Your BIA LA/V Chapter Update: April 2023

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Welcome to our monthly newsletter! We have some great updates to share with you this month. From new networking and sponsorship opportunities to local government affairs news, there's something for everyone. We hope you enjoy reading and learning more about BIASC LA/V Chapter. Thanks for being a part of our community!

See our Government Affairs update below for a quick recap of a few important chapter updates and meetings from this past month.

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Webinar Recap

BIA Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter

Perfect Storm Webinar: 2023 Housing Opportunities & Obstacles

Virtual Event

March 8-9, 2023

Thank you to all members who joined our two day Perfect Storm Webinar Series to hear from our special elected official guest speakers. Your attendance and participation are greatly appreciated! Stay tuned for more government affairs events and educational seminars to come.

Government Affairs Update


LA CITY TASK FORCE: BIA LAV continues to schedule regular meetings with senior planning staff to discuss industry best-recommended practices. The next meeting with Lisa M. Webber, Deputy Director for the Los Angeles City Planning Department is scheduled for May 17th. If you are interested in participating in these meetings, please email De’Andre Valencia at

PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES ORDINANCE: The City of Los Angeles is in the process of making zoning regulations more user-friendly, transparent, and predictable, the proposed ordinance would systematically reorganize the administrative provisions of the Zoning Code. The Processes and Procedures Ordinance is currently undergoing form and legality review by the City Attorney, as instructed by the City Council on June 22, 2021. BIA continues to track this ordinance.

WILDLIFE DISTRICT ORDINANCE: A proposed ordinance to amend the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to create a Wildlife Ordinance District that establishes regulations restricting location, size, fencing, landscaping, and design requirements of new development within the Wildlife Ordinance District. Staff has prepared a proposed ordinance and will consider public comment. BIA submitted a comment letter and has testified at the planning commission. Read the letter here. View the presentation here. This ordinance was passed by the Planning Commission and headed to the Planning, Use & Management Committee (PLUM). Date TBD.


EQUITABLE DECARBONIZATION ORDINANCE MOTION: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, representing the 3rd district, made a motion, seconded by Holly Mitchell, representing the 2nd district to report back to the Board within 120 days on potential policies and programs, including funding sources, to reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels in existing residential and commercial buildings. The report back should also include plans to initiate and/or participate in ongoing stakeholder engagement processes, such as those led by the City of Los Angeles; engage with state and federal agencies, electric utilities, advocates, academics, and others to determine the extent to which the increased electric demand resulting from efforts to decarbonize buildings can be met with existing and planned new clean energy resources; proactively advocate for and seek state and federal funding; and Zero Net Energy developments recommendations for an ordinance or building code changes that would phase out the use of natural gas equipment and appliances in all new residential and commercial construction and substantial renovations starting in 2023. BIA-LAV testified in opposition at the Board Supervisors' meeting on March 15th and continues to meet with key staff members as they produce the report back. Click here to review the motion.

NET ZERO ENERGY MOTION: On February 8, 2022, Supervisor Kathryn Barger representing the 5th district, made a motion, seconded by Janice Hahn, representing the 2nd district, to report back in 120 days the feasibility of establishing Zero Net Energy (ZNE) standards for major development projects and other large-scale development in unincorporated Los Angeles County. As part of the study, the Director of Public Works should consult with relevant public agencies as well as private sector partners including the Building Industry Association, and the Los Angeles and Orange County Building Trades, among others; and integrate the strategies identified in the Board of Supervisors Motion regarding “Streamlining and expediting the County’s permitting and development processes to support small businesses and the development of new housing” to incorporate ZNE standards into existing efforts. BIA continues to monitor the County's progress. BIA has met with County staff to express concerns.

INCLUSIONARY ZONING ORDINANCE: In August 2020, the County adopted an inclusionary zoning ordinance. At the time the ordinance was adopted by the Board, certain aspects of the ordinance were not applicable in three sub-regions of the County due to financial feasibility issues addressed in an economic analysis prepared for the County. That analysis determined that market-rate multifamily rental development in the Los Angeles/Gateway, South Los Angeles, and Antelope Valley sub-regions were unable to support inclusionary housing requirements. It also found that for-sale multifamily (condos and townhomes) development in the South Los Angeles and Antelope Valley sub-regions could not support an inclusionary housing requirement.

A motion was introduced by Solis and adopted with the inclusionary housing ordinance which asked for an updated economic feasibility analysis on the submarkets and related exclusions with an eye toward amending the ordinance to fully include these sub-areas. The motion also requested a report on ordinance amendments to the likelihood of off-site construction of affordable units” and “achieve deeper affordability for both rental and homeownership projects.


The County’s consultant HR&A released a short report called “Update of Market Concisions re: Inclusionary Housing Feasibility” that concluded, “changes over the past two years lead HR&A to recommend that the financial feasibility analysis of inclusionary housing requirements for both rental in the ELA/G, SLA and AV submarkets and condominiums in the SLA and AV submarkets should now be re-analyzed.” This report is a precursor to reopening the inclusionary housing ordinance to make it more onerous.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

BIA LAV March Madness

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
A Special Evening with Industry Leaders
Richard Nixon Presidential Library
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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

BIA LA/V Chapter & GSMC Chili Cookoff

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

BIASC Leadership Reception in the Desert

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Monday, June 12, 2023

BIA Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter Golf Tournament

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