LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- New fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles will be banned within a half mile of existing ones under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the City Council.
The law includes other restrictions on stand-alone eateries, the Los Angeles Times reported. They include guidelines on landscaping, trash storage and other aesthetic issues.
Similar limits are in place in other LA neighborhoods. The council imposed a moratorium two years ago in southern Los Angeles.
The goal of the restrictions is to encourage the development of stand-alone restaurants and grocery stores.
"For a community to thrive, it is important to have balance, a full variety of food, retail and service providers," said Councilman Bernard C. Parks, one of the sponsors of the ordinance.
The ordinance includes exemptions for fast-food restaurants in mixed-use developments and shopping malls and for existing restaurants planning to expand.