Thanks to BIA-LAV's advocacy efforts, our coalition partners, and our membership's participation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took amendments to bifurcate residential development from the art ordinance. Yesterday, the Board only passed the ordinance with a 1% art fee on industrial and commercial development - not residential. Over the next 60 days, staff will review the effects of an art fee on housing, before an ordinance affecting residential development is considered. The items that staff has been tasked to respond to are listed below: 
  1. Analysis of the true cost of compliance for developers given the need to hire an art consultant;
  2. A pathway for affordable housing credits for projects already proposing affordable housing, including a pro rata application of the fee;
  3. A more concise path to compliance for developers that enhances transparency in the process, including clarification that the program does not apply to existing entitled development in addition to homeless and transitional housing; and
  4. A full list of fees that the County assesses on residential development across all departments during both entitlement and building permit/land development stages, of varying project sizes. 
We are grateful to Supervisor Barger and Supervisor Hahn for co-authoring the amendments to move residential development out of yesterday's ordinance. Special acknowledgement goes to the following BIA Members who participated in yesterday's hearing and over the last several months during meetings. This effort would not be the same without you:

  • Christine Villegas, Chelsea Investment Co.
  • John Hrovat, Equity Residential
  • John Musella, Musella Group
  • Peter Gutierrez, Latham & Watkins
  • BIA-LAV Board Members

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BIA-LAV will continue to work with staff to navigate the next steps being taken by the County related to implementation of the residential component based on the amendments. For more information, please contact BIA-LAV Director of Government Affairs, Diana Coronado .