City Planning

The City Planning Division administers and implements City land use and development policies, urban design policies, and historic preservation program. The division processes a variety of development approval applications, working closely with the Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board to ensure new development reflects city land use policy and enhances the built environment.

In addition to providing direct services to the public by staffing a public counter, preparing information handouts, and responding to citizen inquiries, the division conducts extensive community outreach on development projects, working closely with both the applicant and community to identify and resolve key issues early in the process to ensure new development reflects the community’s long range vision for Santa Monica.

Top Functions

  • Historic Preservation
  • Zoning
  • Planning Commission
  • Current Projects
  • Architectural Review Board
  • Strategic Planning - prepare area plans, specific plans, and General Plan updates; undertake special projects and planning studies; conduct community outreach; develop concepts for capital improvement projects associated with plans.
  • Long Range Plans - (2010 LUCE, 2013-2021 Housing Element, Bergamot Area Plan, Downtown Specific Plan, Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan)

Contact Us

City Planning

1685 Main Street, Room 212
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-8341