The way that a city regulates and uses land influences people’s health, livelihoods and quality of life. The City of Los Angeles recently launched a Comprehensive Zoning Revision to be conducted over the next five years. The last time that L.A. conducted a full update of its zoning rules was 1946. This upcoming revision process is therefore a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to change the DNA of land use in the City and shape Los Angeles as a more healthy, equitable, and sustainable place.
The 1946 code helped establish land use and development patterns that defined Los Angeles as a suburban, segregated and car-based city. Although portions of the zoning rules have been changed and updated, the basic principles of the 1946 zoning code still govern how and where we live today.
The revision, which will start later this year and continue for five years, is a chance to promote land uses that reflect the reality and aspirations of contemporary Los Angeles, a place with a diverse population, expanding transit system, a need for more affordable housing, and young people who value urban energy and living. With the right policies, it can also help us become a better city with more walkable, equitable and healthy communities, more diverse and affordable forms of housing, less segregation, more sustainable systems, and more vibrant and creative places and economic activity.
From Goals Los Angeles to LA’s first General Plan
From the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the City of Los Angeles conducted a public planning process called “Goals Los Angeles” to develop the city’s first general plan. The General Plan is a document mandated by the state and by LA’s own charter that is intended to guide the future development of the city. The vision and plans developed during this period reflect the priorities and problems of those decades, but also contain much that is relevant today. We scanned these files to make them available to the public.
City Planners & Planning in Los Angeles (1781-1998): A short history of planning in the City Of Los Angeles written by staff from the planning department.
Citywide Plan: A summary of the 1974 General Plan that resulted from the Goals Los Angeles Process
Goals Los Angeles: Staff report on key problems facing Los Angeles and potential planning solutions to these challenges.
Gray Areas-A townscape study: Report by the American Institute of Architects commissioned by the City of LA on ways to improve low quality and unaesthetic land uses.
Zoning: Part 1: 1946 zoning code of the City of Los Angeles
Visual Environment of LA:Report written by team including urbanist Kevin Lynch on how Angelinos perceived their city and how the physical and visual environment could be made more appealing.
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 1
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 2
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 3
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 4
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 5
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 6
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 7
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 8
- Visual Environment of LA: Part 9
Concepts for Los Angeles: Analysis of four planning concepts (patterns of housing, transportation, employment and open space) that could be chosen to shape LA.
- Concepts for Los Angeles: Part 1
- Concepts for Los Angeles: Part 2
- Concepts for Los Angeles: Part3
- Concepts for Los Angeles: Part4
- Concepts for Los Angeles: Maps
Preliminary Citywide Plan Los Angeles: Draft general plan for Los Angeles
- Preliminary Citywide Plan Los Angeles: Part 1
- Preliminary Citywide Plan Los Angeles: Part 2
- Preliminary Citywide Plan Los Angeles: Part 3
- Preliminary Citywide Plan Los Angeles: Part 4
Concept Los Angeles: