The 'Zoning Code Evaluation Report' Has Been Released! Why Should You Care?

on March 07, 2014
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 for more information on zoning codes read our 'Types of Zoning Codes' article.
This report outlines major criticisms of our current code and lays a general framework for the new zoning code resulting from re:code LA. Why should you care? Well, for one, because the new zoning code has the potential to positively improve the lives of every resident and business owner in Los Angeles. The Zoning Code Evaluation Report is filled with recommendations for improvements to existing regulations that would help to:
  • Retain distinct neighborhoods
  • Improve housing affordability and diversity
  • Enhance commercial centers and corridors
  • Improve streets, transit options and parking
  • Provide opportunities for more jobs and innovation
  • Ensure a strong downtown core
  • Increase the City’s overall health 
  • Deliver the new zoning in a clear and transparent way
re:code LA will improve the certainty and efficiency of development review; adopt standards that promote quality development; and provide for affordability, diversity, and innovation. Essentially, it will help Los Angeles thrive in the 21st Century economy.
Virtually everyone has a stake in the new code, because it will set rules that impact city elements like:
  • Parking 
  • Transit station areas
  • Walkability
  • Open space 
  • Outdoor dining 
  • Signs
  • Size of infill homes
  • Where new uses are allowed
  • Commercial corridor transitions
  • Improved clarity, ease of use, and organization of the regulations


We have posted this report on our website's MarkUp system where you can provide your feedback directly onto the document. You can also view other people's comments and respond. This is part of our effort to establish a 24/7, online outreach forum. We want your participation when it's convenient for you.

Regional Planning Forums

You will have an opportunity to speak to project staff regarding these key issues (and any others you think we may have missed) at a series of Regional Planning Forums to be held during March and April, with one in each Area Planning Commission district. In addition to learning more about the Zoning Code Evaluation Report, you can also expect to learn more about:
  • The Mobility Plan 2035, which envisions a new way of moving around the city using its streets for mobility and beyond.
  • The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles, the General Plan’s new Health and Wellness Element, which lays a policy framework to make Los Angeles a healthier place to live, work and play.
  • Planning activities for middle- and high-school aged youth to hear their ideas, and to foster civic engagement and greater understanding about urban planning.
  • Public hearings will be held for the draft Mobility Plan 2035 and Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles.
Each of the Forums listed below are linked to the corresponding event page where you can find more details on how to get there, and add them to your calendars:
Saturday, March 15th
9am - noon
Granada Hills Recreation Center
16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA 91344
Wednesday, March 19th
5pm - 8pm
Metro Headquarters (near Patsaouras Plaza)
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturday, March 22nd
9am - noon
Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
3916 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062
Saturday, March 29th
9am - noon
Boyle Heights City Hall
2130 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90033
Wednesday, April 2nd
6pm - 9pm
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90024
Saturday, April 5th
9am - noon
Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401
Saturday, April 12th
10am - 1pm
Peck Park Community Center
560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732 
A Virtual Forum is being scheduled that will use the webconference format used in our last Virtual Listening Session - more details to follow.