Los Angeles Housing Development Update, 3Q 2016

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We’re introducing a new feature here at Abundant Housing LA: quarterly updates on housing production in the City of Los Angeles. Our first edition goes through the third quarter of 2016, ending on September 30th.

Huge kudos are due to the Mayor’s office for creating the position of Chief Data Officer, a role held until late 2015 by Abhi Nemani, who brought Los Angeles’ open data rating to #1 in just one year. Transparent data is critical for government accountability and the ability of organizations like ours to track progress on important goals like housing production and affordability. So, first and foremost, credit where credit is due.

As this is the first installment in our quarterly housing update, we strongly encourage readers to provide feedback. Is there a data-set we should be using that isn’t reported here? Can the presentation of data be improved? We’re open to your recommendations and we intend for these updates to improve over time based on your input. Continue Reading


California: Don’t Leave America. Bring America To Us.

The Abundant Housing LA team worked on this editorial in response to the #CalExit push for secession from the U.S. Our pitch:

“We at Abundant Housing LA have a counter-proposal, one we think is both more hopeful and more plausible: Instead of leaving America behind, we should bring America to us. Our state attracts people of all races and ethnicities, genders and sexual identities, faiths and cultures. It’s something we’ve long celebrated, and rightly so. Rather than parting ways with the United States, let’s dial that welcoming attitude into overdrive. Let’s be radically inclusive. Let us be a refuge, a 21st century Ellis Island, for internal and external refugees alike.”

Read more here.

 


Help us support the proposed mixed-used development at 3700 Wilshire Blvd!

This week we need your help to support a proposed mixed-used development and provide input for LA’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance (look for the green buttons below).

In housing news, Portland has a unique new proposal that will address two challenging issues in their city: “mansionization” of existing homes, and a lack of affordable housing options. The idea is to limit the total development potential on single-family parcels, but to allow buildings to be divided into more than one unit. In other words, you would no longer be allowed to tear down a 1,500 square foot single-family home to replace it with a 4,000 SF one, but you _could_ build a 2,500 SF building with up to 3 units. You can’t buy a run-down home and turn it into a much bigger rich-person home, but you _can_ buy a run-down home and turn it into good, relatively affordable housing for 2 or more households. It’s an intriguing proposal, and represents the kind of win-win, outside-the-box thinking that AHLA advocates for. Read more here.

Help us support a development project in Koreatown

Help us support the proposed mixed-used development at 3700 Wilshire Blvd! This project will include 506 new apartments. This project will help increase housing supply and is ideally located close to transit. Write to the city of LA in support!

Send an email in support of the project with a single click

Submit input for LA’s ADU ordinance

We have a rare opportunity to improve L.A.’s rules to allow more residents to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs), sometimes also called a ‘granny flat,’ ‘backyard home,’ or ‘second unit’. These second units can help residents house their family members, earn rent to afford their mortgage, and add new housing units to help relieve LA’s housing crisis.

Los Angeles City is currently updating its ordinance that regulates ADUs in response to new state laws. This past September, Gov. Brown signed landmark Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) legislation to make it easier for property owners to build an accessory dwelling. for The state legislation will remove some barriers. Starting January 1st, anyone in California may convert any existing accessory structure (such as a garage) into a dwelling unit, as long as it meets safety code standards, has a setback sufficient for fire safety and it doesn’t exceed 1,200 square feet. If covered parking was removed by the dwelling unit conversion, it need only be replaced by parking on existing driveways or setback areas.

But it is crucial that LA pass a good local ordinance. Cities still retain some control over where ADUs are allowed, how big they can be, and parking requirements for second units. The details of the LA ordinance will determine where it is legal and feasible to build second homes.