Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 8:52 am
The sign on the building’s façade might read “Starbucks Coffee,” but the Seattle-based chain sporting a mermaid for a logo gained support for a conditional use permit (CUP) by the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday to serve beer and wine at one of its newest locations across the street from City Hall.
Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:25 am
Slow growth does not mean no growth. Though a proposed multi-use project in front of the Santa Monica Planning Commission did not squarely fit with the specifications outlined by the City’s trusty land use document, commissioners – including those who have consistently advocated for slow growth – voted July 9 to allow a development agreement (DA) to build a seven-story, 84-foot building at the Fred Segal Building on Fifth and Broadway to move ahead in the process.
Posted Jun. 17, 2014, 9:10 am
Dear Editor, When I moved to Santa Monica about 15 years ago, I chose to live near Wilshire because of transit. I have long seen increased use of mass transit as a very important part of a healthy society. Anyone who looks at the traffic along Wilshire can tell that it’s a transit corridor.
Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 1:37 pm
Dozens of Santa Monica residents turned out at the Santa Monica Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday night to oppose Palihouse Santa Monica’s application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to sell alcoholic beverages to hotel patrons.
Posted Jan. 7, 2014, 9:10 am
With the arrival of 2014, the Santa Monica Planning Commission will spend the entire month of January pouring over the Draft Zoning Ordinance Update, a document governing the many land uses and dedicated to implementing the City’s General Plan.
Posted Dec. 14, 2013, 9:15 am
In what could be one of the most significant proposals to be developed within Santa Monica this decade, the Planning Commission narrowly recommended Dec. 4 the Hines/26th Street development agreement (DA) proceed to the City Council.
Posted Nov. 22, 2013, 7:01 am
After three public hearings on the matter, the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday night resumed its consideration of the mixed-use development agreement (DA) proposed to be built at Bergamot Transit Village Center by Hines 26th Street LLC.
Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 9:08 am
A document outlining the next eight years of housing development, improvement, and preservation could be headed to the Santa Monica City Council before 2013 comes to end.
Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:30 am
Dear Editor: The Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights Steering Committee unanimously urges the Planning Commission and the City Council to just say “NO” to the proposed Hines Project DA.
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 9:14 am
The two proposed hotels at the corners of 5th & Colorado form the gateway from Expo to downtown. What statement will they make? “Welcome,” “I’m on vacation,” “come in and have fun,” “enjoy Santa Monica with its fresh air and sunlight,” or even just to stop and admire.
Posted Oct. 6, 2013, 10:23 am
With an updated Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) still taking shape, two new hotels could be erected in Santa Monica’s urban core in the very near future – but not before planning commissioners vet a pair of development agreements, or DAs, before they reach the City Council.
Posted Sep. 20, 2013, 8:28 am
A development agreement (DA) proposing to bring 471 rental housing units and as much as 375,000 square feet of creative office space to Bergamot Station and the Transit Village Center at 1681 26 Street has been deliberated by Santa Monica’s planning commissioners for the past two weeks.
Posted Sep. 11, 2013, 9:09 am
With the Expo Line slowly taking shape across Santa Monica and the Downtown Specific Plan being crafted by City staff, planning commissioners will be looking at a major component of the Bergamot Area Plan tonight.
Posted Jul. 26, 2013, 8:06 am
A coalition of clergy, community activists, hospitality workers, and students has come together to oppose two big box hotel brands coming to downtown Santa Monica. The proposals to bring a Courtyard by Marriott and a Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton have “serious shortcomings,” the coalition believes.
Posted Jul. 22, 2013, 9:14 am
Not quite a left turn at Albuquerque, the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) found itself on the Planning Commission agenda eight days after the Santa Monica City Council tabled its discussion on the matter until Aug. 13.
Posted Jul. 8, 2013, 9:07 am
Perhaps the third time will be a charm. After spending two meetings in June deliberating over the Final Bergamot Area Plan, the Planning Commission returns to the dais Wednesday to make one more pass at the document that proposes to re-zone a chunk of land between Pico Boulevard and the Santa Monica Freeway to be a neighborhood commercial district.
Posted Jun. 5, 2013, 9:02 am
Traffic circulation and management is on the agenda tonight for Santa Monica’s planning commissioners, who will tackle the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) as part of Santa Monica’s Zoning Ordinance Update.
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.