LA’s housing element is better than most. But it doesn’t bring enough new homes to expensive, job-rich Westside.
Good news: earlier this month, the City Planning Commission approved Los Angeles’ housing element update with recommendations surrounding strengthening tenant rights and environmental justice. This is a key step towards adoption of a plan that will encourage the production of over 450,000 new homes by 2029. Importantly, the housing element proposes to accommodate 250,000 of these homes through a bold, citywide rezoning strategy, and 45% of this new rezoned capacity would be created in higher-resource neighborhoods. This is critical: as we all know, little new housing has been built in high-income areas in recent years, due to restrictive zoning and NIMBY pressure.
However, it’s important to note that the rezoning plan does little to encourage housing growth in many of the Westside’s most affluent and supply-constrained neighborhoods, like Sherman Oaks, Brentwood, Westwood, Venice, and Westchester. Under the current plan, these neighborhoods would only accommodate 7% of the citywide rezoning plan. This is unfair and illogical, especially given that these areas have extremely high housing costs, widespread single-family zoning, and near-zero housing growth.
Every neighborhood needs to do its fair share to fix Los Angeles’ housing crisis, and that includes affluent Westside neighborhoods too. Will you take one minute to send LA city council a message about this, and help make Westside more affordable and inclusive?
Tell LA City Council:
put solving our housing crisis above caving to a small fringe of Westside NIMBYs!
LA’s housing element will be voted on at the Housing Committee meeting this Wednesday. The Committee’s members as well as other council members should insist on amending the rezoning plan to rezone more parcels in high-income Westside neighborhoods. This can include legalizing 8 homes on more R1-zoned parcels in these neighborhoods, outside of environmentally sensitive or very high fire risk areas. This will also help to achieve the creation of 300,000 new homes through rezoning, a target set by Council President Nury Martinez and six other councilmembers. If you live or work in LA, use the tool below to send a 1-click email to LA City Council, and help bring more homes to the Westside!
Pasadena Housing Advocates
Wed 10/27 | 6pm
Westside for Everyone
Thurs 10/28 | 7pm
San Fernando Valley
Thurs 10/28 | 6pm
Friends of the Purple Line
Friday 10/29 | 5pm
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Abundant Housing LA is presenting a 2-part workshop on LA County’s housing and homelessness crisis in partnership with North Hollywood Neighborhood Council!
What would a better housing future look like for LA, and how do we get there while making sure we equitably center communities, prevent displacement, and adapt to the climate crisis? Join us to learn about housing history and what YOU can do to advocate for housing in your community. We will cover:
- Overview of the racist history of exclusion in zoning and land use, with a focus on LA
- The relationship between housing scarcity, high housing costs, and homelessness
- The environmental impacts of scarcity, and why we need housing density to reach climate goals
- Planning for housing abundance while centering equity, community, and environmentalism – What opportunities exist for advocacy? What policies should we advance?
Pro-housing rapid response team for LA City!
What does it take to make it onto the pro-housing rapid response team? A few qualities we are looking for:
Sign up here.
These homeowners volunteer their backyards for tiny housing for homeless neighbors
Four years ago, the owners of a small single-family house in Seattle decided to volunteer the use of their backyard for something new: They let a nonprofit build a tiny sustainable home in the yard and helped a man who had been homeless for a decade move in, rent-free. He still lives there, having built a close relationship with the homeowners. And 11 other homeowners have followed, in a small but growing program called the Block Project.
Bogus “Historic” Districts: The New Exclusionary Zoning?
Under Oregon law, any building identified as “contributing” to a National Register district—whether or not its owner agrees that their structure “contributes”—can never be replaced without the express permission of the city. (Portland’s current code goes further: demolition actually requires a direct vote of city council.) The real-world effect of this, though, isn’t actually to give more authority to city council. It’s to create a process so unpredictable that almost no one will ever risk pursuing a project that requires something as discretionary as demolition review.
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