Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AGENDA :: AIA|LA Roundtable Discussion on Zoning Code Reform - February 27 (6:00 - 8:00pm) at GENSLER

AIA|LA Roundtable Discussion on Zoning Code Reform
Wednesday, February 27 (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
500 S. Figueroa Street 
Los Angeles CA 90071 
For directions click here.


6:00 - 6:13pm Networking, refreshments
6:13 - 6:15pm Li Wen and Arpy Hatkikian welcome everyone on behalf of Gensler
6:15 - 6:30pm Powerpoint Presentation by Alan Bell and Tom Rothman
6:30 - 7:15pm PANELISTS frame the discussion :: How do we ensure the optimal process for revising zoning code?
7:15 - 8:00pm Q&A Roundtable Discussion w/ Audience :: What is the narrative of Los Angeles?
8:00pm End.

AIA|LA Roundtable Discussion on Zoning Code Reform

As you may know, the City of Los Angeles is committed to investing in a process to revise and streamline our outdated zoning code.  This is expected to be a $5 million investment over the next five years.  Although a consulting team has been assembled and their contract pending, there are still many questions to ask as we move forward with this endeavor:

  • If the zoning code is a map of LA's future, what is the narrative we're trying to tell?
  • What is the most effective way to shape the City of LA zoning code reform process?
  • How do we modernize and re-evaluate compatibility of land-uses?
  • What should the zoning code of the 21st century look like?  
  • With the primacy of so many other environmental and fiscal considerations, why do we even need to regulate land-use in the first place?
  • How do we optimize economic development opportunities?
  • How do we incentivize design innovation?
  • How do we ensure equitable and accessible placemaking?
Alan Bell, AICP - City of Los Angeles
Tom Rothman - City of Los Angeles

Panelists // Responders :: 
Chava Danielson, AIA - DSH Architects
Liz Falletta - University of Southern California
James Favaro, AIA - Johnson Favaro Architecture and Urban Design
Ann Gray, FAIA - Balcony Media
John Kaliski, AIA - John Kaliski Architects
Hank Koning, FAIA - Koning Eizenberg
Neal Payton, AIA - Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Gwynne Pugh, FAIA - Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

ROUNDTABLE AUDIENCE :: Questions & Answers
Clifton Allen, AIA - Meyer & Allen Associates
Peter Zellner - ZELLNERPLUS 
Ryan Aubry - Kosmont Companies
Ava Bromberg - Atwater Crossing
Shiraz Tangri - Alston & Bird LLP
Martin Leitner, AIA - Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Michael Sweeney, AIA - Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Catherine Roussel, AIA - Woodbury University
Alex DeGood - Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
Neal LaMontagne - UCLA
Matt Goulet - Kosmont Companies
Steven Chavez, PLA, ASLA - SCA-LARC
Catherine Tang - AECOM
David Bergman, AICP - Metropolitan Research + Economics
Mark Vallianatos - Occidental College
Tina Hossain - Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Jean Armbruster - Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Gloria Ohland - MOVE LA
Amber Hawkes - Melendrez
Jonathan Parfrey - ClimateResolve
Deborah Weintraub, AIA - City of Los Angeles
Mark Glassock, MPH - Community Health Councils
Carter Rubin - David Bohnett Fellow at the LA Mayor's Office
Kurt Rademakers - Urban Insight
Elaine Kabala - Kosmont Companies
Raeven Flores, AIA - Abode Communities
Rene Rodriguez - Abode Communities
Lydia Vilppu - Lydia Vilppu Architecture
Mehrnoosh Mojallali, AIA - Merhnoosh Architecture - Urban Design
Brian Reiff - DIGBAR interiors & architecture
Marissa Aho, AICP - The Planning Center
Woodie Tescher - The Planning Center
Will Wright - The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles

USC Price School of Public Policy (students)
Jon Boyden
Nick Busalacchi
Stephanie Byrd
Yiming Chen
Amy Conway
Sarah Dominguez
Peter Enzminger
Ivy He
Bradley Henning
Ryan Kucinski
Janelle Mammini
Andre Sahakian
Zahratu Shabrina
Janis Stewart
Helen Wang
Xin Xin
Liping Zhang

BACKGROUND from the Department of City Planning ::

The last time the City of Los Angeles did a comprehensive revision was when the current Zoning Code was first adopted in 1946.  It has since grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a 600+ page book does not reflect our 21st Century needs or vision.

The proposal will result in a new Zoning Code that:
  • Establishes clear & predictable language
  • More effectively implements the Goals & Objectives of the General Plan and Community Plans
  • Offers a wider variety of zoning options that protect and/or enhance our communities
  • Reflects the diversity of Los Angeles and allows each neighborhood to maintain a distinct sense of place
  • Accommodates the City’s current and future needs
  • Improves the built environment, economic vitality, & quality of life
  • Is an economic development tool that will help shore up the City’s tax base
The work program includes an enhanced public participation strategy that will include many opportunities for public involvement and feedback.  Our Department is committed to an open and transparent process that ensures that all stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate and contribute to the new land use and development standards.

The project will not: 1) override any existing Specific Plans or Overlays; or 2) result in the wholesale "up-zoning" of the City.  Although changes will eventually be pursued in order to implement the new Zoning Code, the proposed work program does not include any amendments to the current Zoning designations.  Any future changes will include notifications and public hearings.


Below is a link to the Council File for the proposal.  It includes copies of the Department's funding request which outlines the proposed work program and budget plan, as well as other reports and comments submitted to date.

Council File No. 12-0460



very truly yours,

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government and Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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213.639.0767  fax

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