Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Compact Lot Subdivision

The intent of the Compact Lot Subdivision Ordinance is to promote affordable homeownership through the allowance of smaller, fee simple lots, in areas zoned for two-family and multi-family housing where infill development is encouraged. A “compact lot subdivision” is a land division that creates single-family residential lots with an area of less than 5,000 square feet. These compact lots are generally less than 50 feet wide, with modifications to other development standards, including but not limited to setback, street frontage, and access requirements.

By allowing greater flexibility in lot sizes and widths, compact lot subdivisions promote affordable homeownership opportunities. Due to the high cost of housing in Los Angeles County, reducing the amount of land required for new residences could potentially result in a significant reduction in the price of a new house. Lower home prices allow more residents to own their homes, while increased homeownership opportunities in turn contribute to neighborhood stability. Furthermore, compact lotsubdivisions ease overcrowding by allowing a greater variety in lot sizes, promote urban infill on vacant and underutilized parcels, and add flexibility in design to promote a diversity of housing types.

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