Q Conditions Approved by LA's Planning Commission

Los Angeles City Hall


I have an update on a planning item that has been an area of great concern in Elysian Valley.

Early last year, I introduced a motion to direct the Department of City Planning to provide tools to protect the unique fabric of Elysian Valley and it’s frontage along the Los Angeles River. I proposed an update to the Qualifying Conditions --also known as Q Conditions-- that overlay the area. My office held several community meetings over the past year, and on Thursday this item came before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.

I am pleased to announce the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed Q Condition updates. The Q conditions are a set of guidelines used to inform development, and include preference for adaptive reuse, reduced lot coverage and height limitations. The conditions allow the neighborhood to maintain its established character, while discouraging out-of-scale developments.

The Planning Commission approved the Q Conditions, that include a change of height for commercially zoned properties from 45' to 30'. This is the lowest height district in the city, and will help maintain the unique character that already exists in this neighborhood along the Los Angeles River.

I would like to thank the residents and merchants who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the public hearings and send letters in support of this initiative. I also want to thank the City Planning Department for collaborating with my office to address one of my top priorities.

The proposed revisions will now go to the Planning and Land Use Committee, and then on to the full city council for a vote. I will be sure to keep you updated on the progress.

Warm regards,

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell