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Council Approves Controversial Live/Work Ordinance

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Council Approves Controversial Live/Work Ordinance

DTLA - After years of discussion and debate in the Arts District, the City Council last week approved a policy to incentivize and regulate housing development in industrial areas.

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The Citywide Hybrid Industrial Live-Work Ordinance stemmed from an Arts District-focused initiative and would apply to significant portions of that community and the Industrial District. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the council approved the measure that eases zoning restrictions on housing development in return for affordable housing quotas, pedestrian activation, green spaces and public art. New housing must also be designed as live/work units, with at least a 750-square-foot average to accommodate in-house jobs and businesses. Additionally, the ordinance demands that developers set aside space for non-residential uses, with only 50% of that allocated for retail (it could also be used for artists’ studios, tech incubator space, etc.). “This ordinance has the potential to reimagine and revitalize our aging industrial zones throughout the city,” 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, who led the effort, said in a prepared statement. The ordinance generated intense Arts District debate, with some stakeholders charging that it will lead to an explosion of generic low-rise apartment buildings rather than genuine job growth.

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