On May 13, the City Planning Commission advanced the Department’s proposed Mello Act Ordinance to the City Council. The ordinance aims to protect existing residential units while increasing the current supply of affordable housing along California’s Coastal Zone, in neighborhoods such as Pacific Palisades, San Pedro, Venice, and Wilmington.

The ordinance would institute permanent regulations and procedures on the demolition and construction of housing projects. It would also implement new requirements for housing projects that apply for a change of use, or which require planning approval for the conversion or subdivision of land. 

Upon adoption by the City Council, the Mello Act Ordinance would establish more rigorous provisions for the preservation of existing units, while creating additional units through inclusionary zoning to increase access to housing in Los Angeles’s Coastal Zone.