1. Prevent traffic-generating over-development on the boulevards – Density
and height should be limited by the removal of Tier 3.
2. Eliminate so called Opportunity Sites that exceed zoning height, mass-
ing and density standards.
3. Eliminate “Activity Center” sites throughout the city on major blvds such
as the one proposed in Mid City that would cover the area contained by Clover-
field to 20th, and Broadway to Colorado.
4. Ensure adequate parking for customers and employees to prevent spillover
into residential neighborhoods – Parking standards must be set to protect neighborhoods, as promised in the LUCE.
5. Make lot consolidation rare in neighborhoods to maintain residential scale
and character, to preserve courtyard apartments and condos.
6. Encourage adaptive reuse of both commercial and residential .
7. Maintain Planning Commission authority over new development by removing prop-
osals for increased “administrative approval” – This will give too much power to staff, prevent public accountability, and end any appeals process.buildings.
8. Create human scale buildings to prevent mega-development by prohibiting the consolidation of parcels throughout the city – This will increase the number of neighborhood serving businesses and improve the pedestrian experience, as plan-
ned in the standards
9. Prevent changes to residential lot designations throughout the city – These parcels serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.being advanced in the Zoning for Main Street.
9. Prevent changes to residential lot designations throughout the city – These parcels serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.
10. Preserve open, green space – Zoning should not allow developers to buy their
way out of providing open, accessible, green space in each project by paying “in lieu” fees.
After more than a year of advocating to stop large traffic-generating development projects in our city, residents still need to have their voices heard regarding
the city’s Zoning Ordinance
Update. Developers and land use attorneys are advocating for zoning ordinance
changes that will allow them to maximize the size of their projects and profits, while increasing the traffic congestion that is choking both residential and bus-
iness districts in Santa Monica.
You can also email the City Council, which will be adopting the Zoning Ordinance Update, after the Planning Commission makes its final recommendations, at Council@smgov.net
And you can email the Planning Commissioners at these addresses, but your comments won’t automatically become part of the public record: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, GNewbold@gmail.com,Jim_Ries@hotmail.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,SHimmelr@hotmail.com,
The Zoning Ordinance Update – currently in a proposed “redline” form to show pro-
posed changes – will spell out what can be built in our city for decades. The red-
line lacks many protections for residents that the current Zoning Ordinance provides. That’s why this Town Hall meeting and your input at this point is important.
Wednesday night’s Town Hall will be more relaxed than Planning Commission meetings. Speakers can comment at the microphone without time limits.
At a recent public meeting, developers persuaded the Planning Commission to NOT include in the Zoning Update important issues that residents have advocated for,
and that staff and the Planning Commission had previously supported, such as
removing Activity Centers from Wilshire Blvd.
This is why the Commission needs to hear and receive written comments for the re-
cord from residents now and continuing through the City Council approval process
of the final Zoning Ordinance document. The “redline” version is available on the
City website: http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/
1. Full Redline Document (hundreds of pages long) shows what is now in the Zoning and what could be removed or added:
2. Comments document contains public comments that have already been recorded thus far. You may find your comments recorded here if you attended any of the Zoning Update meetings or sent emails to the Planning Commission for the public record:
3. Cross Reference Chart between existing Zoning and proposed Zoning.
http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Three documents are included
and available for review::