Ryu Formally Opposes Zoning Code Workaround

Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu. Photo: Danny Feld.

LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu (Council District 4) today introduced a resolution to formally oppose San Fransisco Democrat Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 827 legislation, part of a package of affordable housing bills, which would allow California developers to flout local zoning codes to build taller and denser buildings near public transit in the interest of increasing the state’s affordable housing stock.

The city “must make every effort to expand affordable and middle-income housing, but not at the expense of local control over land use and community-driven planning,” the resolution reads.

According to the resolution, the city has already taken “substantial steps toward planning for future housing,” pointing to a new “linkage fee” adopted in January, which requires developers to pay into an affordable housing fund and a planned overhaul of the city’s 35 community plans as evidence of such.

“SB 827 is inconsistent with Los Angeles’ efforts to update its [c]ommunity [p]lans, update its [g]eneral [p]lan, extend tenant protections and craft equitable community planning,” the resolution reads.

Previously, California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin deLeon–who represents Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, East Hollywood and Atwater Village–drew local ire when he said some City Councilmembers publicly opposed but privately supported such pro-development affordable housing bills in a September 24th NBC Los Angeles interview.

A spokesperson for Ryu said at the time that the councilmember had no knowledge of such backdoor dealings.

A City Council vote has not yet been scheduled for Ryu’s Resolution, which must first be evaluated by the council’s Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, according to a Ryu spokesperson.

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