Sacramento Tries to Nuke Santa Monica (Again)

When it first appeared it was almost a joke, some kind of bizarre nightmare; a State senator from San Francisco recently introduced legislation to encourage new housing production throughout the state. SB-827 would do away with all zoning restrictions within a half-mile of a train station, a quarter-mile of a frequent bus route, and a … Continue reading Sacramento Tries to Nuke Santa Monica (Again)

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

A Six Pack of City Defining Areas

In our built out City, there are six significant areas of land whose eventual development will have an inordinate impact on the future of our City. Development of these areas, if left to today’s “market forces” without considering the big picture. may result in in an irretrievably lost opportunity that could distort our City for … Continue reading A Six Pack of City Defining Areas

The “Broken” D.A. Process

Santa Monica is undergoing a period of sustained growth. But it has reached a crossroads where even bus shelters can’t be designed successfully. Why are we at this intersection?We have a city budget that drives development and planning codes allowing Development Agreements (D.A.s) to override our zoning codes. Instead of following the zoning code, it … Continue reading The “Broken” D.A. Process