Planning Commission

Established in 1946, the Planning Commission acts "To promote the health, safety and general welfare by encouraging the most appropriate use of land; provide adequate open spaces for light and air; prevent undue concentrations of population; lessen congestion on streets; facilitate adequate provisions for community utilities and facilities such as transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks and other public requirements; and, designate, regulate and restrict the location and use of buildings, structures and land for residents, commerce, trade, industry and other purposes." [SMCC 1007]


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  • After a public hearing thereon, recommend to the City Council the adoption, amendment or repeal of the Master Plan, or any part thereof, for the physical development of the City
  • Exercise such control over land subdivisions as is granted to it by the governing body of the City and by the laws of the State of California
  • Make recommendations concerning proposed public works and for the clearance and rebuilding of blighted or substandard areas within the City
  • Exercise such functions with respect to zoning as may be prescribed by ordinance.

Meetings & Minutes

The Planning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, California.

Discretionary applications that require a public hearing and the date of the next hearing may be found on the Case List. Float-up discussions for applications that have not yet been formally filed may also be found on the case list.


From September through December 2017, meetings for the Architectural Review Board, Landmarks Commission, and Planning Commission, have been temporarily moved to new locations. Please see agenda for specific location details. 

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