March 20, 2017
The city of Los Angeles’ planning department recently released a detailed set of guidelines for the voter-approved Measure JJJ, which passed by 63% of Angelenos last fall. The measure requires developers receiving a general plan amendment, zone change or other variance to 1) employ prevailing wage labor and 2) provide affordable housing through projects or pay an in-lieu fee.
The zoning components give developers new direction for affordable housing projects. But another overlooked element, the Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program, is expected to help stimulate development.
“The city’s implementation of Measure JJJ offers opportunities to implement several best practices in transit oriented development that can support development around transit stations and ultimately increase access to and ridership of public transit,” said Jenna Hornstock, L.A. County MTA Transit Oriented Communities’ Executive Officer. “It will promote increased density around transit stations through the density bonus.”
TOC applies only to transit-adjacent sites, requires higher levels of on-site affordable housing, and provides more generous incentives. The TOC program functions similar to California’s Density Bonus Incentive Program, which grants exemptions from certain code restrictions, in exchange for providing on-site affordable housing.
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