09 Feb The Schwartz Housing Plan
- Establish transparency by removing political money from development decisions
- Disclose campaign donations to city elected officials within 48 hours.
- Limit contributions from developers.
- Create a “housing czar” to coordinate efforts across departments
- This office will establish achievable goals and timetables and hold departments accountable for results.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Explore mechanisms to leverage the enormous investment potential of city, county and state pension funds to finance new housing
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