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David Martin is the City of Santa Monica's Director of Planning and Community Development.

News, Development, Santa Monica

Planning For Santa Monica's Future: An Overview From The City Of Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 16, 2015, 11:38 am

Big changes are coming to Santa Monica and city planners are working hard to coordinate all the moving pieces.

A rendering of the development proposed for 4/5th and Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica.

News, Planning Commission, Development, Santa Monica

Planning Commission Moves 4th/5th And Arizona Project Back To Council With Recommendations

Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 10:30 am

The developer for the proposed 12-story 4th/5th and Arizona project came back in front of the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday night for a public hearing that lasted more than three-and-a-half hours.

News, Los Angeles, Development

Hollywood Park Racetrack To Be Imploded Today For New Development

Posted May. 31, 2015, 8:39 am

Nearly 77 years of history was reduced to rubble in less than 30 seconds this morning when the grandstand at shuttered Hollywood Park Racetrack was imploded to make way for a new mixed-use development.

News, Development, Santa Monica, City Hall

Long-Awaited Santa Monica Zoning Resolution Passes

Posted May. 15, 2015, 9:57 am

After hours upon hours of impassioned public hearings and divisive council discussions that peaked last week with a council meeting that went well into the early morning, the new zoning ordinance update (ZOU) and land use and circulation element (LUCE) amendment resolutions came to a close.

California Incline detours that are now in effect through Spring 2016.

Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

The “Big Three” Santa Monica Construction Projects

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:39 am

The California Incline closed to traffic on Monday, April 20. I made the circuit of the “Big Three,” the three construction projects that have Santa Monicans talking about traffic. Walking from the under construction light rail station at 4th and Colorado, along the under construction Colorado Esplanade, and up Ocean Avenue to the under construction California Incline. All three projects have an estimated end date of Spring 2016.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance Update Meetings: Childcare, Cannabis, Cars & Capacity

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 am

Santa Monica City Hall hosted two evenings of heated study sessions this week, with public comment and Council discussion on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) taking more than 10 hours.

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks with Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Zoning & Development With Armen Melkonians Part 2

Posted Apr. 14, 2015, 9:40 am

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks with Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Video, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Zoning & Development With Armen Melkonians Part 1

Posted Apr. 10, 2015, 9:24 am

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks with Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.

Simone Gordon.

News, Development, Santa Monica

The Psychology Of Santa Monica Development

Posted Apr. 9, 2015, 9:05 am

As a graduate student studying Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Community Psychology, I essentially study what makes a city livable, how to integrate community members into their municipalities, and how to empower communities—in other words, my interest lies in what makes a city a happy city.

A rendering of the property at the corner of Ocean and San Vicente.

News, Development, Santa Monica

Remodel Trumps Tear Down At Ocean/San Vicente In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 9:08 am

The controversial corner block of Ocean and San Vicente is set to add a contemporary edge to Santa Monica with construction for a remodel underway on the 1952 property.

A diagram of the commercial office building plan moving forward at the former Paper Mate building site at 1681 26th Street.

News, Development, Santa Monica

Ex-Hines Site In Santa Monica Set For Adaptive Reuse As Office Space

Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 8:54 am

The empty Paper Mate building, sitting at 1681 26th Street Santa Monica, and previous location of the proposed community-dividing Hines Project, has a new owner and with that, a new plan moving forward.

Santa Monica Forward says it endorses the community’s vision for its future, expressed in the LUCE.

News, Development, Santa Monica

New Group Wants “Diverse, Sustainable & Equitable” Future For Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:35 am

A volunteer group of community members, residents and local activists has come together to stand up for a positive vision of Santa Monica’s future.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way To Unclog Congestion On Santa Monica Streets?

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm

Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.

Latest Malibu news.

News, Development, Malibu, Courts

Malibu Files Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Measure R

Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 2:58 pm

Malibu has filed a motion to dismiss all claims in a federal lawsuit challenging a local measure that put limits on chain stores in the seaside city, according to court papers obtained today.

Latest Malibu news.

News, Development, Malibu, Courts

Longtime Malibu Fight Over Trancas Town Project Comes To An End

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:54 am

A longtime development fight came to an end when a developer dropped the last of several lawsuits filed over the city of Malibu's rejection of the proposed Trancas Town project in the western part of the beach community.

Vacant land at 802 Ashland Avenue will be developed into a 10-unit complex despite protest from neighbors.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

802 Ashland Neighbors Contemplate Future After Development Is Approved

Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:30 am

Despite extensive neighborhood protest, a development for 10 residential units at the site of 802 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica, got the go-ahead Monday, with the design, colors, materials and landscape plans passed by the City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB).

Sue Himmelrich.

News, City Council, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

VIDEO: Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich Discusses Development, SMO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am

Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.

A rendering of Worthe Real Estate Group’s proposal for the future development of Bergamot Station Arts Center. Joe Coriaty of Frederick Fisher and Partners, the architects with the Worthe team said, “Keep Bergamot Bergamot. Focus on the arts.”

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council To Increase Bergamot Advisory Committee Membership

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:53 am

The hotly-debated development of Bergamot Station Arts Center was placed in front of Santa Monica City Council once again last Tuesday, Nov. 25, with the community and council members deciding to increase the number of advisory committee members and better define the application of a list of guiding principles.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Planning Commission, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

What Say You? Santa Monica Residents & The Zoning Ordinance

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:54 am

The Santa Monica Planning Commission, concerned about resident opposition to the current redline version of the proposed new zoning code, called a Town Hall Meeting at Lincoln Middle School for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Santa Monica residents addressed Santa Monica Planning Commissioners on Wednesday night at a Town Hall meeting regarding the Zoning Ordinance Update – currently in a proposed “redline” form to show proposed changes – that will spell out what can be built in the city for decades.

News, Planning Commission, Development, Santa Monica

Town Hall Zoning Meeting Packs Lincoln Middle School Auditorium

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:52 am

More than 200 Santa Monicans filled the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium Wednesday night to face the Planning Commission and discuss zoning issues and the recently released ordinance that outlines development guidelines for the city.

A rendering of the 32-unit housing projected approved Tuesday night for 1112 Pico Blvd.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Approves First Housing Project Of 2014

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 9:25 am

The empty block at 1112 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, will soon see some building action with a 32-unit housing project approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night.

News, Development, Malibu, Election

Malibu Residents Pass Measure R - Development Restrictions To Increase

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:03 am

Large development projects and chain stores in Malibu will face increased restrictions thanks to voters' passage of a measure backed by luminaries such as filmmaker/producer Rob Reiner and actor Dick Van Dyke.

A rendering of the seven-story mixed-use building proposed for 500 Broadway. Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to direct city staff to initiate the development agreement negotiation review process.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

500 Broadway Development Moves Forward For Review

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 9:13 am

Plans for the downtown Santa Monica block bordering Broadway and 5th Street have been approved for review, with City Council voting Tuesday to move forward with the development process for the site.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Slugs Developers With Affordable Housing Fee

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 9:06 am

The creation of an affordable housing linkage fee on new development projects moved one step closer to fruition following the Santa Monica City Council’s recent vote on the issue.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Magic Of Adaptive Reuse

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:22 am

Dear Editor, Just like your body, the urban fabric is continually renewing itself: buildings are continually torn down and new ones erected in their place in response to economic, demographic and political factors.

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