Blog

Los Angeles City Planning engages with community members on a variety of land use issues. In addition to hosting events and speaking at neighborhood council meetings, City Planning staff maintain a blog to share updates and insights on planning matters.

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How Los Angeles Got Serious About Housing

Our City—rich in industry and creativity—has gained the unfortunate notoriety of being a major epicenter in the California housing crisis. The fundamental reason for our crisis is the same as in most global cities: an extreme shortage of housing, which has left Angelenos to face overcrowding, punishing commutes, or, all too often, homelessness.

What is the New Zoning Code?

City Planning is modernizing Los Angeles’s Zoning Code to align with contemporary planning needs. This is the first comprehensive update to the Code since 1946 and marks a major shift from strictly Euclidean zoning—the most common form of land use regulation in the United States—to a hybrid, or modular, zoning approach. 

Wrapping Up the Visioning Phase/ Envolver la fase de vision

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What is a Specific Plan?

A Specific Plan is a planning document that implements the goals and policies of the General

Housing Element & General Plan

In the State of California, cities are charged with developing a General Plan to inform their decisions—everything from their housing policies to their zoning regulations.

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The City of Los Angeles is embarking on  the 2021-2029 update to the Housing Element of the General Plan. The Housing Element identifies Los Angeles’s housing needs and establishes clear goals and objectives.

DRB Training

On Friday, May 11, and Friday, May 18, City Planning staff from the Valley, Central, and West-South Project Planning Geo Teams hosted the Citywide Design Review Board Member Trainings. Design Review Boards are comprised of citizen volunteers generally appointed by the City Council offices