Draft Housing Element Update

housing planThe City of Los Angeles is currently in the process of updating the Housing Element of the City’s General Plan. The Housing Element is referred to as “the blueprint for meeting the City’s housing needs and guiding where housing will be built across the City’s neighborhoods.”

California state law requires every city and county within California to prepare and adopt a long-term comprehensive GENERAL PLAN for its future development. Within that General Plan there are 7 mandatory Elements, one of which is the Housing Element.

Somehow the current debate over housing, density, affordable housing, zoning variances, density, urban vs. suburban building standards, parking and a host of other subjects related to development in our communities has been so loud that it must have drowned out and overwhelmed the Planning Department’s announcement of the Draft Housing Element Update Workshops (pdf) that are being conducted throughout the City of Los Angeles.

This seems like an important opportunity for the City and the Community to come together with the Developers and anyone else who has a vested interest in the ability of Los Angeles to function effectively in the immediate future, and yet…

Nothing. Little, if any, press.

Visit lacity.org and there’s info on Digital Television Transition 2009 but nothing on the Housing Element. Google “Los Angeles Housing Element” and you get the 2002 Housing Element and then the County’s Housing Element. Google “housing element update” and it’s evident that Encinitas, Glendale, Lancaster, Santa Barbara and a host of other communities are busy with their updates. Santa Paula, Citrus Heights, Menlo Park, Humboldt, Long Beach but where is Los Angeles?

Apparently the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning has its own internet protocol which makes it hard to search for content.

Somebody in Planning is aware of the problem and subsequently set up a website outside the City’s website. The workaround is admirable, simply for the get-it-done spirit that motivated the solution, and because it works.

Check out the Housing Element Update website for information.

It’s not too late to participate. There are still three meetings left. (Central, South Valley, East & Harbor have already taken place)

North Valley
Monday, April 21st
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm
Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library
16244 Nordoff St.
North Hills 91343

South LA
Wednesday, April 23rd
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Mark Ridley Thomas Constituent Service Center
8475 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles 90044

West LA
Thursday, April 24th
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Henry Medina West Los Angeles Parking Enforcement Facility
11214 Exposition Blvd.
2nd Floor
Los Angeles 90064


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