Roadmap Check: City Planning Commission Approves a New Code Direction

on June 30, 2014

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 code.

Some changes were made in response to the feedback we received from the general public and the Zoning Advisory Committee at our meetings and on MarkUp; this input can be found in the May 22, 2014 Staff Recommendation Report. The CPC used this feedback as a starting point for their discussion and their recommended changes to the Evaluation Report (see Appendix A of our June 26, 2014 Supplemental Recommendation Report). The CPC made two additional changes at the June 26 meeting with regard to affordable housing around transit and removing barriers to small business, which will be incorporated into their official action.


What's Next?

Planning & Land Use Management Committee

The City Council will be in recess from July 4, 2014 through July 25, 2014. During that time the re:code LA team will transmit the official CPC action, including the Zoning Code Evaluation Report and the two staff reports, with the recommended changes. The Councilmembers of the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will have some time to go through these recommendations in July before our next major milestone: gaining a recommendation of approval to the full City Council from PLUM.

City Council

After PLUM has made its recommendations, the Zoning Code Evaluation Report will be presented to City Council for consideration and a full vote to approve a roadmap for how the new zoning code will be written.

Go Forth and Code

After the City Council has approved a direction for re:code LA, the zoning code rewrite will begin. The writing of the new zoning code will begin in a series of modules over the next four years. After each module is drafted, we will invite comments. The first module will be the Downtown Code, which is currently scheduled for release sometime in the summer or fall of 2015.


Stay Involved!

All of the hard work and ideas that you have invested so far on this journey toward our new zoning code are starting to pay off. The re:code LA team values your engagement in the biggest overhaul to the City’s Zoning Code since 1946. We will continue to integrate the feedbackyou provide on MapIt and on our polls throughout this process. Together, we’re on the way to making the City of Los Angeles a better place. 

The next leg of this journey is right around the corner. Please stay tuned for more updates, browse articles about different zoning topics that affect you, and keep an eye out for new content weekly. The latest happenings with re:code LA are posted on our websiteFacebook, and Twitter