A plan to allow denser residential development along a section of the Expo Line in the Westside was approved Tuesday by a Los Angeles City Council Committee.

The Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan would affect development guidelines within a half-mile radius of five Expo Line stations between Culver City and Santa Monica by allowing taller mixed-use buildings on major streets, residential buildings and offices in industrial areas, and multi-family development in a neighborhood of about 200 single-family homes south of the Bundy station.

“I’m really thrilled that this plan is before us today … and what I like about this plan is that we are building more density in areas that historically haven’t accepted more density,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, who is chair of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

If approved by the full City Council, as many as 6,000 new housing units could result from the change, according to a city report.

Although the project aims to reduce auto congestion by encouraging residents to use the Expo Line, the Westside Neighborhood Council said in a statement it is opposed to the plan because it could backfire and lead to more traffic from “a localized population surge that is far more than the Exop Line can support, forcing people back into their cars and onto our already congested streets.”

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