Proposed Interim Ordinance Extending Interim Ordinance 2569 (CCS)

On January 23, 2018, Council adopted the initial interim ordinance that established interim development standards in the R1 Zoning District pending adoption of the permanent revisions to the R1 development standards.  The interim ordinance is set to expire on May 22, 2018. The proposed interim ordinance extension would continue, until November 22, 2019, to provide an opportunity to conduct a comprehensive revision to the R1 development standards, particularly with respect to the size and scale of new construction.


DATE/TIME: TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2018, AT 6:30 p.m.


LOCATION: City Council Chambers, Second Floor, Santa Monica City Hall
1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, California


The City of Santa Monica encourages public comment. You may comment at the City Council public hearing, or by writing a letter. Written information will be given to the City Council at the meeting.

Address your letters to: 

 City Clerk
 Re: R1 Interim Zoning Ordinance Extension
 1685 Main Street, Room 102
 Santa Monica, CA 90401

 Or email to


If you want more information about this project or wish to review the project file, please contact Tony Kim at (310) 458-8341, or by e-mail at  The Zoning Ordinance is available at the Planning Counter during business hours and on the City’s web site at


The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please contact (310) 458-8341 or (310) 458-8696 TTY at least 72 hours in advance. Every attempt will be made to provide the requested accommodation. All written materials are available in alternate format upon request. Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Lines numbered 1, 2, 3, Rapid 3, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 10, and 18 serve City Hall and the Civic Center area. The Expo Line terminus is located at Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street, and is a short walk to City Hall. Public parking is available in front of City Hall, on Olympic Drive, and in the Civic Center Parking Structure (validation free).


Pursuant to California Government Code Section 65009(b), if this matter is subsequently challenged in Court, the challenge may be limited to only those issues raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Santa Monica at, or prior to, the public hearing.


Esto es una noticia de una audiencia pública para revisar applicaciónes proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica.  Si deseas más información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.

R1 Interim Zoning Ordinance

On February 13, 2018, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an interim ordinance that temporarily reduces the size of new construction in R1 single-unit residential zoning districts pending the completion of a comprehensive review of R1 zoning standards.  The interim ordinance comes on the heels of Council’s January 9, 2018 direction to prioritize a comprehensive review of R1 development standards.  Although the ordinance does not take effect until March 16, 2018, the changes are retroactive and will apply to any project in the R1 zone submitted after February 23, 2018.  You can look up the zoning for your home on the interactive zoning map to determine whether this ordinance applies to you. 


The following is a summary of changes:

Building Height: Max 28 feet

Parcel Coverage: Max 50% total on a sliding scale, Max 20% on second story

Second Floor Decks and Balconies: Max aggregate of 400 square feet 

Accessory Dwelling Units: Excluded from parcel coverage calculations 


The interim ordinance may be extended for a period up to five years pending adoption of permanent revised standards. The comprehensive review process is anticipated to begin in the first part of 2019 and will involve a significant public engagement process to identify the appropriate scale of new construction and additions in R1 neighborhoods.  


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If you have any questions, please contact any planner at the City Planning Division at (310) 458-8341 or

New Supplemental Soft Story Permit Application Packet

The City of Santa Monica’s Building & Safety Division is implementing a simplified process for soft-story seismic retrofit building permit applications. The new Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit supplemental application, simplifies a project’s plan check by removing the need for review by the City Planning and/or Mobility Divisions for most projects. 

The Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit supplemental application is completed in conjunction with the City’s regular Plan Check application and includes a series of questions about the project to determine whether the project qualifies for the exception from plan check review by City Planning and/or Mobility.

Further, for tenant-occupied residential properties, a simplified Soft-Story specific Means & Methods form is provided with the new application to replace the standard long form Means & Methods Plan. An applicant is only required to sign the Soft-Story Means & Methods form  1) acknowledging the tenant protections during construction and tenant relocationrequirements mandated by the Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC), and 2) agreeing to abide by these, and all other applicable requirements of the SMMC.

The simplified Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit supplemental application and Mean’s & Method form will be available beginning February 20, 2018.  For further information regarding the details of the application process for soft-story seismic retrofits, or other questions related to the City’s Seismic Retrofit ordinance, please visit or email .

Commercial Cannabis Licensing Update

The City of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications to select two (2) Medicinal Cannabis Retailers.  For more information on how to apply or for information on the permitting process for Medicinal Cannabis Light Manufacturing please visit the Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing page.  Please note the City has a prohibition on adult use non-medicinal commercial cannabis activities.  

New Water Neutrality Ordinance in Effect

The Water Neutrality Ordinance is a code that caps water use for new developments and new or enlarged pools, spas, ponds, and water features by limiting a project to the historical water use for that individual parcel. Click  here  for more information.

Historic Resource Inventory Update

Santa Monica Citywide Survey Update

In 2016-2017, the City of Santa Monica will be conducting an update to the City’s Historic Resources Inventory. Working with a consultant team of Architectural Resources Group and Historic Resources Group, the project will consist of the creation of a comprehensive Citywide Historic Context Statement, and a Citywide Historic Resources Survey that will be used to update the City’s Historic Resources Inventory. The context statement and survey will consider properties constructed through 1977. The team will look at all property types – residential (single- and multi-family), commercial, industrial, and institutional (civic buildings, schools, social clubs, etc.), as well as historic sites and landscapes – and will evaluate properties for potential architectural, social, and cultural significance. The team will be conducting outreach throughout the project, both to keep the community apprised of the project status and solicit input on potentially significant properties and neighborhoods. Email us at to be added to the mailing list for community outreach meetings, or watch this space for updates. Follow #samosurvey on social media on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for periodic updates and interesting finds.


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