Housing Element

2013-2021 Housing Element has been adopted by the City Council. The Housing Element of the General Plan identifies the City’s housing conditions and needs, establishes the goals, objectives, and policies that are the foundation of the City’s housing and growth strategy, and provides the array of programs the City intends to implement to create sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods across the City.
The Housing Element of the General Plan is organized into six chapters. Each chapter is organized into sections that address the topics described below. The full document as well as individual Appendices can be found below.
  • Executive Summary and Introduction

  • Chapter 1. Housing Needs Assessment
      Provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the City’s population, household, and housing stock characteristics in order to identify the variety of housing needs across the City.

  • Chapter 2. Constraints on Housing Maintenance, Improvement, and Development
      Addresses regulations and conditions that constitute constraints to housing production and preservation, including governmental regulations, infrastructure requirements and market conditions such as land, construction and labor costs as well as restricted financing availability.

  • Chapter 3. Inventory of Sites for Housing
      State housing element law requires the City to show that it has adequate land zoned to accommodate expected population growth. The figure is called the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). For the 8-year RHNA period (2014-2021), the number of housing units estimated to be needed in Los Angeles is 82,002. The Inventory of Sites for Housing (along with Appendix H) identifies parcels suitable for additional residential development without the need for any discretionary zoning action by the City.

  • Chapter 4. Opportunities for Conservation in Residential Development
      State housing element law requires cities to identify opportunities for energy conservation in residential development. The City has broadened this analysis to include water conservation, alternative energy sources and sustainable development policies and programs that support conservation and reduces demand.

  • Chapter 5. Review of the 2006-2014 Housing Element
      Preparation of the Housing Element Update included the essential step of evaluating the current 2006-2014 Housing Element in order to identify progress and evaluate the effectiveness of previous policies and programs.

  • Chapter 6. Housing Goals, Policies, Objectives and Programs
      The objectives, policies and implementation programs under each goal speak to the diverse housing needs across a city as such as Los Angeles. Each program was crafted to meet particular housing needs of the City, whether they are renters or homeowners, or populations with special needs.

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  • Appendices