Project Updates

An image of the cover for the Zoning Code Evaluation Report.
The Zoning Code Evaluation Report has been released today on MarkUp!   The zoning code sets the rules for all new development and use of land, and for change in existing development and use. It also controls the way a new development looks when it’s done, through rules for site elements like parking, signs and landscaping.  For a general overview on zoning read our 'What Is Zoning?' article, and...
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A big thank you to everyone who participated in our February sweepstakes! The contest seeking to award a MapIt user during the month of February has come to a close. We received about 20 submissions in February with topics ranging from mixed-use buildings to car-free neighborhoods. Eligible participants were entered into an online random selector. We are happy to announce that the winner is…...
Have you used MapIt yet? Now is a good time to start. We’ve given you instructions on how to use it, so you’re ready to go!  Did you know that you can enhance your posts with MapIt tags? MapIt tags are handy categories of topics that zoning codes commonly address. The tag categories used in MapIt are Compatibility, Design, Historical Characteristics, Mobility, Recreation, Safety, and Land Uses....
MapIt shows your feedback in a map of Los Angeles
Help guide the development of your neighborhood with MapIt. MapIt is a tool available by the re:code LA team that lets you add feedback, including text and images, to a specific point on a map of Los Angeles. It even works on your mobile device! Here is how ... Step 1: Add a location Once you are logged into your re:code LA account, click the "Submit feedback" link on the MapIt page. You will be...
A graphic of recode LA's MapIt system
Share your thoughts about your neighborhood. Through the month of February, everyone who posts an original neighborhood photo with a comment to MapIt will be entered into a random drawing to win a re:codeLA prize!  Zoning is part of the story behind many of our everyday experiences: that vast, unshaded parking lot you had to cross from the sidewalk to the store entrance, the convenient bicycle...
Image of several City of Los Angeles General Plan elements. Source: https://www.ourla2040.org/background
What is the General Plan? The General Plan functions as a community’s constitution for future development. Once adopted, the general plan becomes the foundation for all policies and day-to-day land use decisions made within city limits. Accordingly, it guides where we live and work to how we move about our communities. Both State law (California Government Code, Title 7, Division 1, Chapter 3,...
In the early twentieth century, American cities looked much different than they do today. In heavily urbanized areas, houses, shops, and factories could often be found on the same block, and many city-dwellers spent their time in overcrowded buildings that suffered from poor natural lighting. While mixed-uses meant that most cities were more walkable than they are today, that same proximity...
A photo of a June 1967 zoning map of the Eagle Rock area.
Imagine you’ve been tasked with designing a new city from the ground up. How would you go about it? Where would you begin? You’d probably first want to decide where the streets would go—whether they’d be curvy or grid-like, and whether some would be side streets and others major thoroughfares. Next you’d probably choose where to place the individual buildings. You might begin with housing,...
  Urban planning in Los Angeles has a rich history dating back to the original founding of Los Angeles. The following timeline details a few key planning milestones in Los Angeles which help to illustrate how we have gotten to where we are today:     1781 Spanish Governor Felipe de Neve founded el Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles along what is now known as the Los Angeles...