February 28, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

The City Council’s Final LUCE Meetings:

Santa Monica’s city ccouncil continued to review, discuss and modify the potential zoning changes that were incorporated in the Draft Land Use and Circulation Element document on July 1 and July 6.

One of the most controversial areas was what the future building heights should be. The controversy began during the planning commission’s review of the document after a group of architects (which included two members of the planning commission and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce’s LUCE sub-committee) claimed that the heights specified in the LUCE would produce poor quality architecture. The planning commission responded by modifying some of heights for some of the city’s land use designations. The city council agreed with the planning commission’s recommended height changes for the Mixed-Use Boulevard Low and Oceanfront areas. However, they decided to retain the recommended Draft LUCE heights for the Mixed-Use Creative, General Commercial – Santa Monica, Neighborhood Commercial, Industrial Conservation, Office Campus and the General-Commercial – Pico areas.

The council also voted to allow all 100 percent Residential Mixed-Use projects in the Mixed-Use Boulevard designation to be up to the planning commission recommendation of 55 feet or up to 60 feet with a corresponding percentage decrease in floor area ratio. All other mixed-use projects (those with commercial) are subject to the Draft LUCE recommendations. The council also supported the planning commission’s recommendations for building heights at Bergamot Transit Village of 81 feet if there is a corresponding percentage decrease in floor area ratio for heights above 75 feet. However, the council included a condition that would allow a maximum of 5 feet to be added to a minimum 13.5-foot ground floor height without that extra 5 feet counting towards the overall building height.

Another modification the council made was to permit auto dealerships who don’t already have storage or repair facilities in the City’s industrial zone to go into this zone with a City discretionary approval and a project specific Environmental Impact Report.

Councilmembers also endorsed the Draft LUCE sustainable strategies. These strategies include reducing greenhouse gases, reducing vehicle miles traveled, having a sustainable economy, reducing per-capita energy and water consumption, encouraging renewable energy use and production, improving environmental performance of buildings, and having green municipal operations.

Another council endorsement was the document’s strategies for measuring, monitoring and implem enting the LUCE. This process includes periodic review to monitor performance and progress, ability to put on the brakes to control the city’s rate of change, indicators tied to community priorities, reports back to the planning commission, and city council and ongoing community input on plans and projects.

Finally, the council endorsed the LUCE’s approach to retaining and enhancing the Santa Monica’s community character. This approach strives to maintain the city’s existing form and scale, ensure that new buildings contribute rather than detract form the character of the city, provide lively and complete streetscapes, and create active and vibrant spaces around the proposed Expo stations.

Further information on the LUCE process can be found at www.shapethefuture2025.net.

in News
Related Posts

(Video) Pro-Palestine Protest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Protesters were there to protest the arrival of U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi Counter-protesters drove by in a car. @smmirrornews Pro-Palestine...

(Video) Restaurants Replace Glass Front Doors After Late Night Robbery Spree in Del Ray

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Seven restaurants and small businesses in Del Rey and Venice, including Nick the Greek and Dudley Market, were robbed. Council...

SMMUSD Appoints New Asst. Superintendent of Education Services

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Dr. Williamson Will Assume Her Role on March 8, Bringing 17 Years of Education Experience In a special board meeting...

Hollywood Royalty to Shine at 96th Oscars: First Wave of Star-Studded Presenter Lineup Unveiled

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Incredible Lineup of Actors and Previous Oscar Winners Announced Executive producer and showrunner Raj Kapoor, along with executive producers Molly...

Vote Smart, Vote Early: Streamlining Your 2024 Presidential Primary Experience in L.A. County

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Skip the Lines and Save Time – Your Guide to Early Voting Options  In preparation for the upcoming 2024 Presidential...

Iconic Venice Beach Sculpture and Landmark to be Removed, Returned to Artist’s Property

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Since the Money, Effort or Desire to Purchase the Piece Appears to Not Be There, the Artist Wants It Back...

(Video) Heartfelt candlelight vigils in Westchester and West Hollywood for Nex Benedict

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

The non-binary 16 year old student with Choctaw ancestry died in Owasso, Oklahoma after being beaten by three older high...

Sweet Lady Jane Sparks Hope of Return – Popular Bakery Hints at Reopening Across LA

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

After Abrupt Closures, Beloved Bakery Hints at a Comeback, Leaving Fans Intrigued  Sweet Lady Jane, a Los Angeles cake bakery...

Waymo’s LA Expansion Hits Roadblock: CPUC Temporarily Halts Self-Driving Company’s Plans

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

California Public Utilities Commission suspends Waymo’s service expansion for 120 days. California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has put a temporary...

Real Estate Giant Funds LAPD Union Fund to Sway L.A. City Council Election in March

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

Santa Monica Company Responsible for LA’s Largest Mass Eviction Gives $400,000 Santa Monica-based Real estate investment trust company Douglas Emmett...

Santa Monica College Unveils 2024 Spring Jazz Series Lineup

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

Tickets for each concert are priced at $10 and can be purchased in advance The Santa Monica College Music Department...

Downtown Wellness Center Bridges Gap Between Psychedelics and Meditation

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

The Center Has Partnered With Local Agencies and Gave Free Sessions to Around 500 Veterans in Two Years By Zach...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Calls Special Board of Education Meeting

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

SMMUSD Gathers to Address Time-Sensitive Resolutions In a press release sent on Saturday, February 24, The Santa Monica-Malibu School District...

 39th Independent Spirit Awards Celebrates Independent Cinema in Santa Monica

February 25, 2024

February 25, 2024

Santa Monica Pier Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony Amid Pro-Palestinian Protest The 39th Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, another precursor to the...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Landlords’ Challenge to Rent-Control Laws

February 25, 2024

February 25, 2024

New York Landlords’ Bid to Challenge Rent-Control Laws Fails The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant property rights...