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.

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Discussions Expected to Conclude March 18

The Redline Public Review Draft Zoning Ordinance Update has been released and is available for public comment. Based on the Planning Commission's discussions, public comments, and continued staff analysis over 20 Planning Commission hearings, redline edits have been made to the initial draft of the Zoning Ordinance Update. A Town Hall meeting was held on November 19, 2014, the Commission met in December, January and February, and are expected to wrap up discussions on March 4, March 5 (if necessary) and March 18.

Hard copies are available at all Santa Monica library branches and at the City Planning counter in City Hall. Opportunities for public comment will continue to be available throughout the Planning Commission's review of the Redline Public Review Draft Zoning Ordinance as well as throughout the City Council's review of the draft Zoning Ordinance Update. A Zoning Ordinance Cross Reference Chart and a Public Correspondence Chart are also available for review.

City Council is expected to review and discuss the Zoning Ordinance Update in April, 2015.

Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan

The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan (The LiNC) has moved into its preliminary design phase in collaboration with community and neighborhood groups, local businesses and a variety of City departments.  Ultimately, 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

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.

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