Answering questions about Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative

By now, most of you may have heard of the LUVE initiative. LUVE stands for Land Use Voter Empowerment. It is a citywide initiative started by Residocracy to allow residents to vote on major city development issues and projects. Signatures are now being collected to place it on the November ballot. This initiative is in … Continue reading Answering questions about Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative

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6 reasons to support Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative

Some of you may have heard of the LUVE initiative. We support this measure, which aims to protect Santa Monica from overdevelopment, keep traffic from getting worse, preserve resources and protect the widely loved character of the town. This SMa.r.t. column explains what it is and why we support it. LUVE stands for Land Use … Continue reading 6 reasons to support Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative

Downtown Santa Monica and the ‘Community Plan’ that isn’t

The City’s focus on maintaining the character of our environment has recently shifted from the neighborhoods, to the Downtown. “Storm clouds” are gathering with an impending clash between residents, developers and City staff over the future of our City’s core. In 2010, the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) was approved. Its implementation has taken … Continue reading Downtown Santa Monica and the ‘Community Plan’ that isn’t

Six Questions about the Downtown Plan

The City of Santa Monica is currently engaged in finalizing its Downtown Community Plan (DCP). This Specific Plan is generally bounded by Lincoln Blvd., the 10 freeway, Ocean Avenue and Wilshire Blvd and is supposed to govern development in this area till 2030. SMart (Santa Monica Architects for a responsible tomorrow) recognizes that different factions … Continue reading Six Questions about the Downtown Plan