About the Project

re:code LA is a comprehensive revision of the City of Los Angeles’ Zoning Code, and is one of the City’s largest planning initiatives to date. First adopted in 1946, the Zoning Code’s overall structure has remained the same, while the needs of the City have changed drastically. re:code LA will create a Zoning Code to realize the needs of a 21st Century Los Angeles for all stakeholders.

Why re:code LA?

Why re:code LA?

Simplify

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Simplify
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Revised project review procedures create predictability and clarity in development review and approval.

EFFICIENCY

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EFFICIENCY
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Find the information you need faster. Easily create a customized summary for what can be built on a site through WebCode, the new online Zoning Code.

MODERNIZE

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MODERNIZE
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The new Zoning Code will be easy to navigate through a visual, well-organized, user-friendly system.

FUTURE ADAPTABILITY

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FUTURE ADAPTABILITY
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The modularity and range of new zoning options allows for increased flexibility in the combination of building forms and uses allowed.
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Let’s zone like we mean it, and in a transparent way. Let’s broadcast our intention to get quality development for everyone. Let’s streamline the review processes to achieve the outcomes we want with less hassle. Let’s upgrade our neighborhood protection. Let’s make LA a model of how web-based zoning gets done right. re:code LA will serve up the Code in a smart, functional, and easy-to-use way.

The City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles

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The City of Los Angeles encompasses 469 square miles with 3.8 million people, making it the second largest city in the United States. It includes a wide variety of neighborhood and landscape types, from dense urban areas in Downtown to suburban single family neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley. This creates the need for rules and regulations that are flexible enough to accommodate the City’s diverse physical landscape and uses.
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Project Milestones

  • Photo of the re:code LA launch event
    re:code LA Launched

    The effort to create our new Zoning Code was officially launched on June 12, 2013.

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  • Photo of the Valley listening session
    Listening Sessions - Summer 2013

    The project team set out to hear the needs of our stakeholders by holding a series of meetings throughout Los Angeles.

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  • Image of the Zoning Code Evaluation Report cover.
    Zoning Code Evaluation Report - December 2014

    The Zoning Code Evaluation Report, outlining the aspirations of our stakeholder for re:code LA, was approved by the City Planning Commission and City Council.

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  • Photo of the Zoning Advisory Committee in December 2013
    Zoning Advisory Committee Formed - December 2013

    The Zoning Advisory Committee was formed to provide their perspectives as representatives of the different regions and stakeholders of the City of Los Angeles.

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  • A screenshot of the WebCode GitHub page.
    WebCode Toolkit Open Source Release - October 2016

    WebCode is a first-of-its-kind system designed to offer a customized, interactive experience, providing relevant zoning information for an address specified by a user. The City of Los Angeles has released it for public use on its GitHub account.

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  • Photo of a San Pedro residential neighborhood.
    R1 Variation Zones Adopted - March 2017

    Providing more tailored solutions in our single-family neighborhoods, the project team developed these new tools as part of the Neighborhood Conservation Initiative.

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    Processes & Procedures Ordinance - In Progress

    A proposal that will make it easier for both applicants and the public to clearly understand the project review processes. The City Planning Commission approved it October 11, 2018, and the project team is preparing materials for public and City Council review.

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  • Photo of Downtown Los Angeles at dusk
    Zoning Code Framework & Downtown Zoning Options - In Progress

    The project team is working toward a Preliminary Draft Zoning Code for public feedback with a targeted release of Fall 2019.

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  • Photo of Mariachi Plaza.
    Boyle Heights Zoning Options - In Progress

    The project team is working on the zoning options needed to realize the visions articulated in the proposed Boyle Heights Community Plan.

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    New Zoning Code Roll-Out - In Progress

    As the Department of City Planning updates community plans throughout the City of Los Angeles, the team will continue to develop any new zoning options needed for each plan area.

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