Posted May. 10, 2013, 9:10 am
Crossroads School may soon be adding new classrooms as part of a proposed science learning center, but Planning Commissioners hoped the Development Agreement (DA) that would make the upgraded high school a reality would be part of an evolving standard requiring certain environmental concessions from developers who want to build in Santa Monica.
Posted May. 3, 2013, 9:22 am
Quite a unique event took place inside council chambers at Santa Monica City Hall on May Day: the governing body considered a development agreement (DA) that was not a multi-use development featuring apartment units and ground floor shops.
Posted Apr. 12, 2013, 8:54 am
Malibu-based Marquis Property Company Ltd has acquired the one-acre development site at the south corner of Ocean Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard in Santa Monica to build 20 “ultra-luxurious” villa homes and penthouses.
Posted Apr. 5, 2013, 9:19 am
The Santa Monica Planning Commission recommended on Wednesday night a 53-unit development in the downtown core move forward and be considered by the City Council.
Posted Mar. 29, 2013, 8:10 am
By one commissioner’s count, the Santa Monica Planning Commission has only considered three development agreements (DAs) this year. When commissioners met March 20, they considered their first DA in “weeks.” As if seeking to establish a trend of slowing down the DA approval process, commissioners last week took a time out from deliberating a mixed-use development at 1318 Second Street, tabling the remainder of their discussion until April 3.
Posted Mar. 11, 2013, 9:08 am
Santa Monica’s planning commissioners will have an extra 60 days to deliberate development agreements (DAs), thanks to a modified ordinance that cleared both first and second readings at City Council in February.
Posted Feb. 22, 2013, 9:15 am
One week after the Santa Monica Planning Commission discussed and analyzed the draft Bergamot Area Plan, the discussion continues.
Posted Feb. 1, 2013, 8:45 am
Santa Monica’s Planning Commission met Wednesday night at City Hall to discuss the Bergamot Area Plan and give direction on land use districts and regulations, design guidelines, and development standards.
Posted Jan. 24, 2013, 8:49 am
Attorney and 20-year Santa Monica resident Sue Himmelrich was appointed to fill the sole vacant seat on the Planning Commission at the City Council’s Jan. 22 meeting. She fills the seat left open by Ted Winterer, who was elected to the council last November and sworn in weeks later.
Posted Jan. 22, 2013, 9:02 am
The open seventh seat on the Santa Monica Planning Commission is expected to be filled tonight, Jan. 22, one day before the board holds a special meeting to consider the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP). Once selected by council members, the full panel is expected to converse about and provide direction for the DSP.
Posted Jan. 14, 2013, 8:52 am
Just one day remains for potential Santa Monica Planning Commissioners to submit applications to fill the seat vacated by recently installed Council member Ted Winterer.
Posted Oct. 22, 2012, 2:12 am
A shorthanded Santa Monica Planning Commission unanimously recommended a 19-unit condominium project with a 41-space subterranean parking garage last Wednesday night, but not without weighing concerns voiced from neighbors living next to the proposed development.
Posted Sep. 20, 2012, 5:58 am
This is not an easy letter to write as I respect the planning department and their dedication to solving some very difficult planning and economic problems. There is constant pressure to densify cities now that suburban flight has run its course. However, that being said, I’m very familiar with two projects and somewhat less familiar with two others where the planning staff has led developers astray by supporting their bloated designs.
Posted Sep. 6, 2012, 12:57 am
Within a span of 24 hours last week, a pair of study sessions was held at Santa Monica’s City Hall that would impose onto developers who want to build here a series of fees that, officials hope, would ultimately alleviate traffic congestion throughout the coastal municipality.
Posted Aug. 31, 2012, 1:52 am
It has been the year of altering zoning codes to allow food trucks greater range to operate within Santa Monica. Only weeks after the City Council discussed food trucks operating on a lot near Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street, Planning Commissioners voted last week to recommended as many as four more other locations primed to house mobile eateries.
Posted Aug. 20, 2012, 1:59 am
Diners seeking a nice meal out at the Santa Monica Pier may soon have the option to enjoy their food on a rooftop deck while taking in an elevated view of the Pacific Ocean, as Planning Commissioners discussed Wednesday night the merits of allowing a new restaurant to include rooftop dining.
Posted Aug. 13, 2012, 2:18 am
It seems the only way to expand in Santa Monica nowadays is not out, but up. At no other place in the city is there a higher premium for space than the Santa Monica Pier, where a restaurant hopes to be allowed to expand upwards so it can offer its customers rooftop dining.
Posted Jul. 20, 2012, 1:14 am
Preliminary plans for a mixed-use project in Santa Monica at the eastern border of the city were met with apprehension from residents at the Planning Commission on Wednesday night. The project calls for 300 residential units, more than 500 parking spaces, and about 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial area.
Posted Jun. 20, 2012, 9:20 pm
The Village Trailer Park’s mixed-use redevelopment will head to Santa Monica City Council on July 24 after the Planning Commission recommended the Development Agreement (DA) move forward on Wednesday night, but with a raft of amendments to the project’s tenant relocation plan, design elements, and community benefits.
Posted Jun. 11, 2012, 1:48 am
One of Santa Monica’s most ambitious redevelopment projects may have to be a little less ambitious, as the Planning Commission considered an altered Colorado Esplanade on Wednesday night that could save City Hall millions of dollars.
Posted Jun. 1, 2012, 1:51 am
Another meeting. Another indecision. The future of Village Trailer Park (VTP) still remains in the balance. For the second consecutive week, the Sa...
Posted May. 25, 2012, 1:43 am
Santa Monica developer Marc Luzzatto presented his latest project plans for the Village Trailer Park (VTP) site called “East Village” to the Planning Commission on Wednesday night, but not without criticism from residents and community members who oppose the project.
Posted May. 23, 2012, 2:06 am
Revitalizing old sites with newer projects has appeared to be a theme at City Hall in recent years, and the old Papermate site and current home to ...
Posted Feb. 10, 2012, 1:00 am
Not all change is good was the message from an emphatic overflow crowd to planning commissioners at Santa Monica City Hall on Wednesday night about...
Posted Feb. 2, 2012, 12:18 am
Council members were presented with a status update of 20 past, present, and future projects last Tuesday night, with staff members assuring the da...