Rather than letting one of two competing ballot measures decide the future of LA, the city is taking matters into its own hands
There seems to be a solid consensus now that Los Angeles’s planning process is broken, but there are big divisions in opinions on how to fix it.
Two ballot measures have taken a stab at doing so: One, the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, would more or less freeze development—especially big, tall, dense development—for a couple years and prohibit exemptions to the incredibly outdated zoning codes. Another, the Build Better LA ballot initiative, would allow for “favorable conditions for General Plan amendments” if projects included a modicum of affordable housing for tenants who qualify as extremely low- or low-income—something that the city sorely needs—as well as local jobs.
But there’d been nothing formally proposed from the city or Mayor Eric Garcetti that attempted to repair the system and public opinion of the planning process. The LA Times editorial board even threw down the gauntlet last month with a headline proclaiming that the city “need