Appointed by the Mayor in August of 2010, Michael LoGrande is Director of Planning for the City of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States.
As Director, Mr. LoGrande has worked closely with Mayor Eric Garcetti (and with former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa) to promote Los Angeles as a center of urban innovation and balanced growth. He has spearheaded efforts to rewrite the Los Angeles Zoning Code, to update the General Plan, to implement an Urban Design program, and to expedite the processing of development permits. At the same time, he has engaged neighborhoods in the planning process and protected single family neighborhoods, by reaching out to Neighborhood Councils, community groups, and homeowner organizations.
During his tenure, Mr. LoGrande has overseen the approval of various landmark projects including the Convention Center Modernization and proposed NFL Stadium, NBC Universal Vision Master Plan, USC Master Plan and University Village, Century Plaza Hotel expansion, Wilshire Grand, and the $1 billion Metropolis mega project. He has also overseen future planning efforts for mixed use development around transit stations, major reforms in small lot subdivisions and hillside development, planning for the future of the Los Angeles River, a comprehensive survey of historic resources, and an ordinance requiring bicycle parking in all new developments.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Planning, Mr. LoGrande served as the City’s Chief Zoning Administrator and as head of the Planning Department’s public policy development unit. His work in the Planning Department has included a variety of critical initiatives, including the creation of the Expedited Processing Section, which since 2004 has entitled more than 15,000 housing units, in a full cost recovery, fast-tracked process. He also directed the City’s Revocations and Nuisance Abatement unit, a multi-agency task force that has been responsible for shutting down liquor stores, slum hotels, nightclubs serving minors, and various other businesses that operated as a nuisance.
A native of California, Mr. LoGrande holds degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from California State University Long Beach. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Housing Development Company. He is a member of the American Planning Association, and is involved in many community based planning organizations.