October is National Community Planning Month!

The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year's theme is Healthy Communities, Healthy People.The theme underscores the impact that the built environment can have on the health and prosperity of the community.

This year, the Planning and Community Development Department is celebrating Community Planning Month with a range of events, activities and contests to stimulate an appreciation for the role that Planning has played in making Santa Monica a picture perfect city.

Keep on the look out for displays in City Hall that describe the role of Planning in Santa Monica. And starting on October 1st to the end of the month we invite you to participate in our Community Photo Contest "#SMPlannedPerfection" by downloading the contest flyer and course map. Have fun, Santa Monica!

2015 Zoning Ordinance Update Approved by Council

On June 23, 2015, Santa Monica City Council approved the 2015 Zoning Ordinance update.  The update is the result of a three-year effort that included a Town Hall meeting, 33 Planning Commission hearings and over 500 public comments before final approval by the City Council. The ordinance will take effect on July 24, 2015.  The final document can be found on our  Zoning Ordinance update page .

Short-Term Rental Rules Clarified

On May 12th, 2015 the Santa Monica City Council adopted the "Home-Sharing Ordinance," which clarifies existing prohibitions against Vacation Rentals and imposes new regulations on Home-Sharing. A Home-Sharing informational web page has been developed to provide tenants and owners with preliminary information on these new regulations.

Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Project Unveiled

Residents celebrated the completion of Phase I of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Project (MANGo) on Saturday, May 30.  The ceremony included a few words from Mayor Kevin McKeown, speeches by local residents and music by the Santa Monica Symphony Brass Quintet. In addition to celebrating the landscape circles, the event celebrated the rich cultural history of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood.

Portion of Eastbound Colorado Avenue to Close Permanently

Construction of the Colorado Esplanade project will soon be underway. Beginning March 26, 2015, the eastbound lanes on Colorado Avenue between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue will close permanently, leaving westbound traffic only. Businesses will remain open during construction.

Ocean Avenue and 4th Street will remain open to traffic, as will the westbound lanes along Colorado Avenue, but drivers are asked to use Broadway and Olympic Boulevards for eastbound trips.

The project will create a unique streetscape between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue, including:

  • Protected pedestrian and cycling lanes
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Benches and bike racks
  • Festival lighting
  • Decorative paving
  • Simpler traffic flow

Bike share - The System Test has Begun!

With Council's approval of a new Bike share system on November 11, 2014, the City has moved full speed ahead toward the anticipated launch of Breeze in November 2015. Breeze will provide a new active transportation alternative for short hops around Santa Monica to local destinations, bus stops and soon the City's three Expo Light Rail stations.   

Breeze made its debut at the May 9th Santa Monica Festival in Clover Park, giving Santa Monica its first opportunity to experience the bikes. 

A limited system test began on August 13th, and there are now 30 bright green bikes breezing through the City being tested by Founding Members.  You can join them by becoming a founding member at www.breezebikeshare.com.  The full launch of 500 8-speed "smart" bicycles at 75 stations citywide, and up to five in Venice (City of Los Angeles) is scheduled to take place in November.   

Thank you to the hundreds of bike share enthusiasts who proposed a station site through our Suggest a Hub location tool and participated in the System Naming Survey.  Your input has helped Santa Monica's bike share system team develop a network of stations that will serve the entire community as a new active transit choice.

CycleHop, LLC is the City's contractor to install, launch and operate the bike share system.  This system is a first step in what may someday become an integrated, regional bike share system! The City is excited to be introducing this innovative technology that includes on-board computers that lock, unlock and track the bikes via GPS. 


Upcoming Events & Meetings

Oct 07

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers

Oct 13

Zoning Administrator
City Hall Council Chambers

Oct 21

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers