Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan Kicks Off

The Planning & Community Development department has kicked off the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan (The LiNC) in collaboration with community and neighborhood groups, local businesses and a variety of City departments. The LiNC will develop a roadmap for improving conditions for Lincoln Blvd. businesses and nearby residents south of the I-10 Freeway.

This unique project goes beyond enhancing sidewalks, landscaping and right-of-way design by integrating additional tools to help local entrepreneurs thrive and contribute to a cohesive business community that better serves nearby residents and visitors. With a strong focus on beautification and the pedestrian experience, the LiNC will also address concerns related to traffic and congestion, safety, transit ridership, and parking.

For more information, please visit the project webpage and sign up to receive notifications and updates about how you can join the growing list of interested residents and businesses who want to help improve conditions on this important City street.

Submit comments to Peter James at

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Review Resumes November 5

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 the summer.

The topics scheduled to be covered at the remaining hearings are:

November 5 - Resolutions of Intention

November 19 - Town Hall meeting

December 3 and 17 - Redline review

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 early 2015.

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.

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