In November of 2012, after the dissolution of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) created the Land Development Unit (LDU) to implement the development of affordable housing on land purchased by the CRA/LA for affordable housing.
In February of 2016, the City of Los Angeles adopted a Comprehensive Homeless Strategy that included strategy 7D, “Using Public Land for Affordable and Homeless Housing.” Shortly after the homeless plan was released, the City Administrative Officer (CAO) launched the Affordable Housing Opportunity Sites (AHOS) Initiative to identify City-owned sites identified for affordable housing.
Since 2016, the LAHD and the CAO have collaborated on the Land Development and AHOS Initiative by developing common processes and regulations. In general, the CAO is responsible for identifying and evaluating City-owned sites for development, and the LAHD is responsible for selecting developers and negotiating disposition development agreements.
In December of 2019, the Los Angeles City Council further restricted development of housing on public land by adopting motion (CF 19-1362) which limits projects on public land to 100% affordable housing, unless it is determined by Council that an increased number of affordable units can be achieved through a different business model.
CITY OWNED LAND
As of December 31, 2019 LAHD has 56 publicly owned properties in its land development pipeline. These City-owned land assets include: 1) properties transferred to LAHD from the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA); 2) properties acquired by LAHD; 3) properties foreclosed upon by LAHD, referred to as Real Estate Owned (REO); 4) properties managed and controlled by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and 5) sites identified by the City Administrative Officer as part of the Affordable Housing Opportunity Sites (AHOS) Program. As new sites are identified and made ready for development, LAHD will release properties through competitive selection process.
REQUESTS FOR DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS
The LDU makes land assets available for affordable housing development through a Request for Qualifications/Proposals (RFQ/P) to select qualified developers to develop and build affordable housing on vacant land. To apply for affordable housing development opportunities on publicly owned land, applicants must be registered with the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN) which can be found at LABAVN.ORG.
From time-to-time, the LAHD may release an RFP to a pre-qualified list of affordable housing developers established by the CAO or sell vacant properties through a City-contracted real estate broker and returning the sales proceeds to the Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund (LMIHF).
The LDU staff is responsible for project managing the selected developers to execute Exclusive Negotiation Agreements (ENAs) and through the negotiation phase, execute the Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA). The development projects include single and multifamily projects.
The City of Los Angeles City Council holds public hearings as required by the California Health and Safety Code Section 33433 with respect to the disposition of City of Los Angeles property acquired with tax increment moneys. Please refer to the following link to access details for City Council Committee Meetings: https://www.lacity.org/government/follow-meetings/council-committee-meetings
Reports are available for public inspection below:
For questions about Land Development, please contact Rick Tonthat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAHD notifies interested parties about the release of affordable housing development opportunities through its E-update service. To receive information and notifications related to LAHD land development activities, please visit https://housing.lacity.org/about-us/subscribe-to-newsletters