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Proposed Process Overhaul Released – City Planning Standardizes Project Review

Proposed Process Overhaul Released – City Planning Standardizes Project Review

Today, the re:code LA team of City Planning unveiled a proposal that will cut the number of project review processes in half. This new set of processes & procedures will maintain long-standing opportunities for public participation, and make it easier for both applicants and the public to clearly understand how the Department considers use and development proposals and how to navigate the decision-making process.

Currently, there are over 100 different paths for project review scattered throughout the Zoning Code. For example, there are four types of adjustments for projects covered by overlays – an additional layer of design and building standards. While the same process applies for all four types of adjustments, they have different names and are located in different sections of the Zoning Code. The team identified each instance of redundant workflows and consolidated them down to about 50 processes with unique actions. Check out our latest article for more details!

Join us online or in-person to learn more and let us know what you think!

Online: The proposed processes & procedures are posted on our project website’s MarkUp system and will be available for direct commenting from now until September 30, 2017. MarkUp lets you browse, download, and comment on draft documents, and provides a great opportunity to directly shape re:code LA. If this is your first time using MarkUp, we’ve prepared a quick walk-through on how it works.

In-person: City Planning will hold a series of open houses and public hearings in September to gather feedback on the proposal, after which time a revised recommendation will be considered by the City Planning Commission and City Council for approval. Below is the list of open houses and public hearings:

Open House & Public Hearing #1:
LOCATION: City Hall, Room 1050
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles
DATE: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
TIME: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Open House & Public Hearing #2:
LOCATION: Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, Community Room
11338 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
DATE: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open House & Public Hearing #3:
LOCATION: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Community Rooms 1a & 1b
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles
DATE: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open House & Public Hearing #4:
LOCATION: Constituent Service Center, Community Conference Room
8475 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
DATE: Thursday, September 21, 2017
TIME: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For more details on these meetings, please refer to the Public Hearing Notice.

re:code LA is a five-year initiative that will provide the first comprehensive update of the Zoning Code since 1946. This initiative will create a modernized and accessible zoning code for the City of Los Angeles. The project aims to establish a new code with clear, predictable language. It will offer a wider variety of zoning options and community planning tools to better address neighborhood concerns and improve the quality of life in every community. Visit us at to learn more about the project and sign up for e-mail updates.

BMO/BHO Code Amendment at full City Council Weds. 12/7/16

Dear Stakeholders,

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the City Council will consider the proposed Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside (BMO/BHO) Code Amendment at its regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in the John Ferraro Council Chamber (Room 340) of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The meeting agenda is available at the following link:

We do not know whether the City Council will be taking public testimony on the item, as the Public Hearing was held and closed by the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee on November 29. To have written comments included in the record, please email and reference Council File #14-0656 in your correspondence.

Adoption Process

The proposed ordinance will not be up for a final adoption vote at Wednesday’s meeting. There are at least four steps remaining in the adoption process, including:
  • Approval of the proposed BMO/BHO ordinance provisions by the City Council (under consideration at Wednesday’s meeting).
  • Preparation of the official BMO/BHO ordinance by the City Attorney.
  • Adoption of the BMO/BHO ordinance by the City Council.
  • The Mayor’s signature of the ordinance.
Once these steps have been completed, the City Clerk will post the adopted ordinance for a period of 10 days, at the end of which a 31-day waiting period will begin before the ordinance goes into effect.
PLUM Recommendations

As part of its action at the November 29 meeting, the PLUM Committee recommended several modifications to the proposed ordinance. The PLUM Committee’s recommended changes to the proposed ordinance include:

  • Reduce Hillside Area guaranteed minimum Residential Floor Area from 1,000 to 800 square feet.
  • Reduce R1 Zone, Hillside Area by-right maximum grading from 2,000 to 1,000 cubic yards.
  • Change starting height of R1 encroachment plane from 20 to 22 feet.
  • Remove front articulation requirement in the R1 Zone.
  • Restore 0.5 Floor Area Ratio for R1 lots smaller than 7,500 square feet.
  • Restore full 400 square foot exemption for garages, regardless of location.
  • Clarify that conditionally permitted uses are subject to the provisions of the BMO and BHO.

  • Add a provision exempting projects currently in the process of seeking zoning entitlements from following the ordinance.
  • Other technical edits and clarifications.

The Committee also recommended that the Department of City Planning be instructed to report back with a policy recommendation on limiting the Hillside Area grading exemption for pile and caisson foundations.

To have written comments included in the record, please email and reference Council File #14-0656.

For questions, please contact Niall Huffman, 213-978-3405.

Thank you for your continued interest in the BMO/BHO Code Amendment.


Neighborhood Conservation Team
Department of City Planning

HPOZ | Community Planning | Code Studies

L.A. Historic Neighborhoods Conference October 15, Tomorrow

2016-la-historic-neighborhoods-conference-flyer-2The Department of City Planning and the Los Angeles Conservancy invite all neighborhood council leaders and stakeholders to sign up today for the L.A. Historic Neighborhoods Conference, on Saturday, October 15, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd. (at Figueroa), City Historic-Cultural Monument #516.  To register, visit:   

The registration fee (only $25 if you register by October 6, $30 by October 14, or $35 at the door) covers all conference activities, including morning refreshments, lunch, and your choice of walking tours.

Here are six great reasons to attend this year’s conference:

1) Relationships and Networking: It’s the only chance all year long to meet and connect with neighborhood leaders focused on historic preservation and neighborhood conservation from across the city, to share ideas and build relationships.
2) Charles Phoenix!: The day will kick off with a dose of humor — an hour-long presentation by showman, tour guide, and author Charles Phoenix, the “Ambassador of Americana,” who will take us on a whirlwind adventure through Los Angeles’ neighborhoods, exploring architecture, themed environments, and more!

3) HPOZ Awards Ceremony: As part of our lunch program, we’ll be honoring the project teams, property owners, and community leaders responsible for exemplary projects in Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), or historic districts.

4) The Venue: Experience the historic 1925 St. John’s Cathedral, one of Los Angeles’ most monumental examples of Romanesque Revival architecture, with a grand array of golden-hued mosaics and Italian marble columns and altar.

5) The Sessions: This year’s discussions promise to be lively and informative, with a theme of “community character.”  There’s something for everyone — from sessions on neighborhood conservation tools and re:code LA to “You’re an HPOZ, Now What?,” focused on strategies for neighborhood engagement and building community support.  We’ll also feature half-hour “power sessions” on topics such as architectural styles and small-lot subdivisions.

6) Neighborhood Walking Tours:  In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to see some of Los Angeles’ most significant historic neighborhoods and experience first-hand the architecture, the community and the “lessons learned” from your choice of four historic districts near the conference venue, through walking tours of the University Park HPOZ, North University Park Specific Plan Area, Adams-Normandie HPOZ, and the proposed 27th and 28th Street HPOZ.

Please help us spread the word to other interested organizations in your area, including neighborhood preservation organizations, homeowners/residents associations, and other non-profit organizations.

Orange Line Transit Neighborhood Plans: Upcoming Community Workshops

Orange Line Flyer Community Workshops_TNPThe City Planning Department is pleased to announce a series of Community Workshops as part of the Orange Line Transit Neighborhood Plans project. These four workshops will focus on the areas around five stations along the Metro Orange Line — North Hollywood Station, Van Nuys Station, Sepulveda Station, Reseda Station, and Sherman Way Station. Each workshop will include a presentation from the City Planning Department followed by small breakout sessions, which will provide participants the opportunity to speak and share specific ideas. We hope you can make it and please invite your friends!

  • Van Nuys & Sepulveda Stations: Monday, July 11th from 6-8pm at the Marvin Braude Building, Community Room
  • Sherman Way Station: Wednesday, July 13th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Canoga Park Branch Library
  • North Hollywood Station: Wednesday, July 20th from 6-8pm at the North Hollywood Senior Center
  • Reseda Station: Saturday, July 23rd from 10am-12pm at Columbia College Hollywood

Each workshop will concentrate on a particular station or stations, though participants will be encouraged to provide feedback on all five stations. Please see the attached flyer and our website for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Orange Line Flyer Community Workshops_TNP

Small Lot Code Amendment and Policy Update

Dear Stakeholder,

Due to the comments received during the public hearing and outreach process, the Department has taken additional time to further refine the language of both the Small Lot Code Amendment and Design Standards. Additional documents have been added such as a Summary Sheet, Revised Frequently Asked Questions, and an Overview of the Draft Map Standards. The latest draft of the Code Amendment and Design Standards includes refinements that are in response to the comments received.

The following documents are available on the Department of City Planning’s website ( under “News” and “Small Lot Code Amendment and Policy Update”: 

  • Summary Sheet
  • Revised Frequently Asked Questions
  • Draft Small Lot Code Amendment
  • Draft Small Lot Design Standards
  • Overview of the Draft Map Standards

The Small Lot Code Amendment and Design Standards are being issued for an additional round of public review and comment. Please direct your written comments or questions via email by August 8, 2016 to:


Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Urban Design Studio
tel: 213.978.0016  
200 N. Spring St., Suite 705
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cultural Heritage Ordinance Amendments

Cultural Heritage Ordinance Amendments

To Neighborhood Councils and Interested Parties:

The Department of City Planning’s Office of Historic Resources is proposing procedural amendments to the City’s Cultural Heritage Ordinance (Section 22.171 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code) in order to improve the processing of Historic-Cultural Monument (local landmark) nominations.

To review the ordinance language and a summary of the proposed changes, please see the attached documents or the Office of Historic Resources web site. There is also a quick summary version here. The Department will be taking public comments on the proposed changes through July 5th; please submit comments to me directly at The amendments are expected to be considered by the City Council this summer.

Bringing the City’s Planning Director to the Valley on April 7

vbBringing the City’s Planning Director to the Valley on April 7

Bringing local government to you!

Come meet LADCP General Manager Vince Bertoni

Friend —

Please join me and the new Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP) General Manager Vince Bertoni for a planning town hall meeting in the West Valley.

LADCP would like to share their newest initiatives on Planning and to hear from residents directly on key planning issues affecting their neighborhoods and the West Valley. Topics will include Re:Code LA, community plans, development impacts, and state land use legislation effects on development.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Westfield Community Room
Corner of Owensmouth Ave and Vanowen St
Canoga Park, CA 91303

RSVP Here! and check out Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s website.

Re:code LA events

re:code LA Public Forum – Central

The people of Re:code LA are hosting the first of their seven Public Forums this Wednesday. Stop by to check out our proposed code structure and some of the work going into the Downtown Code and Neighborhood Conservation efforts.

Visit the event page for parking and transit information.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Central Public Forum
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Metro Headquarters (near Patsaouras Plaza)
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The meeting for Van Nuys in the South Valley is
Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Conference Room
Van Nuys, CA 91401

If you can’t make it, feel free to attend any one of our other 6 forums. We will also be hosting a virtual forum on April 26th at 7PM. All subscribers will receive an email with details on how to join the discussion.

re:codeLA is the first comprehensive update to the Los Angeles Zoning Code since 1946. This five year initiative aims to develop a modern and user-friendly Code in order to create livable communities, encourage sustainable development, and foster economic vitality. Please invite your friends and neighbors to visit us at to learn more about the project and sign up for email updates.


re:code LA

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The Department of City Planning is coordinating seven public forums to provide the public with a sneak peek at the new Zoning Code concepts. The City’s Zoning Code is being comprehensively rewritten for the first time in 70 years through re:code LA, one of the largest planning initiatives to date. A modern, streamlined Code that is easier to use with better zoning options and more transparent, predictable processes is one of the Department of City Planning’s priorities. See the attached flyer in English and Spanish for more information on upcoming public forums where you can come to an open house and presentation. Also check out our website to learn more!

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