Where residential density is allowed - and isn't - in Los Angeles: A fresh look at zoning changes

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UCLA Anderson Forecast and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate


The City of Los Angeles is expected to grow by more than 300,000 households over the next few decades, according to the Southern California Association of Governments growth forecast. Where will these new people live7 If local and regional plans come to fruition, they will live in some of Los Angeles' most transit-oriented neighborhoods. But the City- like many others- is in the midst of a contentious public debate about how to grow. One view is that the pace of housing development is too slow, and a lack of housing supply is fueling a housing affordability crisis. Mayor Eric Garcetti, for example, announced ambitious plans to build 100,000 new housing units by 2021. An alternative view is that Los Angeles' pace of housing development is too fast. To this point, the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, scheduled for the March 2017 ballot argues that there is already too much rezoning to allow new high-density development. All seem to agree that Los Angeles' community plans are sorely out of date and must be updated.