Los Angeles, California


April 2013 - Present


Code Studio
Torti Gallas and Partners
Winter & Company
White & Smith
Peter Park
Urban Insight
The M Group City Planning
Tebo Environmental Consulting
John Kaliski Architects
Patricia Smith
HR&A Advisors
The Robert Group
VPE Public Relations
The Doyle Logan Company
Design Gnomes

The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning has embarked on one of the City’s largest planning initiatives to date: a comprehensive revision of the City’s Zoning Code. The current Zoning Code was first adopted in 1946, and has grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a 600+ page book that does not reflect the City’s 21st Century needs or vision. Code Studio is leading a team of 15 consultants managed to undertake the five-year scope of work to prepare a Downtown Code, a City-wide code, and a web-based system to improve ease of use.

In the first year, the team prepared an evaluation of the existing code which was approved by the City Planning Commission and City Council as a roadmap for the drafting process. The team is currently working on a new approach to coding the City. Within the next year, the team will create a new Downtown Code intended to foster additional renovation, infill and redevelopment in the City center. Modifications to select single-family residential areas will also be completed using the new code approach. The City-wide zoning update will occur next. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be required for the adoption of any new zoning, and the team will provide these services as well.

Both new codes will be hosted as dynamic, web-based codes capable of providing for high quality browsing of the code on a variety of devices (desktop, tablet and mobile), as well as providing a subset of regulations so that users do not need to work with the entire code.

Visit the project website.