Los Angeles Countywide Objective Design Standards

Los Angeles County, CA

The County of Los Angeles (County) Department of Regional Planning hired Gruen Associates to develop objective design standards for residential and mixed-use developments to steer development decisions throughout the unincorporated territory of the County. Working closely with County staff, Gruen developed flexible, objective design standards for building types found in and desired for unincorporated areas in LA County. The design standards were incorporated as an update to Title 22 of the County’s Municipal Code. In addition, Gruen developed an illustrated User Guide for both County staff and project applicants, as well as a training program for County staff to ensure the proper application of the standards in the future.