After months of hearings and community controversy, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission last week approved a state-mandated plan to limit development and slow growth on 1,500 properties in the Northeast area.
The downzoning is part of a citywide effort mandated more than 10 years ago to make zoning consistent with the city's General Plan.
The five-member commission voted unanimously to recommend the changes to the City Council, which is expected to consider the plan by the beginning of March.
If adopted, the sweeping changes will reduce the potential maximum population of the 26-square mile Northeast area from 466,000 to about 266,000. That is still 66,000 more than the 1980 U.S. Census revealed live there now.