Welcome to WUF
Westside UrbanForum is now in its third decade as the premier networking organization dedicated to the land-use dialogue impacting Los Angeles’ Westside. Our monthly speaker series features good company and distinguished insightful speakers focused on a lively debate about the future of our urban fabric. As a group of developers, planners, designers, architects and community members engaged in all facets of planning and development, we seek to increase the quality of policy discussions impacting the Westside.
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DEVELOPER CONDITIONS: Solemn Oaths or Idle Promises
Friday, April 17, 2015
A deal is a deal, right? Not necessarily. Los Angeles has a long, if complicated, tradition of imposing conditions on proposed developments in exchange for stakeholder support. Conditions, which include everything from height restrictions to parking requirements to aesthetic improvements, are a key part of negotiations between developers, community members, and public officials. But stakeholders in L.A. are increasingly concerned that the city lacks the means to enforce conditions. Westside Councilmember Mike Bonin has called for the Department of City Planning to devise ways to ensure that developers uphold the commitments they make to City Hall in return for permission to build. Can and should the City change the ways it enforces conditions of approval? Is this truly a problem, or just another issue raised by NIMBYs? Would these changes add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy to the already complex development process? How can we impose reasonable conditions, ensure accountability, and promote better projects and happier communities at the same time?
NOT YOUR PARENTS' LADOT
by Joel Epstein
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