COVO A small-lot development called COVO, from KTGY.

LOS ANGELES—Developers shouldn’t have a problem meeting the new design standards for small-lot ordinance development that have been proposed to the City. The design guidelines, once approved, will require that developers take basic steps to create properties that fit into the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhood. Many of these standards are already being addressed by developers.

“The number of new standards runs the spectrum from dwelling orientation, which is something as simple as primary facades, whether that is primary entries or public rights of way, meaning that you can’t turn you back on the neighborhood if you are facing a public street to details on façade articulation, to a detailed roof line,” Alan Scales, a principal at KTGY Architecture + Design, tells “There is an additional set of standards for pedestrian access and rooflines, landscaping and building modulation.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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