AIA Los Angeles Encourages Los Angeles City Council to Vote Against the Proposed Interim Control Ordinance for Formula Retail in Chinatown
Last Updated: September 6, 2012
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Will Wright
AIA Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2012) - The American Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles (AIA|LA) encourages the Los Angeles City Council to vote against the proposed Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) for formula retail uses in Chinatown. If passed, the ICO will establish a negative precedent, encouraging spot-zoning rather than reasoned and process driven deliberation.
Land-use regulations are best determined by updating community plans, a process that requires public input and is a holistic way of planning for future growth of the City. An effective community plan process is the best way to preserve the unique character of Chinatown. The City should implement progressive design guidelines that compliment the character of the community while at the same time allow for creative and innovative solutions to enhance the public realm.
The ICO sends a negative message to the business community, retarding further investment in Los Angeles. Establishing the spot-zoning precedent for political purposes creates uncertainty in the market and discourages businesses from locating in Los Angeles.
AIA|LA agrees with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, the Los Angeles Planning Commission, the Los Angeles County Business Federation and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce that the Chinatown ICO is unnecessary at this time.
About AIA|LA - AIA|LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of our local architecture and design community. AIA|LA's membership includes architects and design professionals actively engaged in the industry. Members work at diverse companies representing a broad range of professional practices. Through advocacy, education, networking and outreach, AIA|LA serves as a resource to help make the Los Angeles region more delightful, healthy, sustainable and economically competitive.