Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Housing Element Update

Program 3: Zoning Ordinance Update Program

Certain County rules and regulations may constrain the development of housing for low and moderate income households and those with special needs. To mitigate potential constraints, the Zoning Ordinance Update Program (ZOUP), and other programs, will update the County’s zoning ordinance to do the following:

  • Reform parking standards to encourage housing development.
  • Add clarification policies and procedures for special housing needs, including but not limited to: assisted living for seniors; housing for large and/or multi-generational households; and housing for persons with disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities. Incorporate by reference or add uses that are mandated by state law to be permitted by right in single-family zones.
  • Amend the definition of “family” and “disability” in Section 22.08.040, and add any other clarification or references to ensure consistency with state and federal fair housing laws.
  • Ensure Mobilehome Permit provisions are in accordance with state laws such as, but not limited to, Government Code § 65852.3.
  • Create standards for Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing.
  • Add clarification policies and procedures for transitional and supportive housing, homeless shelters, and residential care facilities to facilitate the implementation, and to ensure continued consistency with the State Housing Element Law, the Health and Safety Code, and state and federal fair housing laws.
  • Address other possible policies and procedures in the zoning ordinance that are inconsistent with the Housing Accountability Act, the Housing Element Law, and state and federal fair housing laws.
Objectives By 2015, amend the zoning ordinance through the Technical Update.
By 2016, amend the zoning ordinance through ZOUP and other programs.
Policies Policy 1.2: Mitigate the impacts of governmental regulations and policies that constrain the provision and preservation of housing for low and moderate income households and those with special needs.
Policy 8.1: Support the distribution of affordable housing, shelters, and transitional housing in geographically diverse locations throughout the unincorporated areas, where appropriate support services and facilities are available in close proximity.
Policy 8.4: Encourage housing design to accommodate special needs. Designs may include: units with multiple bedrooms; shared facilities; universal design; onsite child care; health clinics; or onsite job training services.
Timeframe 2015, 2016
Responsible Agency Department of Regional Planning
Funding Source General Fund

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