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Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Freeze Development Until We Understand What is Happening in Downtown SM

Posted Jun. 5, 2013, 9:25 am

Letter To The Editor

Editor's Note: This is an open letter to the Santa Monica City Council regarding development.

Dear Pam (Mayor O’Connor) and Councilmembers:

I support the motion of Councilmembers McKeown, Vazquez, and Winterer that the City Council direct staff to bring forward only those Downtown Development Agreement applications where the proposed heights are within the maximum allowed for downtown in the 1984 Land Use Element. 

I believe that until the new Downtown Specific Plan is adopted, the City should only consider reasonable development that is within the existing limits.

In addition, all approved projects need to be evaluated as a whole for impact on City. No system would be built one piece at a time if it is to work!

Julia Mangir, Ph.D.

Santa Monica

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Jun. 5, 2013, 10:16:09 am

Maria Ries said...

Ahmen. The City of Santa Monica has become a conjested parking lot. Weekend traffic is a nightmare. What it going to be like in the future if this development continues. How greedy are you?

Jun. 5, 2013, 10:48:59 am

mario said...

I agree. We should stop building until there is a common sense plan. There's way too much over building already in the downtown area. The traffic is already bad enough, and will get worse if this continues.

Jun. 5, 2013, 12:17:57 pm

wolflen said...

I no longer drive downtown due to traffic..even early sunday morning can be a task...just wait until the "train" gets here ... and pushes Colorado drivers on all other streets...much like a full glass of water..the train will be a big ice cube..

Jun. 5, 2013, 6:17:58 pm

angela matano said...

yes, please!

Jun. 5, 2013, 7:23:59 pm

steve said...

Evaluate All Approved Projects For Impact on the City As a Whole. I definitely agree. Stop the insane PROJECTS, unless they are necessary and beneficial to the city as a whole.

Jun. 12, 2013, 6:07:49 pm

Adam R said...

Fellow citizens of Santa Monica, You spoke loud and clear in your support of this motion to temporarily freeze approval of these developments that greatly exceed current height limits. Guess what? Three members of the City Council (O’Connor, Davis, Holbrook) turned a deaf ear to our voices and voted to kill this proposal. Apparently they aren’t interested in what we think.

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