Project Updates

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Zoning isn’t exactly the hottest buzzword these days, but it does have a major influence on the City of Los Angeles as we know and love it today. Thankfully, these adorable animals are here to help us express why LA is in such desperate need of a new Zoning Code.     The Zoning Code was last updated in 1946. Impressive, right?   Since then, not only has it grown to over 600 pages ...   ... but...
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A guest contribution by Dr. Andrew Whittemore Los Angeles’ current Zoning Code largely represents the efforts of homeowners’ groups, in the decades after World War II, to protect a concept of good zoning espoused by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). This concept of good zoning, which encourages the rigid separation of uses and low densities, is of merit in some situations, but certainly...
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Where Are We Now? After three meetings with thorough discussion, the City Planning Commission (CPC) approved the staff-recommended actions and moved re:code LA one more step forward. On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the CPC concluded its discussion of this stage of the project with a unanimous vote in favor of using the Zoning Code Evaluation Report as the roadmap for the creation of our new zoning...
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Our new series "FrameWORK" will be exploring links between the City’s aspirations in the General Plan Framework and the comprehensive Zoning Code revision that re:code LA is undertaking. This series is going to suggest new ideas for directing land use in the City today, and we think these ideas could work better than the current Zoning Code. But don’t take our word for it. If you really want to...
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    Keep using the 1946 Zoning Code!? Ain't nobody got time for that!           As you may or may not know, the City of Los Angeles has started a 5-year project to modernize its Zoning Code. We know this news probably has most of you feeling like... via timeout.com   But re:code LA is actually a super exciting project. via estrelalalala.tumblr.com   You see, right now, people have a hard time...
HAPPY 68TH BIRTHDAY, LA ZONING CODE!!!   Sixty-eight years ago this weekend (June 1st, 1946), Los Angeles officially adopted its Zoning Code. At the time, LA’s Code was quite the little starlet—at least in the planning world—as it was the first unified code to be adopted by a large American city. Flash forward nearly seventy years, and that star has aged significantly.    Until now, we in the...
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Have you ever wondered where you’re allowed to raise chinchillas in Los Angeles? How about where you can manufacture Babbitt metal? Open a numismatic (coin collecting ... we had to look it up too) store? The answer to those everyday questions and more can be found in the Use List—the companion document to the Zoning Code that identifies which land use activities are permitted in each of the...
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Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the development and review of the Zoning Code Evaluation Report over the past ten months. Since the project launched in June 2013, hundreds of people throughout the City have given comments on the report at listening sessions, regional and virtual forums, and online. These comments have helped us form our recommendations to the City Planning...
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Since releasing the Zoning Code Evaluation Report for public review on March 7, 2014, we heard a number of suggestions and ideas through the MarkUp system. We want to thank everyone who took the time to provide valuable feedback for this phase of re:code LA. A staff report, providing a synthesis of comments relevant to the Zoning Code Evaluation Report, will be presented to the City Planning...