Angelenos have sent a clear message: they want to live in a City with more affordable housing, a more robust public transit system, and more support to get homeless Angelenos off the streets and into homes. Over the past 40 years, Los Angeles has added people without adding enough places for them to live. To help us close this shortage, Mayor Garcetti has already surpassed his goal of building at least 100,000 housing units by 2021 two years early.

Making Better Use of Limited Land

In 2017, Mayor Garcetti signed Executive Directive 19, affirming the City’s commitment to his inclusive, transit-oriented vision for Los Angeles that will streamline transportation infrastructure projects, reform the planning process, and improve transparency at City Hall. The Executive Directive allows the City to build transit infrastructure and housing more quickly and efficiently by fostering collaboration among City Departments and the MTA. It also addresses long-standing concerns about transparency in the development process by prohibiting Planning Commissioners from holding any private meetings about projects under their consideration.

The Garcetti Administration also implemented new city-wide initiatives, like the Transit-Oriented Communities Program, that incentivize developers to build affordable and low-income housing near major transit hubs so that Angelenos don’t have to choose between getting to work and paying the rent.


Making the Development Process Work Better

Mayor Garcetti has made it easier to build by streamlining the permitting process for new affordable housing developments by providing an in-person concierge support service, and reducing the time it takes to approve new construction by up to nine months. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety now offers several programs that allow developers to concurrently advance multiple permitting and approval processes.

The City is also overhauling its zoning process through the re:code LA initiative, a comprehensive rewrite of the 1946 zoning code that will address the City’s contemporary housing needs, and directing development services departments to sign “Partnership Plans” to expedite the permitting process.


Parallel Design Permitting Process (PDPP) reduces approval timelines 5-9 months by allowing construction to proceed concurrently with design for development projects with more than 30 units.

Permit 100,000 housing units by 2021:
Accomplished ahead of schedule


Since July 1, 2013

permitted housing