Code Amendments

In Los Angeles, the City Council, City Planning Commission, and Director of Planning initiate amendments to the Zoning Code. These Code amendments are often limited in scope and are intended to either address a local issue, reflect changes to federal and state legislation, or implement a new program.

Adoption Process

The adoption process for an ordinance begins when the item is first considered by the City Planning Commission, and ends when the City Council formally adopts the ordinance and the Mayor signs it into law.

Adoption Process chart

Below is a list of the targeted Code amendments that are currently underway.

Project Title Summary Documents Dates

Mello Act Ordinance

CPC-2019-7393-CA
CF 15-0129-S1

The proposed ordinance would establish a city ordinance that implements California Government Code Sections 65590 - 65590.1, also known as the Mello Act. The Mello Act seeks to preserve and expand the number of affordable dwelling units in the Coastal Zone areas of the State of California.  

Staff contact: Christine Saponara, Senior City Planner (818) 374-5068, planning.mello@lacity.org

Public Hearing: July 8, 2020   City Planning Commission: Fall 2020   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: Draft ordinance released in December, 2019 and two community meetings were hosted in January, 2020. Informational Session and Public hearing scheduled for July 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Deemed to be Approved Alcohol Permits

CF 17-0957

This Ordinance would address land use operating standards applicable to existing alcohol establishments that do not have a Conditional Use Permit and operate under ‘grandfathered’ land use rights to sell alcohol at a property, and use the City of Oakland’s Deemed Approved Ordinance as a model, inasmuch as it is recognized nationally as a best practice, and replicated by cities nationwide.

Staff contact: Niall Huffman, City Planning Associate (213) 978-3405 niall.huffman@lacity.org

Public Hearing:   City Planning Commission: TBD   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: Pending outreach.

Baldwin Vista R1 Variation Zone Change

CF 16-1470-S3

Creation a new sub-zone of the R1 (Single Family) Variation Zone (Ordinance No. 184802), in the Baldwin Vista neighborhood generally bounded by La Cienega Boulevard to the West; La Brea Avenue to the East; Coliseum Street to the North; and Kenneth Hahn Park to the South.

Staff contact: Susan Wong, City Planner (213) 978-1472 susan.s.wong@lacity.org

Public Hearing:   City Planning Commission: TBD   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: Staff is  preparing for the Public Hearing.

Citywide Sign Ordinance

CPC-2015-3059-CA
CF #11-1705

The proposed ordinance amends the Los Angeles Municipal Code to enact new criteria for the establishment of Sign Districts, create new relief provisions for certain deviations from the sign regulations, establish administrative civil penalties for violations of the sign regulations, and enact related technical corrections and other measures to control the potential impacts of signs on traffic safety and the visual environment.

Staff contact: Andrew Pennington, Planning Assistant (213) 978-1395 andrew.pennington@lacity.org

Public Hearing:   City Planning Commission: 10/22/15 Letter of Determination   PLUM Meeting: 8/13/19 8/13/2019 Report to PLUM   City Council: TBD

Status: The City Council adopted the Planning and Land Use Management Committee’s latest report on the Citywide Sign Ordinance and an amending motion on September 27th, 2019. Staff is preparing a revised ordinance for review by the CPC at a date TBD.

Commercial Cannabis Location Restrictions Ordinance: Technical Amendment

CF 14-0366-S4
CF 14-0366-S5

This ordinance would modify the 2017 location restrictions for commercial cannabis activity, including minor changes to the definitions of certain sensitive sites as well as to the provisions concerning grandfathering of Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (EMMDs).

Staff contact: Niall Huffman, City Planning Associate (213) 978-3405 niall.huffman@lacity.org

Public Hearing: November 13, 2019   City Planning Commission: 2/13/20 Continued 2/13/20 Meeting Audio Tentatively scheduled 8/27/20   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: Continued by CPC in February, 2020; Staff is preparing a supplemental report for 8/27/20 meeting.

Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP) Amendment

CPC-2018-5580-SP
CF 13-0078-S1

The proposed ordinance would eliminate a five-year time limit on Affordable Housing Strategy B, allowing incentives for affordable housing to continue indefinitely.

Staff contact: Clare Kelley, City Planner (213) 978-1207, clare.kelley@lacity.org

Public Hearing: November 7, 2018   City Planning Commission: 1/10/2019 Meeting Audio   PLUM Meeting: 9/17/2019   City Council: TBD

Status: The CASP Amendment has been approved by the City Planning Commission and is pending Council approval. Per the recommendations from the City Attorney, City Planning has been directed to amend the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan, Ordinance No. 182617, to eliminate the five-year time limit of Affordable Housing Bonus Option Strategy B.[a][b]

Home-Sharing Ordinance: Amendment

CPC-(# if available)
CF 18-1245

In response to a City Council motion, Los Angeles City Planning has drafted a proposed amendment to the City’s Home-Sharing Ordinance to permit and regulate the use of owner-occupied units subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) for home-sharing. Under the proposed framework, the City would permit a limited number of owner-occupied RSO units to participate in Home-Sharing, while incorporating provisions to ensure that there is limited impact to the availability of rent-stabilized housing for long-term residential use and to limit potential abuse.

Staff contact: Cally Hardy, City Planning Associate, (213) 978-1643 cally.hardy@lacity.org

Public Hearing: July 9, 2020   City Planning Commission: 6/4/2020   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: Informational Session and Public hearing scheduled for July 9, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Private Detention Centers Ordinance

CF 19-0742

Amendment to the City’s zoning code to prohibit the construction and operation of private detention centers in Los Angeles.

Staff contact: Fabiola Inzunza, City Planning Associate, (213) 918-1321 fabiola.inzunza@lacity.org

Public Hearing:   City Planning Commission: TBD   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: Staff is conducting research and preparing a draft ordinance.

Processes and Procedures Ordinance

CPC-2016-3182-CA
CF 12-0460-S4

To make zoning regulations more user-friendly, transparent, and predictable, the proposed ordinance would systematically reorganize the administrative provisions of the Zoning Code.

Staff contact: Bonnie Kim, City Planner (213) 978-1330, bonnie.kim@lacity.org

Public Hearing: June 26, 2018   City Planning Commission: 10/11/2018 Meeting Audio   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: The Processes and Procedures Ordinance was approved by the City Planning Commission in 2018. City Planning has made additional edits to the ordinance and will be returning the ordinance to the City Planning Commission in the Fall of 2020 after conducting additional outreach.

Protected Tree and Shrub Ordinance

CPC-2016-4520-CA
CF #13-1339

The proposed ordinance would extend protected status to two indigenous shrubs, the Mexican Elderberry and the Toyon. The ordinance would also update the definition of a tree expert, modify the measurement criteria for protected trees and shrubs, and increase the number of trees and shrubs required to be planted when a protected tree or shrub is removed.

Staff contact: Darby Whipple, City Planning Assistant (213) 978-1475 darby.whipple@lacity.org

Public Hearing: July 20, 2017   City Planning Commission: 3/22/2018 Meeting Audio   PLUM Meeting: 9/13/2019   City Council: TBD

Status: On September 17, 2019, the Planning and Land Use Management Committee transmitted the proposed ordinance to the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee without recommendation.

Restaurant Beverage Program Ordinance


CF 17-0981

The proposed ordinance would shorten the processing time and lower the cost of obtaining a Conditional Use Permit to serve alcoholic beverages for certain types of sit-down restaurants.

Staff contact: Niall Huffman, City Planning Associate (213) 978-3405 niall.huffman@lacity.org

Public Hearing: December 5th, 2018 and January 31st, 2019   City Planning Commission: 6/25/2020 Meeting Audio   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: Approved by the City Planning Commision on June 25, 2020. The draft ordinance will be transmitted to the City Clerk for consideration by the PLUM Committee.

Ridgeline Ordinance

CF 11-1441-S1

Adoption of Ridgeline Ordinance Supplemental Use District and development standards. Zone Change Ordinance to apply the Ridgeline Ordinance SUD to the Bel Air Beverly Crest area.

Staff contact: Patrick Whelan, City Planning Associate (213) 978-1370 patrick.whalen@lacity.org

Susan Wong, City Planner (213) 978-1472 susan.s.wong@lacity.org

 

Public Hearing:   City Planning Commission: TBD   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: City Planning has begun their initial research and outreach.

Temporary Signs on Construction Walls Code Amendment

CPC-2017-455-CA
CF 17-0893

The proposed ordinance would clarify regulations pertaining to temporary signs on temporary construction walls and on wood fences surrounding vacant lots.

Staff contact: Darby Whipple, City Planning Assistant (213) 978-1475 darby.whipple@lacity.org

Public Hearing: March 8, 2017   City Planning Commission: 5/25/2017 Meeting Audio Determination Letter   PLUM Meeting: March 19, 2019 Report to PLUM 3/3/2020   City Council: TBD

Status: The Temporary Signs on Construction Walls Code Amendment is currently on hold pending Council direction.

Vacation Rental Ordinance

CF 18-1246

The proposed ordinance would regulate the use of non-primary residences for short-term rentals as Vacation Rentals, and establish limitations.

Staff contact: Patrick Whalen, City Planning Associate, (213) 978-1370 patrick.whalen@lacity.org

Public Hearing: 12/19/2019   City Planning Commission: 12/19/2019 Meeting Audio   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: 2nd draft of Negative Declaration, just went out for publication, awaiting close for a 30 day period before moving on to PLUM.

Ventura-Cahuenga Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan Amendment

CF 17-1071

The proposed amendment ordinance would update the Specific Plan to modernize existing regulations, streamline existing processes, and translate existing land use regulations into the City’s comprehensive update to the Zoning Code.

Staff contact: Courtney Schoenwald, City Planner (818) 374-9916, courtney.schoenwald@lacity.org 

Delia Arriaga, Planning Assistant (818) 374-5035, delia.arriaga@lacity.org

Public Hearing:   City Planning Commission: TBD   PLUM Meeting: TBD   City Council: TBD

Status: City Planning staff hosted an Open House on the evening of Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Crespi Carmelite High School. The next step includes further research and developing the draft amendment. There will be future public meetings. If you have questions or would like to submit a comment, please email planning.venturacahuengaspa@lacity.org.