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LA Approves Roadmap for Dramatic Increase in Housing Citywide

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved on Nov. 24 a blueprint to zone for nearly 500,000 new housing units by 2029, as mandated by the state. “The housing crisis is one of the biggest and most pressing issues facing our city,” Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement following the vote. “While other cities have pushed back against their building obligations, our city has embraced this opportunity to develop one of the boldest housing plans in the nation and we hope to not only meet, but exceed, this challenge.” According to the Regional Housing Needs Assessment—a process required by the state that aims to ensure cities and counties plan for enough housing—the city must accommodate at least 456,643 new units by 2029, with at least 184,721 of them being affordable for lower-income households. Additionally, the city needs about 23,000 new affordable units per year, but only about 1,650 affordable units have been produced per year since 2014. The …

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