Garcetti, Council Members Want to Revise ‘Community Plans’ for Development in L.A. Neighborhoods

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Facing a potentially bruising ballot fight over real estate development next year, Los Angeles’ political leaders announced Wednesday that they will seek a sweeping update of the plans that govern the size and density of new buildings that go up in scores of neighborhoods.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and several council members said they want the Planning Department to revise nearly three dozen “community plans” by 2026, a task that will require the hiring of 28 new employees at a cost of $4.2 million a year.

Updating the plans, Garcetti said, will help communities focus on ways of making housing more affordable, improving commutes and protecting the character of residential neighborhoods.

“It’s not just a question of if we’re going to grow, but how we’re going to grow,” he said.

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