Participate in the Re:Code LA Zoning Advisory Committee

Community input for zoning code revisions sought

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 17, 2013

Participate in the Re:Code LA Zoning Advisory Committee

The City of Los Angeles is embarking on re:code LA, the first comprehensive revision of its Zoning Code in 67 years. Modernizing and streamlining the antiquated Code is a key component of the City's Development Reform Strategic Plan and is one of the Department of City Planning's (DCP) priority projects. The Department is seeking local leaders and stakeholders to participate in a Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC), a policy-oriented body formed specifically to advise DCP on the code rewrite on this critical multi-year effort.

The Department is now accepting applications from individuals interested in participating on the ZAC. The 15 to 17 individuals selected for this committee will play key roles in advising the City and consultant staff on zoning policy direction and provide guidance during the development of the new Zoning Code. Members of the ZAC will be announced by November 2013 and are expected to meet regularly (e.g., monthly or bi-monthly) until project completion in 2017. The ZAC will complement other outreach being conducted as part of re:code LA, including community listening sessions, focus groups, public meetings and other opportunities for stakeholder participation.

"re:code LA is a monumental task, which requires participation from the community at all levels, and its successful completion will rely on the variety of voices and diversity of opinions in Los Angeles. The ZAC will play a critical advisory role and will serve as a sounding board for the team as the code revisions are being developed and refined," said Michael LoGrande, Planning Director.

The ZAC will be composed of individuals representing a variety of stakeholder interests. Extra selection consideration will be given to applicants representing more than one stakeholder group. Stakeholder representation may include the following groups:
Building Industry
Chambers of Commerce
Professional Associations
Certified Neighborhood Councils
Homeowner Association Groups
Non-Affiliated Los Angeles Residents
Housing Advocates
Downtown Organizations
Other Stakeholder Groups

Sections of the new Code to be discussed include, but will not be limited to:
Unified Downtown Development Code
Industrial Zones
Commercial Zones
Multi-Family Residential Zones
Orientation Districts
Nonconforming Rights
Parking & Signs
Parks & Open Space
Public Right-of-Way
Transfer of Development Rights

The Department will deliver all sections of the new Zoning Code to the City Planning Commission by December 2017. However, a Unified Downtown Development Code is scheduled to be delivered to the City Planning Commission within two years in 2015. In order to guarantee continuity, all ZAC applicants are asked to consider this as a 5-year commitment.

More details and application forms are available on the project website and must be submitted to the Department of City Planning by October 18, 2013 for consideration for the ZAC.

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