Project Updates

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 lays down the guiding principles for how Los Angeles will develop in the years ahead. It is a foundational document that the Department of City Planning uses to develop policies and regulations. In this...
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Since you might not have had the chance to meet all of the ZAC members in person, we thought it would be fun to feature short profiles on each to help you get to know them better. We'll start by introducing Sharon Commins, one of the co-chairs of our Zoning Advisory Committee. Originally from Illinois (the Chicago area, to be exact), Sharon has been an LA resident since 1972, and lived in Burbank...
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Zoning isn’t exactly the hottest buzzword these days, but it does have a major influence on the City of Los Angeles as we know and love it today. Thankfully, these adorable animals are here to help us express why LA is in such desperate need of a new Zoning Code.     The Zoning Code was last updated in 1946. Impressive, right?   Since then, not only has it grown to over 600 pages ...   ... but...
A graphic from at 1938 City Planning Commission report depicting the Zoning Status throughout Los Angeles.
A guest contribution by Dr. Andrew Whittemore Los Angeles’ current Zoning Code largely represents the efforts of homeowners’ groups, in the decades after World War II, to protect a concept of good zoning espoused by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). This concept of good zoning, which encourages the rigid separation of uses and low densities, is of merit in some situations, but certainly...
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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...
General Plan Framework and re:code LA logos
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 is going to suggest new ideas for directing land use in the City today, and we think these ideas could work better than the current Zoning Code. But don’t take our word for it. If you really want to...
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    Keep using the 1946 Zoning Code!? Ain't nobody got time for that!           As you may or may not know, the City of Los Angeles has started a 5-year project to modernize its Zoning Code. We know this news probably has most of you feeling like... via timeout.com   But re:code LA is actually a super exciting project. via estrelalalala.tumblr.com   You see, right now, people have a hard time...
HAPPY 68TH BIRTHDAY, LA ZONING CODE!!!   Sixty-eight years ago this weekend (June 1st, 1946), Los Angeles officially adopted its Zoning Code. At the time, LA’s Code was quite the little starlet—at least in the planning world—as it was the first unified code to be adopted by a large American city. Flash forward nearly seventy years, and that star has aged significantly.    Until now, we in the...
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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) store? The answer to those everyday questions and more can be found in the Use List—the companion document to the Zoning Code that identifies which land use activities are permitted in each of the...