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Monday, December 10, 2012

7:00 PM

City Council Chambers, Room 213

1685 Main Street, Santa Monica





1.            ROLL CALL




3.            REPORT FROM STAFF:

Information concerning future Landmarks Commission Agendas. Update on recent Architectural Review Board, Planning Commission, and City Council actions, including development projects, planning policy studies, ordinances, appeals and update of project status and related landmarks matters.




5.            APPROVAL OF MINUTES:


5-A.     October 8, 2012 (continued from November 12, 2012)

5-B.     November 12, 2012




6-A.     Landmark Designation application 12LM-006, 1613 Lincoln Boulevard, to determine whether the existing commercial building, in whole or in part, should be designated as a City Landmark. (continued from November 12, 2012)


Statement of Official Action


6-B.     Landmark Designation application 12LM-007, 1657 Ocean Avenue, to determine whether the commercial structure (Chez Jay), in whole or in part, should be designated as a City Landmark. (continued from November 12, 2012)


Statement of Official Action


6-C.     Certificate of Appropriateness application 12CA-010, 2612 Main Street, approval of sign plans and sign adjustments for the California Heritage Museum.


Statement of Official Action


6-D.     Landmark Designation Application, 12LM-009, 1657 Ocean Avenue (Chez Jay), modifying the landmark designation of Chez Jay to specify that the construction of a trash enclosure, rebuilding and restriping of a parking lot, and installation of landscaping can be undertaken without issuance of a certificate of appropriateness.


Statement of Official Action


6-E.     Landmark Designation application, 12LM-010, ‘Chain Reaction’ sculpture, located on the east side of Main Street within the Civic Center, supplementing landmark designation and defining and describing a landmark parcel related to the ‘Chain Reaction’ sculpture.


Statement of Official Action


7.            PUBLIC INPUT: (On items not on agenda and within the jurisdiction of the Commission)


8.            CONSENT CALENDAR: None


9.            OLD BUSINESS:


9-A.     Designation Application 11LM-003, to determine whether the existing Colorado Avenue Viaduct, the bridge connecting Ocean Avenue to the Santa Monica Pier, in whole or in part, should be designated as a City Landmark. (continued from September 12, 2011 and November 12, 2012)


Staff Report


Consultant’s Report


9-B.     Landmark Designation application 12LM-002, 101 Wilshire Boulevard, consideration of an amendment the existing landmark designation of the Moreton Bay fig tree on the Miramar Hotel site to include the designation of Palisades Wing of the hotel as a landmark building; identify an associated landmark parcel; and, identify contributing elements of the site. (continued from November 12, 2012)(continued by staff until January 14, 2013)


9-C.     Landmark Designation application 12LM-004, 642 Kensington Road, to determine whether the existing residential cottage, in whole or in part, should be designated as a City Landmark. (continued from August 13, 2012)


Staff Report


Consultant’s Report




10-A.   Review of Demolition Permits and Consideration Whether to File an Application for Designation of a Structure as a City Landmark or Structure of Merit:


1.            1740 Pine Street (12PC1422)

R1 – Single Family Residential

Single Family Structure and Garage

Structure Not Identified in Historic Resources Inventory


2.            229 Twelfth Street (12PC1425)

R1 – Single Family Residential

Single Family Structure and Garage

Structure Not Identified in Historic Resources Inventory




11-A.   Discussion and possible consideration as to whether to file an application to designate the existing commercial building and/or parcel located at 301 Wilshire Boulevard (Sur Le Table Building) as a City Landmark or Structure of Merit.


Preliminary Assessment


11-B.   Presentation of schematic plans and preliminary discussion of a proposed addition to the residence located at 128 Hollister Avenue, a designated City Landmark.


11-C.  Discussion and possible appointment of a Landmarks Commissioner to address the City Council at future discussions and/or hearings where the proposed Mills Act contract for 2009 La Mesa Drive will be considered, and further discussion of appointees presentation to City Council. 


11-D.  Discussion on the City’s current Mills Act application eligibility requirements.


11-E.   Report from subcommittee and discussion on topics and recent activities related to the ongoing update to the City’s Zoning Ordinance including, but not limited to neighborhood conservation districts, substantial remodels, transfer of development rights, and parking.


11-F.   Report from staff on recent administratively-approved Certificate of   Appropriateness applications and activities affecting properties listed on the Historic Resources Inventory.


11-G.  Report from Landmarks Commission Liaison to the Architectural Review Board (ARB) on recent ARB consideration and action taken on proposed projects involving additions to or modifications of potential historic resources.


11-H. Report from Landmarks Commission representative to the Santa Monica Pier Corporation (SMPC) on recent SMPC activities and action taken on proposed projects involving the Landmark Santa Monica Pier.


11-I.    Planning Commission Case List (Information Only).




13.         FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:  (Requests from Commissioners to add items to upcoming agendas)


14.         NEXT MEETING DATE AND COMMISSION AGENDA: Meeting of the Landmarks Commission: 7:00 PM Monday, January 14, 2013; Council Chambers, City Hall, 1685 Main Street.


15.         ADJOURNMENT:


Santa Monica Blue Bus Lines #2, #3, #7 and #8 serve City Hall.  Parking is available on the south side of City Hall.


Note:   The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. If you need any disability-related accommodations, please contact City Staff at (310) 458-8341, or TDD Number (310) 458-8696 at least three days in advance. All written materials are available in alternate format upon request.  Every effort will be made to provide the requested accommodation.



Margaret Bach, Chair Pro Tempore

John Berley, Commissioner

Nina Fresco, Commissioner

Roger Genser, Commission Historian
Barbara Kaplan, Commission Licensed Architect
Ruthann Lehrer, Commission Architectural Historian
Ruth Shari, Chairperson and Commission Real Estate Licensee

Scott Albright, AICP, Senior Planner, Commission Secretary

Heidi von Tongeln, Deputy City Attorney II

Steve Traeger, Principal Urban Designer

Susan Umeda, Staff Assistant III




·         Treat everyone courteously;

·         Listen to others respectfully;

·         Exercise self-control;

·         Give open-minded consideration to all viewpoints;

·         Focus on the issues and avoid personalizing debate;

·         Embrace respectful disagreement and dissent as democratic rights, inherent components of an inclusive public process, and tools for forging sound decisions.




REQUESTS TO SPEAK on an item must be submitted on a speaker’s request form and submitted to the Commission staff.  All requests to address the Commission on agenda items must be submitted prior to the Commission’s consideration of the item. Items not identified on the agenda as public input or as a public hearing item generally require approval of 2/3 of the Commission to allow public comment.


CONSENT CALENDAR items will be acted upon by the Commission at one time without discussion unless a Commission requests discussion on an item.  If such a request is made, the item will be heard after the balance of the Consent Calendar has been voted upon.


PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURES on each public hearing item include presentation of a staff report; Commission question of staff; a five minute presentation by the project applicant or application proponent, if any, or property owner; Commission questions of the applicant or application proponent or property owner; three minutes each for each member of the public wishing to speak to the item; three minutes for project applicant or applicant proponent or property owner rebuttal; Commission deliberations and decision.


PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC should begin with the speaker stating his or her name and address followed by a statement regarding the item under consideration.  Please speak to the Commission as a whole.


Professionals appearing before the Commission should clearly identify their status, such as “attorney,” paralegal,” “architect,” “designer,” or “landscape architect.”  Instances of misrepresentation of professional status may be referred to the City Attorney for possible prosecution.


LETTERS OR WRITTEN MATERIALS for agenda items may be submitted to Commission staff prior to or at the meeting; written materials submitted at least eight days in advance of the meeting will be included in the Commission’s meeting packet.  Materials submitted after the deadline may be difficult to adequately review.


ASSIGNING OF TIME for members of the public wishing to speak on an item is permissible within specified limits.  A “representative speaker” may be allowed one additional minute of speaking time, to a maximum of five additional minutes (hence, eight minutes total) for each person actually in attendance who assigns his or her right to speak via a request to speak form to the “representative speaker.”


ACTION BY THE LANDMARKS COMMISSION on most matters occurs with the affirmative votes of at least four Commissioners.


APPEALS of certain actions of the Commission may be heard by the City Council.  For specific information on appeals, please contact the Commission staff.


Please note that the Landmarks Commission Agenda is subject to change up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.  We encourage you to check the agenda 72 hours prior to the meeting.


For more information regarding the Landmarks Commission agenda, please contact the Commission staff in the Planning Division at (310) 458-8341.  No Smoking in Facility.