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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...
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...
Los Angeles as seen from Baldwin Hills
Our FrameWORK series on the Los Angeles General Plan Framework Element is intended to introduce you to the citywide document that lays down the guiding principles for how Los Angeles will develop in the years ahead. In this article, we’ll be familiarizing you with the Framework’s Economic Development Chapter (Chapter 7), as it relates to the City Planning Department’s current policy and zoning...
A photo of Shane's Inspiration Park in Griffith Park.
Our FrameWORK series on the Los Angeles General Plan Framework Element is intended to introduce you to the citywide document that lays down the guiding principles for how Los Angeles will develop in the years ahead. In this article, we’ll be familiarizing you with the Framework’s Open Space and Conservation Chapter (Chapter 6). The purpose of this chapter is to provide a path to manage and...
re:code LA logo appears as an urban block
In Part 1 of this article, we familiarized you with Urban Form and Neighborhood Design Chapter (Chapter 5) of the General Plan Framework. The purpose of the chapter is to promote design excellence in communities throughout the City, while maintaining neighborhood form and character. However, the Framework does not directly address the design of individual neighborhoods, but instead embodies...
A screen-grab of the zoning of some parcels in Downtown Los Angeles.
Before we start, if you don’t know what Zoning is we wrote an article that explains the basic fundamentals of what it is and why it’s important. If you do, then get ready to get into the weeds. Anatomy Of A Zone If you ask most people what their Zoning is, you will most likely get a confused expression. If you are one of those people, don’t worry, you are in good company. However, those who do...
Our FrameWORK series on the Los Angeles General Plan Framework Element  is intended to introduce you to the citywide document that lays down the guiding principles for how Los Angeles will develop in the years ahead. For our Urban Form and Neighborhood Design Chapter (Chapter 5), we will be breaking it into two parts. The purpose of this chapter is to promote design excellence in the communities...
A bowl of alphabet soup with letters that spell out re:code LA
CPC, GPA, CPIO, HPOZ . . .  what two things do these acronyms have in common? If you are a planning nerd like we are, they could randomly appear in a bowl of alphabet soup. Okay, so maybe that was a stretch. For the rest of you, they are examples of the Planning Department’s most frequently used acronyms in planning and zoning!   Having to decipher a multitude of acronyms doesn’t help the already...
Residential Neighborhood in San Pedro
Our FrameWORK series on the Los Angeles General Plan Framework Element is intended to introduce you to the citywide document that lays down the guiding principles for how Los Angeles will develop in the years ahead. In this article, we’ll be familiarizing you with the Framework’s Housing Chapter (Chapter 4), which is not to be confused with the Housing Element. The purpose of the Housing Chapter...