Wednesday, May 9, 2012

City of Los Angeles Core Findings Ordinance

Core Findings Ordinance Ordinance Number: 182095 Adopted Date: March 20, 2012 Effective Date: May 07, 2012 An ordinance amending Sections 11.01, 12.03, 12.24, 12.28, 13.03, 14.3.1, and 16.05 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to update common findings for conditional uses, adjustments, and other quasi-judicial land use approvals to provide a better framework for analyzing the merits of proposed development projects and eliminate redundancy in case processing. Link to the Ordinance:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Studio City Residential Floor Area (RFA) District Ordinance Ordinance Number: 182048 Adopted Date: February 07, 2012 Effective Date: March 25, 2012  Section 1. Section 12.04 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code was amended by changing the zones and zone boundaries shown upon a portion of the zone map linked below and made a part of Article 2, Chapter 1of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, together with applicable regulations set forth in Section 2 of this ordinance, so that such portion of the zoning map for the Studio City portion of the Sherman Oaks- Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass Community is as shown in the link below with a Residential Floor Area (RFA) Zoning Supplemental Use District for all properties zoned R1 or RE:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

City of Los Angeles Baseline Hillside Ordinance

Baseline Hillside Ordinance
Ordinance Number: 181624
Adopted Date: March 18, 2011
Effective Date: May 9, 2011

Link to the Ordinance Number: 181624

Monday, November 30, 2009

LA County Proposed Oak Tree Permit Ordinance Amendment

A proposed amendment to Title 22 (Planning and Zoning) of the Los Angeles County Code Oak Tree Permits Ordinance. The amendment will update Title 22 pruning standards to be consistent with Fire Department requirements, define and specify regulation of deadwood, and add a new exemption to allow the Fire Department to adopt and implement their draft Healthy Oaks Ordinance. The amendment will not directly or indirectly allow the pruning or impact of trees for development.
The Forestry Division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Forester) proposed the Healthy Oaks Ordinance in order to allow property owners to prune or treat protected oak trees for health purposes without requiring an oak tree permit from Regional Planning. The Healthy Oaks Ordinance would allow property owners to maintain their trees by obtaining a permit from the Forester. The Healthy Oaks Ordinance permit will allow maintenance pruning on limbs greater than two inches in diameter and other arboricultural treatments to enhance the general health, vigor and safety of oak trees. Any construction or development activity affecting oak trees or unpermitted pruning will require an Oak Tree Permit administered by the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning. The Oak Tree Permits ordinance, Part 16 of Chapter 22.56 in Title 22, must be modified in order for the Forester to implement the Healthy Oaks Ordinance.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

U-2 Guitarist's mansion dreams meets opposition

You might say The Edge is having boundary issues.

The U2 guitarist's plans to build five mountaintop mansions in Malibu with fantastic oceanside views is facing fierce opposition from some famous NIMBYs concerned the homes will be an environmental catastrophe.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposed project would be built above homes belonging to the likes of Dick Van Dyke, Kelsey Grammer and James Cameron and would require some extensive and tricky engineering, including extension of a road down a rugged elevation, grading 70,000 cubic yards of hillside and installing water lines.
Click here for the full article.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fast Food Interim

Fast Food Interim
Ordinance Number: 180103
Adopted Date: July 29, 2008
Effective Dates:
September 14, 2008

An ordinance imposing interim regulations on the issuance of all permits related to the establishment of new fast food restaurants on commercial or industrial zoned properties located on streets designated as Major Highway Class I, Major Highway Class II and Secondary Highway in the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Community Plan area and portions of the South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan areas.
See the ordinance by clicking here.

Friday, July 18, 2008





Effective Date: June 29, 2008

ZI NO. 2391




The Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (No. 179,883), effective on June 29, 2008, establishes new regulations for properties citywide zoned single-family residential (R1, RS, RE9, RE11, RE15, RA, RE20, and RE40) not located in a Hillside Area or Coastal Zone, and primarily focuses on new size and height limitations. If this ZI is applied to a property then the ordinance applies. If this ZI is not applied to a property then the regulations in this ordinance do not apply.


Vested Development Plans This ordinance does not apply to development plans submitted for plan check prior to June 29, 2008 and vested under the provisions of Section 12.26 A.3 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. Projects For Which This Ordinance Applies Development plans submitted for plan check on or after June 29, 2008 shall be reviewed in accordance with the size and height limitation as outlined in the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (No. 179,883). A copy of the adopted ordinance is attached to this ZI, along with a technical summary of the new provisions.


Plan checks and permit approvals for development plans are done by the Department of Building & Safety. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call 1-888-LA-4-BUILD (1-888- 524-2845); outside of L.A. County, call 213-482-0000.

Link to full text of the above ZI NO. 2391: