UNITED TO KEEP OUR CITY LIVABLE
The State of California is requiring LA to find enough
zoning capacity to accommodate 450,000 new housing
units by 2029. This is enough housing to accommodate
more than 1 million people in the next eight years. The
City is embarking on a major rezoning effort (Housing
Element of the General Plan) that will include adaptive
reuse of existing buildings, use of public lands and rezoning
commercial corridors as well as expanding developer
incentives that allow for increased density and streamlining
the approval processes. But this rezoning also targets
massive rezoning of single-family neighborhoods.
LA Planning has clearly stated there is enough zoning
currently to meet 230,000 units which leaves the city
the need to find zoning for 255,000 units in order to meet
the State mandate. But the Planning Department’s Housing
Element is proposing rezoning for 1.4 million units.
To reach this absurd number, Planning is upzoning large
areas of single-family homes.
United Neighbors (https://www.unitedneighbors.net/)
is a statewide organization made up of renters, homeowners
and community groups, and it includes our Association
and President, Cindy Chvatal Keane. It was created
to inform neighborhood organizations of what is happening
with state laws that impact neighborhoods and how to
find better “community based” solutions for adding much
needed affordable housing without destroying single-family
neighborhoods or low density multi-family neighborhoods.
Using the city’s own data, United Neighbors found
Planning has identified three times more housing capacity
(780,00 units) than is required by state law. Planning
does not need to touch single-family or low density mulitifamily
neighborhoods to meet the required housing needs.
United Neighbors is now working with our and other
neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, our councilperson
and city government to craft new area-specific options
for meeting housing targets. These targets would preserve
our beautiful, historic and affordable neighborhoods.
But we must act now and get our Councilmember’s attention.
The city is in the process of finalizing a draft of its
plan, scheduled to be released in the fall. The Association
is encouraging the adoption of “Community Based Planning
Solutions” that will provide more equitable and affordable
housing that will preserve all the communities of
Los Angeles while enhancing livability for all. Stay tuned
for how you can become involved!
Visit the website www.HancockPark.org to