In compliance with California State law, the City of Santa Monica has adopted a Safety Element to the General Plan. The Safety Element address a variety of natural and human-related hazards, and contains goals and policies aimed at reducing the risk associated with these hazards.
The Safety Element serves the following functions:
- Provides an assessment of hazards in the City, including but not limited to, earthquakes, landslides, subsidence/settlement, inundation, fire, and release of hazardous materials;
- Provides a framework by which safety considerations are introduced into the land use planning process;
- Recommends amendments to the City Municipal Code, and the project review and permitting process, by facilitating the identification and mitigation of hazards for new development;
- Provides policies directed at identifying and reducing hazards in existing development; and
- Strengthens earthquake, inundation, fire and hazardous materials preparedness planning and post-disaster reconstruction policies particular to the City of Santa Monica.
The most recent update to the Safety Element was adopted in January 1995.