Roadmap Check: Zoning Code Evaluation Finalized, Go Forth and Code

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Dec 17 2014

Where Are We Now?

Zoning Code Evaluation Report Finalized

The project team has incorporated the feedback from the public, City Planning Commission, Planning & Land Use Management Committee, and City Council on the direction for re:code LA, and the Zoning Code Evaluation Report is now complete. We have posted the final report to our Project Downloads page and announced it on our homepage, Facebook, and Twitter.

Go Forth and Code

Now that we have posted the final Zoning Code Evaluation Report, work on the new Downtown Code and Citywide Zoning Code has begun. The Downtown Code is currently scheduled for release in the summer or fall of 2015. The Citywide Zoning Code will be released in modules (large "chunks") as they are completed. The re:code LA team and the City's decision-makers are working hard to provide opportunities to participate in the crafting of the new Zoning Code.

  • The Zoning Advisory Committee holds monthly meetings (open to the public) where it provides feedback on the various aspects of the new Zoning Code. This is an opportunity for you to listen in on discussions about early draft proposals.
  • Regional and Virtual Forums will be conducted as each module is released for feedback from the general public.
  • The City Planning Commission's re:code LA Subcommittee will conduct a series of public meetings to discuss best practices for zoning codes.
  • The PLUM Committee will continue to receive quarterly updates and consider specific proposals as they become available. It will also receive comments, and consider requests for changes, from other Council Offices.

Please visit our project calendar for the latest list of upcoming meetings.


Stay Involved!

All of the hard work and ideas that you have invested so far on this journey toward our new Zoning Code will be guiding our work for the next three to four years. The re:code LA team values your engagement in the biggest overhaul to the City’s Zoning Code since 1946. We will continue to integrate the feedback you provide on MapIt and polls throughout this process. Please stay tuned for more updates, browse through our articles about different zoning topics that affect you, and keep an eye out for new content weekly. The latest happenings with re:code LA are posted on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.


Part 1 is there an email for me to send this to? Clashes, 'cognitive dissonance' become apparent after reading through the 80 plus pages and seeing no reconciliation or resolution given to balancing Form-based code with Content-based code with Density-based code with Simplicity-based code with Participatory-based code with Streamlining with standards and FAQs-based code. Certainly, there is a richness of themes, but no symphony has yet emerged. The planning process for every planning action or algorithm is a multi-variance process of sifting, sorting and analysis. This realization is missing. The incredible level of abstraction must have real-world examples or cases behind the droning on illustrative, but hypothetical examples. Illustrative examples must refer to and describe real world successes and failures. We learn more from failures. If the goal is not to learn from failures of the application of an old code, but rather dwelling on the sole fact it's a old code, then this Draft is on the right path. Sadly, though the only successful outcome of this effort so far is that consultants were paid. A premise implicit in the writing is that by controlling and regulating visual or form of the built environment will engender Quality of Life improvements. This is a false premise. It takes a garden, at least. Reliance on streamlining is out of balance with the right-mindedness of establishing performance-based zoning outcomes. Some of it was touched on like reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Missing, though is reference to required compliance with California law AB 32, SB 375, that mandates developers adhere to transit-oriented, mixed use, pedestrian friendly proposals. And that developers demonstrate a twenty-year water supply. Municipalities like Los Angeles must add up the aggregate water draw for projects that fly under the radar of the law’s 500-unit statutory trigger. "SB 221 and 610 are part of a broader state effort to impose water supply planning safeguards on a highly decentralized planning system. The proximate targets were the state’s fifty-eight counties and more than 475 incorporated municipalities that have local land use authority – forcing them to coordinate with the local water utilities to ascertain whether adequate supplies are available to support new development.4 However, California’s urban water supply is also highly decentralized, with hundreds of utilities serving these diverse communities. The effectiveness of SB 221 and 610 depends on the quality of the planning efforts of these utilities." Planning must zone a resilient amount of Living buildings with roof and ground permaculture, with Zero Net Energy, parkland, groundwater recharge to the aquifer, close to work and housing. Where is the Planning Mission in the code? The explosion of City-Council, politicized planning outcomes must be severely curtailed by Planning to comply with State Law and resilience. The political will must recognize the overwhelming scientific consensus that we are experiencing and witnessing this, the Sixth Great Mass Extinction, in this, the Anthropocene Era of Extreme Climate Catastrophic Events, practicing risk management, not the politics of the moment, to see a steady-state, prosperous economy, yet sober, assessment-based, as insurance companies who are deciding what and where to insure in this uncertain future. Planning by the Pentagon weighs on the side of a future wrought with Extreme Climate-caused collapse. Planning policy based on mitigation has given way to policy based on adaptation. Mitigation measures will bankrupt but adaptation offers a future borne of sober assessment, gaming-changing ideas and paradigm change.

None of the event links work particularly not the one for monthly meetings or the general events link. Please send event related email updates until this is fixed.

I tried clicking on the Upcoming Meetings link, and got this message: Page not found The page you were looking for could not be found. Perhaps one of these pages would help: So I clicked on the first link in the list, which was Upcoming Events, and got the same message. I am anxious to attend some of these meetings. Please inform me of the date, time, location via e-mail.

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