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City Hall: you currently have 29 updates pending

Land use committee recommends reviewing community plans every six years
February 02, 2017 12:00PM

Council member Jose Huizar last December (credit: www.josehuizar.com)

The city’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee has recommended that the City of Los Angeles update its 35 community plans every six years in order to better guide real estate development.

Of the 35 L.A. City plans, 29 have not been reviewed or updated in at least 15 years, leaving the door wide open for developers to try to circumvent the old rules, according to Curbed. The plans lay out zoning restrictions and height limits, but they are outdated.

“We must require that these plans are regularly updated to allow stakeholders to weigh in on what they want their communities to look like,” Los Angeles City Council member and PLUM Chairman Jose Huizar said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has also said outdated plans “have led to haphazard development and overcrowding,” KPCC reported.

In addition to the plan updates, the PLUM has plans to institute a broader set of reforms to “bring accountability and transparency back into our General Plan and Community plan review process,” Huizar said. The full City Council is expected to vote on the recommendations in the next two weeks. [Curbed] –Gabrielle Paluch