Yesterday, the Los Angeles Department Planning released new details for its twin updates of the Central City and Central City North community plans - collectively known as DTLA 2040.


The plans, when adopted, will effectuate zone changes allowing Downtown to accommodate 125,000 new residents and 55,000 new jobs through the year 2040 - representing 20 percent of the City's anticipated population growth in just one percent of its land area.

DTLA 2040, as detailed in our previous reporting, makes several key changes land use regulations - including the elimination of parking minimums within the community plan boundaries.

”Eliminating required parking minimums is an exciting step toward linking people-centered development and mobility,” said Hilary Norton, Executive Director of the transportation management organization FASTLinkDTLA and a newly-appointed member of the California Transportation Commission. “With mobility technology innovations happening every day and future rail and a Downtown Streetcar planned for DTLA, eliminating parking minimums puts Downtown’s focus toward using existing parking more efficiently, creating a vibrant public realm, and investing in a multi-modal ecosystem that shifts us away from driving alone.”

“For decades, we’ve prioritized shelter for cars over people by requiring parking minimums in Downtown,” said Director of Planning Vince Bertoni. “All of that changes today with the new policies that we’ve laid out in this Plan. We’re removing onerous regulatory requirements that have either slowed or impeded development — unlocking in the process the potential for new housing and jobs.”

For a more detailed breakdown of the new zoning anticipated as a result of DTLA 2040, see our past coverage here.

The Planning Department expects to conduct the environmental review process for DTLA 2040 throughout next year. The Department anticipates that the plans will be presented to the City Planning Commission for consideration in late 2020.

More information will be available at community outreach meeting scheduled at the following times and locations:

  • Saturday, November 2 - 10:00 a.m. at 417 N. Hill Street 
  • Tuesday, November 5 – 4:00 p.m. at Pico House, 424 N. Main Street