Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Housing Element Update

Program 9: Air Quality and Housing

Studies indicate that residences near sources of traffic pollution are associated with adverse health effects. While siting residences further from a pollution source reduces these adverse health impacts, it also reduces the potential for housing development.

Given the association between traffic pollution and health, the California Air Resources Board and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommend that residences be sited at least 500 feet from freeways, in particular. In addition, the Community Development Commission requires a minimum 500 foot distance from freeways as part of its funding requirements for new affordable housing development and affordable housing rehabilitation.

In an effort to improve health and provide an adequate housing supply, the County will continue to assess the impacts of siting residences next to freeways from a health and housing development perspective.

Objectives During the planning period:
  • Collaborate with appropriate private and public agencies to address air quality and housing development issues.
  • By 2016, consider the effectiveness of approaches, such as mitigation and design, and other alternatives to policies to prohibit or not fund housing within 500 feet of a freeway.
  • Revise County policies to reflect identified best practices.
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 1.3: Coordinate with the private sector in the development of housing for low and moderate income households and those with special needs. Where appropriate, promote such development through incentives.
Policy 1.4: Assist housing developers to identify and consolidate suitable sites for developing housing for low and moderate income households and those with special needs.
Timeframe Ongoing
Responsible Agency Department of Regional Planning, Department of Public Health, Community Development Commission
Funding Source General Fund, Community Development Commission

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