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FrameWORK: Land Use

We recently unveiled FrameWORK, our new series on the Los Angeles General Plan Framework Element. Just for a refresher, the Framework Element serves as the preamble to the City’s General Plan, and...
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FrameWORK: Realigning the Zoning Code with Our Vision

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...
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One Use Two Use Old Use New Use

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)...
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Putting the Vision into Action: How Zoning Implements the General Plan

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...

Types of Zoning Codes

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...
A photo of a June 1967 zoning map of the Eagle Rock area.

What Is Zoning?

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...

A Brief History of Planning & Zoning in Los Angeles

  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...