On February 10, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the “HI” Hybrid Industrial Live/Work Zone Ordinance, which creates a new zone classification in the City of Los Angeles, the Hybrid Industrial (HI) Zone, with accompanying land use and development standards. The Ordinance becomes effective March 30, 2016. Generally, the purpose of this new zone classification is to permit the development of residential live/work units, hotels and other specified commercial uses on property within an existing current industrial zone and designated as Hybrid Industrial in the General Plan.
The newly adopted HI Zone is the first industrial zone of its kind in the City. In addition to permitting a mix of residential and commercial uses on industrial land, projects sited on land zoned as HI may exceed a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 1.5 up to a maximum of 6:1 with the provision of public benefits and other development commitments like below-ground parking as specified in the Ordinance. The Ordinance includes development incentives in exchange for affordable housing, additional non-residential floor area, public art and public open space, among other commitments. In addition, the HI Zone includes an FAR exemption for the reuse of existing structures. The new zone also includes stringent requirements regulating the size and layout of the permitted live/work units to promote productive work spaces compared to traditional residential developments.
The Ordinance was hotly contested among stakeholder groups regarding the density bonus program and other development incentives.
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December 2017 UPDATE: The city rescinded the ordinance because on March 23, 2016, the Petitioners Yuval Bar-Zemer, Mark Borman, Paul Solomon, Arts District Community Council LA, and Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (Petitioners) served the City with a petition for writ of mandate claiming the City violated CEQA on the basis that an initial study and possibly an environmental impact report were necessary to adopt the Ordinance. The trial was held on April 11,2017.