Kidical Mass - Superheroes! - This Saturday

The City of Santa Monica will host a "Kidical Mass!" family bike ride this Saturday, August 23 from 9am - 12pm at Virginia Avenue Park. This ride's theme is Superheroes and the kid sporting the best costume will receive a prize.

In addition to the 90 minute bike ride, the event will include bike checks, helmet decoration, face painting, a prize drawing, and snacks. Organizers ask that kids help "save the world!" by bringing reusable cups for water.

Please RSVP to transportation.management@smgov.net by August 22.

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Review Resumes October 1

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:

October 1 - LUCE Amendments

October 22 (not confirmed) - Resolutions of Intent

A community meeting is planned for mid-November.

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 denise.smith@smgov.net.

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

The 2014 National Bike Challenge is Underway!

Are you interested in riding a bike? Do you live, work, or play in Santa Monica? Join the Bike Santa Monica team! Whether a beginner or a seasoned rider, anyone can participate and all are welcome. May 1 kicked off the National Bike Challenge – a competition where bicycling communities go head-to-head to log the most miles in the country.

Follow These Steps to Sign Up:

  • Log on to the National Bike Challenge website and click on the red "JOIN" flag to create an account.
  • Once your account is created, click "My Account" in the upper right corner.
  • Scroll down to the "Your Groups" section and search for Bike Santa Monica.
  • You're now a part of an exceptional team of bicyclists! You may also want to use apps such as Endomondo, Moves, or Map My Ride to log your miles or set personal records.

If you have trouble registering, please contact Colleen at colleen.stoll@smgov.net

For questions about safety or how to get started, including the best routes or someone to ride with, contact Lumo at luis.morris@smgov.net

Don’t have a bike? Contact the Santa Monica Bike Center at 310-656-8500 for a free loaner bike and equipment.

Bike Santa Monica placed first in California in the 2013 challenge. The City workplace finished first statewide among workplaces. The key was riding safely, often, and logging total miles. With new bike facilities added this past year and more people cycling, Bike Santa Monica is poised to win the national challenge.

Happy Riding!

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 Kyle.Ferstead@smgov.net .  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.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Aug 23

Kidical Mass - Superheroes! - This Saturday
Virginia Avenue Park - 2200 Virginia Avenue

Aug 26

City Council
City Hall Council Chambers

Aug 27

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers

Sep 03

Planning Commission: Cancelled

Sep 17

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers