Who Does Shape Land Use Decisions in L.A.

The most important tools of local government for shaping the economy are indirect but very powerful over the long term – land use and transportation.

A newly formed group – Coalition to Preserve LA – contends that L.A. city government is not doing a very good job adhering to its General Plan, which provides the framework for land use and traffic policies.

They feel so strongly about the issue they are advancing a ballot measure – Neighborhood Integrity Initiative – for the November 2016 election, that if passed, would establish a moratorium of up to two years for any development project that requires a City Council vote to increase the number of housing units allowed on a particular site. The moratorium would be lifted more quickly if city officials show they have updated various “community plans,” documents that spell out how individual neighborhoods may be developed.

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