New State and Local Zoning Laws that Increase Residential Density



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July 20, 2023
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About the Program

In recent years the State of California and the City of Los Angeles have passed multiple new zoning laws and created numerous other programs that streamline the entitlement and permitting process in order to facilitate the development of new residential units. This has created a new paradigm in the development world that until less than a decade ago mostly viewed residential development through the lens of “by right.” Today, real estate professionals can look at a particular parcel and navigate through a number of options on how to build it, using various state-wide, city-wide, and neighborhood-wide, zoning laws. To add to the discussion is the significant new landscape of developing affordable units, either as part of the City of Los Angeles’ Transit Oriented Community menu’s, or, by building a 100% affordable project to help solve homelessness and other affordability issues surrounding housing.

This program will enumerate most of the major state-wide and local changes to zoning that override previous “by right” zoning laws and discuss the overall application of each, taking a look at this topic from the standpoint of both market-rate and affordable housing.

Meet the Speakers
Daniel Freedman
Daniel Freedman


Partner Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

Daniel F. Freedman is a partner in the firm’s Government, Land Use, Environment and Energy practice, where he assists clients on matters relating to real estate development, zoning, land use entitlements, and compliance with complex local, state and federal regulations such as CEQA, NEPA, Coastal Act, federal and state housing laws, and historic designation regulations. Daniel has more than a decade of experience assisting and advising on residential, industrial, commercial and mixed-use developments, as well as projects involving renewable energy, transit, outdoor advertising, mining and waste management. He also represents clients on related civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts, and is an experienced lobbyist on local, state, and federal matters.

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Chris Tourtellotte
Chris Tourtellotte


Developer La Terra Development

Chris Tourtellotte serves as a Managing Director of LaTerra. Chris is responsible for overseeing the Development group, sourcing and closing new acquisitions, sourcing debt and equity for LaTerra’s projects, and growing LaTerra’s apartment and mixed use development platform, which currently includes over 3,000 apartment units either under construction or in the pipeline.

Prior to joining LaTerra, Mr. Tourtellotte spent 7 years at Prudential Global Investment Management (PGIM), a global real estate private equity investment fund manager with over $50 billion of gross assets under management. Most recently at PGIM, Mr. Tourtellotte held the position of Director, overseeing all development activity west of the Mississippi River with over 20 development deals at a total cost basis greater than $1 billion. Prior to Mr. Tourtellotte’s role overseeing West Coast development, he spent 5 years on the West Coast acquisitions team where he worked on closing over $1 billion in acquisitions across all property types (multifamily, office, retail, industrial, and hotels) and all layers of the capital stack (senior debt, subordinate debt, preferred equity and equity).

Chris co-founded SnowGlobe Music Festival, which was ultimately acquired by MTV. SnowGlobe is a world-renowned annual music festival (featuring the largest musical acts in the world) drawing over 50,000 attendees over the three day event. Mr. Tourtellotte was responsible for raising the capital, and structuring and negotiating the investment documents prior to the inaugural 2011 festival.

Mr. Tourtellotte was selected for Real Estate forum’s 50 under 40 list. Mr. Tourtellotte holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) with a double concentration (Finance & Accounting) and a minor in Real Property Development from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Welton Jordan
Welton Jordan


Chief Real Estate Development Officer EAH Housing

As the Chief Real Estate Development Officer (CREDO) / Assistant Secretary at EAH Housing, Mr. Jordan is responsible for all real estate development activities including, business development, real estate acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction activities in California and Hawai`i. 

He presides over a current active pipeline of 60 deals totaling nearly $2 billion while leading a team of more than 25 development professionals, including several newly created positions such as director of development and director of portfolio finance and policy.

Mr. Jordan has been with EAH Housing since 2013 and is the first person to be appointed to the CREDO position in EAH Housing’s 50+ year history.  Under his leadership, he has increased overall visibility of EAH within the industry, grew and spearheaded a reimagination of the real estate development department, and has expanded the organization’s footprint into Sacramento, Southern California and the Central Coast.

He has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development, construction and finance for new construction and rehabilitation of a variety of multifamily developments. He has worked with many private and public funding sources to build affordable/family, market rate, mixed income, mixed use, workforce and permanent supportive housing.

Prior to joining EAH Housing, Mr. Jordan was a Development Project Specialist for the Housing Authority of the City and County of Fresno (HACCF).

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Mr. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Finance from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and earned a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has worked in public and private sector housing finance throughout California and received certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.

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Oron Maher
Oron Maher


Broker-Director Esquire Maher Commercial Realty, Maher Probate Realty, Bow Truss Investments, LLC

ron Maher is a leading commercial real estate veteran and the founder of Maher Commercial Realty, a Beverly Hills-based brokerage specializing in investment sales and leasing transactions across all property types within the Greater Los Angeles Area. With nearly two decades of experience representing high-profile buyers and sellers in the region, including major institutions and REITS, private family offices and individual investors, Oron has arranged over a billion dollars in transactions throughout his career and brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and an unmatched level of client service to the Greater L.A. market. Oron Maher’s firm’s approach includes a customized approach to each opportunity in order to highlight its unique value, leading to record-breaking sales and long-term client relationships.

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