RESOLUTION NO. _______ (CCS)

(City Council Series)

 

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA

AMENDING THE LAND USE AND CIRCULATION ELEMENT

OF THE GENERAL PLAN

 

 

            WHEREAS, on October 23, 1984, the City Council of the City of Santa Monica adopted the Land Use and Circulation Element of the General Plan; and

           

WHEREAS, one of the land use classifications is the Downtown Core, an area bounded by Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Street, Colorado Avenue and 5th Court, and the south side of Wilshire Boulevard from 2nd Street to Lincoln Boulevard; and

 

WHEREAS, the Land Use Element requires that this area contain the primary concentration of comparison retail and additional complimentary uses, particularly hotels and cultural facilities, but also general office and high density residential uses; and

           

            WHEREAS, on November 23, 1993, the City Council of the City of Santa Monica adopted the Civic Center Specific Plan through the adoption of Resolution No. 8685(CCS); and

 

            WHEREAS, the Civic Center Specific Plan set forth a new vision for the Civic Center area, which anticipated that a variety of public improvements in the area would be funded by private commercial and residential development on the RAND property; and

 

WHEREAS, following adoption of the plan, RAND spent several years working with private developers to pursue implementation of the Specific Plan; and

 

WHEREAS,  in April 2000, the revitalization of the Civic Center took a major step forward when the City’s Redevelopment Agency purchased 11.3 acres of the 15-acre RAND property; and

 

WHEREAS, later that year, the City Council approved a Development Agreement for construction of a new RAND Headquarters facility, which is now complete, and demolition of the existing RAND facilities which will begin soon; and

 

WHEREAS,  recognizing the unique opportunities associated with public ownership of a majority of the properties in the Civic Center area, the City embarked on an update to the Civic Center Specific Plan by establishing the Civic Center Working Group to guide the community planning process; and 

 

WHEREAS, during 2001, the Working Group held a series of well-attended public meetings to develop a plan for the Civic Center; and

 

WHEREAS, the Working Group-recommended plan was reviewed by several boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission, prior to Council consideration; and 

 

WHEREAS, on April 23, 2002 the City Council considered and conceptually approved the Civic Center Specific Plan and directed staff to incorporate the Santa Monica Place site into the draft Specific Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, as a result, Santa Monica Place would be governed by the amended Civic Center Specific Plan following adoption; and

 

WHEREAS, during 2002, the City Council, Civic Center Working Group and Promenade Uses Task Force reviewed options for the Santa Monica Place element of the Specific Plan and directed staff to incorporate the Santa Monica Place options into the environmental analysis to be prepared for the project; and

 

 

WHEREAS, in 2003 the City began preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which assessed the draft Civic Center Specific Plan and associated development projects; and

 

WHEREAS, the draft EIR was released for public review during June and July 2004, comments were addressed and the Final EIR was completed in October 2004; and 

 

WHEREAS, on May 18, 2005 the Specific Plan and EIR were reviewed by the Planning Commission whose vote to forward a recommendation to the City Council resulted in a technical denial; and

 

WHEREAS, on May 18, 2005 the Planning Commission also reviewed the proposed amendment to the Land Use and Circulation Element of the General Plan and forwarded a recommendation to the City Council not to amend the Land Use Element; and

 

WHEREAS, on June 1, 2005 the technical denial by the Planning Commission was appealed to the City Council; and

 

            WHEREAS, on June 28, 2005 the City Council conducted a public hearing on the Civic Center Specific Plan and certified that the Final Environmental Impact Report has been prepared in full compliance with State law and City CEQA Guidelines; and

 

WHEREAS, the site occupied by Santa Monica Place is governed by the provisions of the Land Use Element of the General Plan which apply to the Downtown Core area of the City; and

 

WHEREAS, prior to adoption of the amended Civic Center Specific Plan, the City Council must find that the Specific Plan is consistent with the General Plan; and

 

            WHEREAS, amendment of the Land Use Element of the General Plan is necessary to ensure that the proposed project complies with the General Plan,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

 

SECTION 1.  Pursuant to the Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 9.04.20.18.100,   the City Council hereby adopts the amendment to the Land Use Element of the General Plan contained in Exhibit 1. 

///

 

///

 

///

SECTION 2.  The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Resolution, and thenceforth and thereafter the same shall be in full force and effect.

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

 

________________________

MARSHA JONES MOUTRIE

City Attorney

 

 

F:\CityPlanning\Share\RESO\2005\CCSP - LUCEAmend.doc
EXHIBIT 1

 

LAND USE ELEMENT AMENDMENT

 

 

 

 

1.3.6       Until a Third Street Mall and Downtown Core Area Specific Plan is Bayside District and Civic Center Specific Plans are adopted, allow in the Downtown area a maximum of:

 

Core Area:     4 stories (56’); 3.0 FAR

Frame:            4 stories (56’); 2.5 FAR

 

and permit by site development review up to:

 

            Core Area:     6 stories (84’); 3.5 FAR

            Frame:            6 stories (84’); 3.0 FAR

 

1.3.7   Once the Third Street Mall and Downtown Core Specific Plan is Bayside District and Civic Center Specific Plans are approved by the City, allow in the Downtown Core a maximum of 6 stories (84’) and 3.5 FAR if the development confirms to the land use and development standards required in the adopted Specific Plans.