The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a plan today introduced by Councilmember José Huizar to create a City process that would allow as many as five Neighborhood Councils to subdivide into smaller Neighborhood Councils bi-annually.
Under the new ordinance, the City will accept no more than five applications every two years for subdivision considerations, which occur when a smaller community within a Neighborhood Council’s jurisdiction wants to create its own council. The plan requires the approval of the original Neighborhood Council on any subdivisions proposed within its jurisdiction. Before this new ordinance, Neighborhood Councils were required to decertify before proposing any sub-division plans, which created an unfair burden on those councils.
“I had constituents who asked for my help in drafting sensible legislation that would allow for a set number of neighborhood council subdivisions to occur in communities seeking it throughout our City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Our Neighborhood Councils have become an extremely important voice and link to our local communities. Those who serve do so as volunteers and, as such, their time is better spent dealing with community concerns, rather than trying to wrangle an overwrought decertification process. Our new legislation creates a simpler sub-division plan, while incorporating safeguards to protect the integrity and long-standing goals of our Neighborhood Councils.”