RESOLUTION NO. _______ (CCS)

(City Council Series)

 

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL

OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA

ADOPTING AN AMENDED

CIVIC CENTER SPECIFIC PLAN

 

 

            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, 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 was reviewed by the Planning Commission and was technically denied; 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 which was noticed pursuant to SMMC Part 9.04.20.22 and certified that the Final Environmental Impact Report has been prepared in full compliance with State law and City CEQA Guidelines.

 

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 9.04.20.18.050,  the City Council hereby adopts the amended Civic Center Specific Plan, as 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

 

 

 

 

 


 

EXHIBIT 1

 

AMENDED CIVIC CENTER SPECIFIC PLAN

 

 

 

Please see Exhibits A and B to the Staff Report