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 .

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

It's a Breeze! Council Selects Name for Bikeshare System.

At its February 10, 2015 meeting, Santa Monica City Council selected "Breeze" as the name of the City's Bikeshare system, out of dozens of suggested names from residents.  The City continues to seek suggestions for hub locations that will serve every resident who will use the system to commute, do errands, or substitute a bikeshare bike for any trip they would otherwise make by car. Please participate now through our Suggest a Hub location tool.

For more information about the Bikeshare program, please visit our Bikeshare page.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Aug 31

Architectural Review Board
City Hall Council Chambers

Sep 02

Planning Commission
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Sep 08

Zoning Administrator
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Sep 16

Planning Commission
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