Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
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The Planning Process

The community planning process now underway is bringing together stakeholders to explore options for the future of the facility that will ensure the Civic Auditorium becomes a signature cultural resource for Santa Monica. The Civic Auditorium will be the hub of a mixed-use creative campus set in a new cultural district. 

Led by a City Council-appointed working group, planning process goals include:

  • Draft a vision for the future cultural and community use of the Civic as the hub of a cultural campus.
  • Explore an appropriate mix of compatible adjacent uses, from open space to additional facilities as identified in the Urban Land Institute report. 
  • Evaluate potential financing options and programming and operating models for the Civic.
  • Convene a community process to gather input and to build consensus regarding the future of the Civic.
  • Provide Council with recommendations regarding the vision, feasible renovation options and the preferred long-term operating model for the Civic.