The Schwartz Housing Plan

The Plan

  1. Establish transparency by removing political money from development decisions
    • Disclose campaign donations to city elected officials within 48 hours.
    • Limit contributions from developers.
  2. Create a “housing czar” to coordinate efforts across departments
    • This office will establish achievable goals and timetables and hold departments accountable for results.
  3. Update general plan and all community plans within four years.
    • Establish immediate neighborhood dialogues with city planners and developers.
    • Review zoning for industrial and commercials areas.
  4. Review impact fees, borrowing costs, and other expenses developers face
    • Establish a working committee of developers, planners, and community members to identify ways to reduce the cost of building homes.
  5. Review incentive programs for creating housing for working families
    • Implement recommendations recently made by City Controller Ron Galperin to improve the effectiveness of the density bonus program.
  6. Streamline city and state regulation.
    • Make reasonable revisions to prevent misuse of CEQA requirements.
    • Establish a public/private task force to identify unnecessary, duplicative, and overly cumbersome city regulations.
  7. Encourage innovation, new ideas, and new technologies to solve the crisis.
    • Draw on the experience of successful new concepts and efforts elsewhere in the country.
    • Use the incredible intellectual resources of UCLA, USC, CalState Northridge, and CalState LA to develop housing strategies that are reasonable and achievable and make economic sense.
  8. Make the private and nonprofit sectors full partners in the housing effort.
    • Use their expertise to closely examine and evaluate such issues as approval processes, city fee structure, special requirements, and zoning with the goal of increasing housing in Los Angeles.
    • Work with developers, economists and urbanists to craft a reasonable package of incentives and requirements that stimulate a diverse portfolio of housing production at reasonable costs and maximum return – particularly reasonably priced housing for middle- and low-income families.
  9. Explore mechanisms to leverage the enormous investment potential of city, county and state pension funds to finance new housing

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