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)

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The Mansionization of Santa Monica

In the 1980s, Santa Monica’s single family zoning code was rewritten and modified to prevent the “mansionization” of small homes on small lots, from being built out to the maximum allowable height without setbacks and articulation of the facades. The revised codes were written with the intent to restrict maximum height vertical walls being built … Continue reading The Mansionization of Santa Monica