SoCal City Zoning Measures Posing Hurdles To Development

By Andrew McIntyre (March 4, 2016, 1:14 PM EST) -- Multiple attempts in Southern California to restrict developers' ability to obtain much-needed zoning changes from cities are part of a growing trend of taking such decision-making power away from local governments, and that's having a chilling impact on development across the region, lawyers say.

Allowing cities to give the green light to development projects is crucial to continued development, particularly in cities like Los Angeles, which have complex and antiquated zoning codes, according to attorneys.

The most ambitious proposal, in Los Angeles, would ostensibly put a two-year moratorium on all projects that require zoning changes, and it could also reverse recent...

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