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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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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.

Zoning in Los Angeles

Zoning determines the size, shape, style, and location of buildings in a given area. If cities were living organisms, zoning would be their genetic code.  As genes determine people’s height and eye color, zoning dictates the land use rules at the local level.

Planning4LA

You may have noticed a few recent changes at Los Angeles City Planning. We’ve grown, we’ve planned, and we’ve transformed. Part of this transformation is creating a concise, consistent, lasting, and relevant brand — Los Angeles City Planning.

Why is GIS Technology Important to Urban Planning?

What is GIS? GIS = Geographic Information System. What does that mean in layman’s terms? 

What is the Home-Sharing Program?

In December 2018, the City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2), establishing a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to one's primary residence, in order to prevent the wholesale conversation of

FrameWORK: Urban Form and Neighborhood Design - Part One

Our FrameWORK series on the Los Angeles General Plan Framework Element  is intended to introduce you to the citywide document that lays down the guiding princ