July 27, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Transportation Impact Fee Adopted By Santa Monica Planning Commission:

Developers eyeing new projects in Santa Monica may have to be cognizant of how their respectively planned residences or commercial buildings will impact traffic within the city, or be willing to pay City Hall a fee for not fostering its goal of “No New Net Trips” during p.m. peak hours.

A resolution outlining a “Transportation Impact Fee” was unanimously approved by the Santa Monica Planning Commission at its special meeting on Wednesday. The fee was incorporated as part of the adopted Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) to “mitigate negative transportation impacts of new development.”

Acknowledging “new development will continue to occur” in Santa Monica that “will generate new trips in the PM hour,” the resolution stated the new trips must be “offset through the development of new transportation infrastructure providing alternatives to automobile travel.”

The Transportation Impact Fee would basically direct new developments “contribute its fair share” toward the costs in cultivating new transportation infrastructure within the city.

“(Any) new development which does not contribute its fair share towards the cost of this new transportation infrastructure will inhibit the City’s ability to meet the No New Trips goal and only serve to further exacerbate the negative effects of increased vehicle travel,” the resolution stated.

“It is appropriate for new development(s) to pay for improvements to the transportation network to offset the additional vehicle trips generated by such development(s) so that no net trips are generated in the PM peak hour,” the resolution further stated.

Included in the development of alternative automobile infrastructure are increased public transit, bicycling, ridesharing, and walking.

Among recent new developments presented to planning commissioners and the city council, one project did not include plans for a parking garage. Many developments also make contributions toward the planned Expo Light Rail and to the development of bike lanes.

The passed resolution expressed the intent of the Planning Commission to amend a subchapter of Santa Monica’s zoning ordinance in order to establish the Transportation Impact Fee.

According to the resolution, Santa Monica is home to about 87,000 residents, but expands to an estimated 300,000 people during weekdays and between 500,000 and one million people on weekends and holidays.

in News
Related Posts

Two Arrested for Main Street Bike Shop Burglary

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

Two suspects were arrested for the burglary of a Main Street bike store after the owner witnessed the crime via...

Council Selects Berkeley Deputy City Manager to Helm Santa Monica

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

David White to be Santa Monica’s next City Manager starting in October  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica City Council has...

Ocean Park Library Set to Reopen

July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

New self-service hours begin July 28 By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica Public Library’s Ocean Park Branch is set to...

Police Tase Suspect Following Santa Monica Beach Stabbing

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

32-year-old man arrested Sunday evening on Santa Monica Beach, suffers head injuries in arrest By Sam Catanzaro As part of...

Santa Monica Beat: Santa Monica Beat – July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Serial Killer Arrested by SMPD Sentenced to Death * New Grants...

Santa Monica May Ban Lobbyists From Serving on Boards and Commissions

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

City Council instructs staff to draft ordinance to bar paid policy advocates from serving on board, commissions, task forces   By...

Water Near Santa Monica Pier Remains Questionable as Beach Closures Lifted Following Sewage Discharge

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

17 million gallons of raw sewage discharged from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Sunday Night By Sam Catanzaro Beach closures have...

Edify TV: Local Cafe Supporting Foster Youths

July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

La La Land Kind Cafe recently opened its first California location in Santa Monica, delivering not only unique coffee and...

Santa Monica Experiencing 9-1-1 Call Outage

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Update: As of 3 p.m., 9-1-1 phone service in Santa Monica has been fully restored. Please call or text 9-1-1...

Santa Monica Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit With Match.com: Santa Monica Beat – July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit With Match.com* SMPD and Services...

17 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage Spills Into Santa Monica Bay

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Sunday night spillage occurs 1-mile offshore from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant By Sam Catanzaro 17 million gallons of raw sewage...

Santa Monica Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit With Match.com

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Santa Monica among handful of California cities included in lawsuit By Chad Winthrop Santa Monica and a handful of California...

New Plans For Offices Near Santa Monica’s Memorial Park Revealed

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Designs call for nearly 40,000 square feet of office space By Toi Creel Santa Monica is getting a new look...