In the Spot…light: Creative Zoning in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s new DCP (Downtown Community Plan) identifies three sites as “Established Opportunity Sites,” although the addition of the word “established” seemed to have appeared from nowhere in the final version presented to the Council for approval. The phrase “Opportunity Site” only appears once in the Land Use Circulation Element (LUCE) of the General Plan … Continue reading In the Spot…light: Creative Zoning in Santa Monica

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NEW CODE HAS BIG PLANS FOR OUR SMALL CITY

Last week’s article discussed Urban & Architectural Design (www.SMDP.com 1/16/16) and this week’s article will discuss Process, Zoning & Conclusions as related to Urban & Architectural Design. “The fates of cities are decided in the town hall.” Le Corbusier As populations increase in urban areas, densification is inevitable. The question then becomes- how much and … Continue reading NEW CODE HAS BIG PLANS FOR OUR SMALL CITY

Toward a better zoning code

The City Council is getting ready to approve a controversial new Zoning Code. Many would describe the currently proposed code as incentivizing development instead of managing it for a more neighborly, sustainable City. While the proposed Zoning Code has many contentious parts, the most significant controversy centers on the Boulevards where the proposed changes will … Continue reading Toward a better zoning code

Too long in length and too short in safeguards for a better City

As a community, we have spent more than six years establishing goals and objectives in defining the LUCE, a new general plan for our city. Then we set out to address the zoning code that codifies and implements the vision in the LUCE, but after five more years, the process failed to produce a document that … Continue reading Too long in length and too short in safeguards for a better City