Mello Act Ordinance


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Los Angeles
Document Title
Mello Act Ordinance
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use

Document Description
The Mello Act Ordinance (“Project”) is an ordinance to implement California Government Code Section 65590-65590.1, also known as the Mello Act adopted by the Legislature in 1982. The Mello Act seeks to preserve and expand the number of affordable dwelling units in the Coastal Zone areas of the State of California. The City has been complying with the Mello Act through the application of the Interim Administrative Procedures (IAP) adopted by the City Council (CF 98-0255) effective April 15, 2001. The Project will adopt permanent local regulations, process and project review requirements in the Los Angeles Municipal Code that will replace the existing Interim Administrative Procedures for projects that result in demolition, loss, or conversion of Residential Units and/or the development of new Residential Units in the Coastal Zone. The Project will also include the establishment of the Coastal Zone Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the purposes of collecting in lieu fees and expending funds to create additional affordable housing units in the Coastal Zone. No land use changes are proposed as part of this Project. The main changes between the proposed Project and how the City has implemented Mello under the IAP are procedural and administrative in nature. More specifically the Project will: • Be consistent with and implement the provisions of the Mello Act (Government Code Section 65590-65590.1). • Ensure the preservation and maintenance of existing Residential Units, both affordable and market rate. • Clarify the roles between the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) and the Department of City Planning (DCP). • Apply to any action for which a permit, authorization, or determination is required to be issued, resulting in the Conversion, Demolition, or reduction of the number of existing Residential Units; and/or the construction of new dwelling units. • Apply to Change of Use from residential to a non-residential use and Condominium Conversion that converts one or more existing Residential Units to a condominium, cooperative, or similar form of owner. • Apply to all Existing Affordable Residential Units that are rent restricted. • Modify location allowance for Existing Affordable Residential Units replacement requirements. • Create an in-lieu fee option for qualified affordable replacement units and fractional inclusionary units. • Apply inclusionary requirements to developments of five or more units and require units to be built “on-site”. • Introduce new and standardize methodology for financial feasibility studies. • Incorporate regulations for Protected units and Right of First Refusal. • Establish the Coastal Zone Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The Project Area includes the Coastal Zone portions of the Brentwood-Pacific Palisades, Venice, Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey, Westchester-Playa del Rey, San Pedro, and Wilmington-Harbor City Community Plan areas. These Coastal Zone areas are aggregated into the following subareas (see Figure 1): Subarea 1 Palisades (comprised of the Pacific Palisades Coastal Zone areas); Subarea 2 Venice (comprised of the Venice, Del Rey, and Playa del Rey Coastal Zone areas); Subarea 3 Harbor (comprised of the San Pedro Coastal Zone areas and the Wilmington Coastal Zone areas). The Project, in and of itself, does not propose or approve any development or any construction.

Contact Information
Susan Wong
City of Los Angeles
Lead/Public Agency
200 North Spring Street, Room 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone : (213) 978-1472


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Citywide Southern California
Other Location Info
City of Los Angeles - Coastal Zone

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Citywide Code Amendment)
Local Action
Citywide Code Amendment
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Coastal Zone Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Energy Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Growth Inducement Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mandatory Findings of Significance Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Utilities/Service Systems Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Coastal Commission (CCC) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB) California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation Santa Monica Bay Restoration State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT)


Environmental Document
Mello ND ENV-2019-7394-ND FINAL   PDF 1820 K NOI Mello Act Ordinance 2   PDF 182 K
Notice of Completion & Environmental Document Transmittal MELLO ACT ORDINANCE   PDF 279 K
State Comments
2021020124_Caltrans comment   PDF 178 K

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