Councilmember Ryu Calls for Affordable Housing Increase in Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC)

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion today instructing the City’s Planning Department to revise the guidelines for Transit Oriented Community, or TOC, development. The TOC reform seeks a higher requirement for affordable housing in high and mid-market areas. The TOC program, created in 2017 after the passage of Measure JJJ, allows developers to build denser, taller housing near transit if a portion of the new units are made affordable.

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February 11, 2020

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Councilmember Ryu Calls for Affordable Housing Increase in Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC)

Motion tackles affordability in high-market areas 

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion today instructing the City’s Planning Department to revise the guidelines for Transit Oriented Community, or TOC, development. The TOC reform seeks a higher requirement for affordable housing in high and mid-market areas. The TOC program, created in 2017 after the passage of Measure JJJ, allows developers to build denser, taller housing near transit if a portion of the new units are made affordable. 

“The TOC program has been successful in bringing more density near transit and addressing an immediate need for more housing, but there are areas where it has failed,” Councilmember Ryu said. “When 28 units of rent-stabilized housing are destroyed to make way for a project with only 20 units of affordable housing, that is not a success - that is displacement. High-market areas like Greater Wilshire and Hollywood have been a boon for TOC developers, but not enough of that wealth is shared with the community in the form of rents we can afford and housing we need. The TOC program must create more units for working Angelenos - not fewer.”

The current TOC guidelines require 8% to 25% of units be set aside for affordable housing, depending on how affordable the units are and the project’s proximity to major transit. Councilmember Ryu’s motion seeks to raise that requirement in high-market areas, where real estate is more lucrative for developers, and market-rate rent is more out of reach for working Angelenos. The tiered system would be similar to the one Councilmember Ryu fought for in the affordable housing Linkage Fee Ordinance, passed in 2017.

The motion introduced today notes that Los Angeles “must do more to break down income disparities up to and including a citywide inclusionary zoning ordinance” but that in the meantime, reform to the TOC program would be a strong first step.

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. It has been referred to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

Read the motion here.

Read more about Councilmember Ryu’s plans on housing and homelessness here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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