R1 Update


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R1 Development Standards Update

On February 13, 2018 the Santa Monica City Council adopted an Interim Zoning Ordinance (IZO)for the Single-Unit Residential (R1) zone district. This action came on the heels of City Council’s January 9, 2018 direction to prioritize a comprehensive review of the R1 Development Standards and was brought upon by concerns raised in the community with regards to the incompatible character and scale of new developments in the City’s R1 neighborhoods. To address this concern, the IZO temporarily amended portions of Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 9.07.030in regards to development standards pertaining to maximum parcel coverage, maximum building height, additional minimum stepbacks for upper stories, limitations on aggregate square footage for upper-story balconies and roof decks, and the exclusion of Accessory Dwelling Units from parcel coverage in the R1 zone district. Council has extended this interim ordinance until November 15, 2019 and has directed staff to research and draft a comprehensive update of the R1 Development Standards and associated sections of the Zoning Ordinance with the following goals:

• Reevaluate R1 development standards to address the size of new home construction in relation to the existing neighborhood context and scale

• Incentivize the retention of existing homes

• Make the development standards more user-friendly

The City of Santa Monica’s City Planning Division has begun the process to update the R1 zone district development standards, and this website will be periodically updated throughout the process as more information becomes available.

Workshops & Milestones


The public is invited to join us at one of the following three open house opportunities to learn and participate in the R1 Development Standard Update process. Each open house will be identical, so if you choose to participate, you only need to attend one.

To RSVP please click on one of the dates and times below:

Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21st from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21st from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Each open house will be located at:

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium East Wing

1855 Main St

Santa Monica, CA 90401

If you have any questions, please contact the City Planning Division at (310) 458-8341 or planning@smgov.net

Technical Working Group

Through January and April of 2019, City Planning staff met with a technical working group of architects, contractors, community representatives, and other design professionals who have knowledge and experience working on single-unit residential projects in Santa Monica to help kick-off the R1 Development Standards update process. Their input will be presented to the public, Planning Commission, and City Council to help formulate potential options regarding revisions to current development standards.

Next Steps:

Planning Commission – Late Summer/Early Fall 2019

City Council – Fall 2019


Ross Fehrman, Associate Planner





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