Controller Maps Publicly-Owned Properties in L.A. to Create Affordable Housing, Community Development Opportunities

LOS ANGELES — L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today released Property Panel, an online, interactive tool that maps 14,000 publicly-owned properties located within the City of Los Angeles — 7,500 of which are owned by the City itself. Available at lacontroller.org/propertypanel, Property Panel provides the public with information that could help put government properties to better use. Galperin aims to spur innovative ideas that create new economic development, affordable and homeless housing, revenue generation and other opportunities to improve communities.

Property Panel builds on the work Galperin’s office has done since 2017, when he released a map of City-owned properties. The new version — built with Esri mapping software and data from the L.A. County Assessor’s office — has an upgraded look and expands the scope by including all City-owned properties plus those owned by five other major government entities: the County of Los Angeles, LA Metro, the State of California and the federal government. Property Panel employs a color-coded system to delineate which government or public agency owns each property, and provides the property’s location, size and name.

Users can search the map by typing in an address to find public properties nearby and also scroll through data dashboards that filter properties by Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, County Board of Supervisors and City Council districts, and by Neighborhood Council boundaries.

“There are underutilized and vacant properties owned by the City and other public entities with tremendous potential to be used for a variety of things, including affordable, workforce and senior housing, or economic and business development projects,” said Controller Galperin. “Property Panel can help identify these properties, get governments to think more strategically about them, and engage residents and stakeholders who may have excellent, unconventional ideas about how they could improve our neighborhoods.”

“I applaud Controller Ron Galperin’s launch of Property Panel, which now includes nearly all publicly-owned properties in the City of Los Angeles,” said Jeff Prang, Los Angeles County Assessor. “It is my hope that the additional data furnished by the Assessor’s Office will prompt more creative approaches to how publicly-owned properties are utilized in order to better address the pressing issues confronting our communities. It is precisely this type of intergovernmental collaboration that builds a strong foundation for public service and more resilient communities.”

“Property Panel gets to the core of government: improving the lives of citizens. Residents within a local government’s jurisdiction should know about the resources available to them,” said Christopher Thomas, Director of Government Markets at Esri. “Controller Galperin’s perspective on taking very basic information, laying it out and posing a new set of questions is really intriguing.”

Explore Galperin’s Property Panel at lacontroller.org/propertypanel.

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