Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass signed her first executive directive on Dec. 16 to accelerate and lower the cost of building affordable housing and temporary housing.
Under the directive, the city must complete the approval process for new affordable housing projects within 60 days. When construction starts, the permit, utility and certificate of occupancy process will be completed in five days for projects offering 100% affordable housing, and no more than two days for temporary housing. The executive directive came on the heels of the mayor’s emergency declaration on homelessness and her activation of the Emergency Operations Center.
“This is a dramatic reduction in red tape and acceleration of the construction timeline that will move people inside faster and save precious dollars that can be invested in more housing and more solutions for L.A.’s homelessness crisis,” Bass said. “By declaring a state of emergency, by activating the city’s Emergency Operations Center and by signing this executive directive, we are breaking City Hall away from its traditional approach that is focused on process and replacing it with a new approach focused on solutions, results and speed. This is a sea change, and that is what we need to bring a new direction to Los Angeles.”
Bass signed the executive directive at a construction site for Lorena Plaza in Boyle Heights, which took 14 years of navigating regulatory and legal hurdles to finally break ground. Under the directive, at least 31 pending affordable housing projects will be immediately expedited throughout the city.
On Dec. 21, Bass signed another executive directive launching Inside Safe, a citywide strategy to bring people indoors from tents and encampments, and to prevent encampments from returning.
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