be at the City Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

On September 27th, 2016, Governor Brown signed two accessory dwelling unit bills into State law, Assembly Bill (AB) 2299 and Senate Bill (SB) 1069 that amended the State’s existing second unit law (Government Code Section 65852.2). These amendments to the existing second unit law go into effect on January 1, 2017. The new version of State law makes clear that City ordinances which do not align with State law shall be “null and void” and that, until which time a jurisdiction adopts its own ordinance, in accordance with State law, the state standards specified in section 65852.2 shall be enforced.

On Thursday the City Planning Commission will hear testimony regarding the City’s  code amendment to add a new sub Read the rest of this entry »

BMO/BHO Code Amendment at PLUM Committee Tuesday 11/29/16

November 22nd, 2016
The City Council’s Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will consider the Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside (BMO/BHO) Code Amendment at its scheduled meeting on Tuesday November 29, 2016. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will take place in the Edward R. Roybal Board of Public Works Hearing Room (Room 350) of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
An agenda for the PLUM meeting will become available in the next few days at the following link: 29 2016
The Council File (CF 14-0656) for the Code Amendment may be accessed here:
At the meeting, interested parties will have the opportunity to speak and submit written information on the Code Amendment. Please note that multiple items will be on the agenda and the BMO/BHO item may not be taken up until well after the noticed start time.
The Council will also accept written comments on the Code Amendment. Written comments may be sent to; please reference Council File #14-0656 in your correspondence.
For questions, please contact Niall Huffman, (213) 978-3405.
Thank you for your continued interest in the BMO/BHO Code Amendment.

Job Opportunity: Deputy Director of Planning

November 15th, 2016

The filing period may close on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm
or until sufficient resumes are received.