Project Updates

A photo of the City Planning Commission Meeting.
The City Planning Commission has recommended adoption of the proposed process overhaul. At it's October 11, 2018 meeting, the City Planning Commission reviewed the Department's recommendation and considered the public testimony/correspondence, and has recommended that the City Council adopt the Processes & Procedures Ordinance as shown in Appendix A and C in the Staff Report. We expect to...
A photo of the 948-page staff report for the proposed ordinance.
As some of you who have been following closely may already know, the re:code LA team released a draft of an ordinance last September (2017) that would overhaul the way our Department of City Planning reviews and acts upon applications and requests—the Processes and Procedures Ordinance. After five public hearings and nearly a dozen stakeholder group meetings, we received a lot of great feedback...
Draft Zoning Code
The re:code LA team checked in with the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) at its regular monthly meeting on May 23, 2018 as the project approaches several major milestones— a Processes and Procedures update as well as the creation of zones for the draft Boyle Heights Community Plan and two Downtown Community Plans. These initiatives represent big steps forward for the re:code LA project, and a new...
Processes and Procedures paperwork
The re:code LA team recently announced a public hearing on the "Processes and Procedures" Ordinance—an important example of how re:code LA is simplifying the Zoning Code for the City of Los Angeles. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (see below for details). A Processes and Procedures Ordinance might seem like a subject only lawyers could care about, but the title actually...
LACMA Land Art
To participate in a substantive discussion about re:code LA—the comprehensive revision of the Zoning Code for the City of Los Angeles—it's important to have a fairly clear idea of all the layers of plans and zoning already in place of the City. Making a mental map of these layers will reveal some of the key benefits of the ongoing Zoning Code reform project. Planning: Setting a Vision for the...
Zoning String Outline
The re:code LA team recently released a new draft Zoning Code Outline that culminates several important stages of the ongoing project to revise the City of Los Angeles’s Zoning Code. The draft outline is now available on the re:code LA website, and has been shared with the Zoning Advisory Committee and PlanCheckNC, an organization representing Neighborhood Councils around the city on matters of...
An image of the re:code LA logo over an image of paint palette with oil paints and a paintbrush.
If you heard that the City of Los Angeles was completely overhauling its Zoning Code for the first time since 1946, your first reaction might have been to ask, "Does this mean my property has been rezoned?" Your second reaction might have been to ask, "What does this mean for my neighborhood?" The re:code LA project has been working since 2013 on a comprehensive revision of the City's Zoning Code...
A diagram of one the new R1 Variation Zones.
In March 2017, re:code LA scored an early victory with the adoption of new R1 Variation Zones—new zoning tools for residential neighborhoods in the current Zoning Code that will eventually be converted to the format of the new Zoning Code. Several neighborhoods received the benefits of these new, more responsive tools. The re:code LA team is working on many more tools to respond to the needs of...
Koreatown
The re:code LA team is working to completely rewrite the Zoning Code for the City of Los Angeles as a more useful tool for guiding the use and development of land in neighborhoods throughout the city. To accomplish those goals, the new Zoning Code simplifies the approach for selecting the zoning options that best realize a variety of community visions. For more about what zoning is, please read...