Santa Monica Kidical Mass Set for April 26

Ready to try something fun and new? The City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Spoke, and the Santa Monica College Bike Club are pleased to announce the 2014 Kidical Mass Ride set for Saturday, April 26. It's a fun, comfortable bike ride experience for families and youth, coordinated by biking professionals.

In addition to the 2.5 mile bike ride, the event will include bike safety checks, helmet decorating, a free pizza party, and a raffle drawing for prizes.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Peter Dzewaltowski at

Planning Commission Meetings Added to Continue Review of Draft Zoning Ordinance

The Draft Zoning Ordinance has been released for review and comment. The document and all related materials can be found on the Zoning Update page. This is the first major Zoning Ordinance Update since 1988 and will contain provisions to implement Santa Monica's Land Use and Circulation Element, adopted in July, 2010. Planning Commission meetings have been held on the subject since December and will continue through May.

The topics scheduled to be covered at the remaining Planning Commission meetings are as follows:

May 7: Topic TBD

May 14: Topic TBD

May 21: (if needed)

A community meeting will be scheduled for late Spring or early Summer.

Hard copies are available at all Santa Monica Public Library branches, and for purchase at the Planning Counter in City Hall.

Please submit comments on the Draft Zoning Ordinance to Denise Smith at

The Zoning Ordinance will be presented to City Council for review and discussion in late Summer, 2014.

Draft Downtown Specific Plan Published

After two years of public input, the Draft Downtown Specific Plan was published on February 21, 2014 for public review and discussion.  The Draft Downtown Specific Plan implements the 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) vision for Downtown through a set of actions that address urban form, circulation, open space, arts and culture, economic sustainability, housing and historic preservation.  The Plan can be read and downloaded on the Downtown Specific Plan page .  Hard copies are also available for review at City libraries and at City Hall. Comments on the Draft Downtown Specific Plan can be sent to Kyle Ferstead at .  A Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is being prepared for the Draft Downtown Specific Plan and will include a public comment period beginning with release of the Draft PEIR.

2013-2021 Housing Element Adopted

On December 10, 2013, the City Council adopted the 2013-2021 Housing Element as a part of the City’s General Plan. The Housing Element contains policies to guide the City toward developing, retaining and rehabilitating housing to serve the community’s needs over the document’s eight-year period.

New Preferential Parking Permit Rates Effective October 1, 2013

The City of Santa Monica has adopted new Preferential Parking Permit rates that will be in effect for all Resident and Visitor permits with an effective date that begins on or after October 1, 2013. This will be the first change to Preferential Parking Permit rates since 1984. The new rate structure also reflects the City’s policies to better manage parking through pricing by keeping the rates of the first permit low while significantly increasing the rates for three or more permits.

Bergamot Area Plan Adopted

Santa Monica's City Council adopted the Bergamot Area Plan at its September 10th, 2013 meeting. The implementing ordinance will become effective in late October, clearing the way for new uses and projects to create a sustainable and pedestrian-oriented “complete neighborhood” around the Bergamot Expo Line Station that will serve thousands of residents and employees with amenities that put local needs within easy walking and biking distance. The effort to reduce trips is already beginning! City staff has been holding events in the Plan area to offer incentives for alternative transportation and over 200 area employees have begun to participate in vanpools, walking, biking and transit – getting a jumpstart on the arrival of the Expo!

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Apr 21

Architectural Review Board
City Hall Council Chambers

Apr 22

City Council
City Hall Council Chambers

Apr 26

Santa Monica Kidical Mass Set for April 26
Memorial Park

Apr 30

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers

May 07

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers

May 14

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers