Downtown Community Plan Program EIR

The proposed Downtown Community Plan (formerly called the Downtown Specific Plan) implements the City’s Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) goals and policies for the Downtown, addressing important issues including historic preservation, urban design, diversity of housing, sustainability, cultural arts offerings, open space, walkability, multi-modal access and parking, economic health, and integration with the Expo LRT. The Plan constitutes the City’s policy guidance and systematic implementation plan for the Downtown with a horizon year of 2030. The Plan provides a proactive strategy for Downtown to evolve into a more accessible, multi-modal, pedestrian-friendly urban district that serves the needs of Santa Monicans.

The Plan proposes development standards (maximum building heights and floor area ratios [FAR]) that would support the existing vibrant, pedestrian character of the Downtown,and enhance the basic urban form of the Downtown and the public realm. The Plan continues to encourage a complementary mix of land uses in the Downtown that include mixed-use housing, retail, services, restaurant, entertainment, creative office, hotel, and general office.

The Plan also identifies multi-modal investments to improve mobility in the Downtown, including enhanced transportation network connections, walking and biking facilities, transit service, and public realm improvements. The combined investment and additional TDM measures in the Plan would help to address congestion, facilitate reduction of single occupancy vehicle trips, reduce per capital vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions, encourage walking, biking and transit, and improve integration with the Downtown Santa Monica Station for the Expo LRT. The Plan recognizes that the Downtown has a concentration of historic and contributing resources that have an important role in setting the character of the Downtown. The Plan provides a number of strategies that strive to preserve the historic character of the Downtown. 


Final Environmental Impact Report - Monday Apr 17, 2017

Draft Environmental Impact Report - Wednesday Feb 01, 2017

The Recirculated Draft EIR comment period is 45 days as required by CEQA Guidelines Section 15105. Comments may be submitted, in writing, by 5:30 PM on Monday Mar 20, 2017

Draft Environmental Impact Report - Wednesday Feb 03, 2016

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Status Updates

Tue Apr 18, 2017


City Contact

Rachel Kwok, Environmental Planner

(310) 458-8341


Downtown Community Plan

Project Type

City Initiated


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CEQA Status

In Progress

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