Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Planning Commission will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the City Council Chambers in City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Room # 213, Santa Monica, for the purpose of conducting the following business:








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WEDNESDAY, January 10, 2018                                       CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7:00 P.M.                                                                                          ROOM 213, CITY HALL



1.         CALL TO ORDER




3.         ROLL CALL



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


5.         STATEMENT OF OFFICIAL ACTION: Consent Calendar


5-A.     1437-1443 Lincoln Boulevard, 16ENT-0098 and 16ENT-0142


6.         PUBLIC HEARING: Consent Calendar


6-A.     Resolution of Intention to Make Minor Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance for Policy Issues that Have Arisen Since Adoption of the Zoning Ordinance in July 2015 Through Its Implementation. [Planner: Tony Kim]


Staff Report


7.         PUBLIC HEARINGS: Public Input Permitted

7-A.     2903 Lincoln Boulevard, Development Review 16ENT-0034. Development Review Permit 16ENT-0034 to allow a new four-story (36 feet),1.84 FAR, 59,319 square-foot mixed-use project consisting of 47 residential units, 16,755 square feet of ground floor commercial space, and 151 automobile parking spaces within a two-level subterranean parking garage on a property located in the GC (General Commercial) zoning district. According to Section 9.40.020 of the Zoning Ordinance, a Development Review Permit is required for any project exceeding the maximum Tier 1 limits of 3 stories/36 feet in height and a 1.5 FAR for a property in the GC zoning district. [Planner: Michael Rocque] APPLICANT:  Lina Lee, CIM Group. PROPERTY OWNER: Lincoln Lot 7 (SM), LLC.


Staff Report

Attachment D: Full Environmental Document –


Supplemental Staff Report


7-B.     2225 Broadway, Development Review 17ENT-0095 and Major Modification 17ENT-0256. 17ENT-0095 (Development Review Permit) and 17ENT-0256 (Major Modification) to allow a new 3-story (34.5 ft.), 15,463 square foot, mixed-use building with 15 units, approximately 2,751 square feet of ground floor commercial tenant space, and 35 vehicle parking spaces and secure bike storage in a two-level subterranean parking garage. Per SMMC 9.40.020, a DR is required to permit this Tier 2 project because the floor-area-ratio (FAR) exceeds the maximum Tier 1 limit of 1.5 for the MUBL zoning district.  A Major Modification from SMMC Section 9.11.030 is also requested to permit a reduced ground floor street wall height from 15 feet to 13.5 feet. [Planner: Elizabeth Bar-El, AICP] APPLICANT/ PROPERTY OWNER: SM-Cloverfield Investors LLC.


Staff Report

Attachment D: Full Environmental Document –


Supplemental Staff Report


7-C.     1450 Cloverfield Boulevard. Development Review 17ENT-0096), Major Modification 17ENT-0257 and Minor Modification 17ENT-0258 to allow a new 3-story (35 ft.), 34,300 square foot, mixed-use building with 34 units, approximately 8,384 square feet of ground floor commercial tenant space, and 93 vehicle parking spaces with secure bike storage in a two-level subterranean parking garage. Per SMMC 9.40.020, a DR is required to permit this Tier 2 project because the floor-area-ratio (FAR) exceeds the maximum Tier 1 limit of 1.25 for the MUBL zoning district.  Major and Minor Modifications are also requested to permit a reduced ground floor street wall height from 15 feet to 13.5 feet and .to reduce the loading space height clearance from 14 feet to 12 feet, five inches. [Planner: Elizabeth Bar-El, AICP] APPLICANT/ PROPERTY OWNER: SM-Cloverfield Investors LLC.


Staff Report

Attachment D: Full Environmental Document –


Supplemental Staff Report



Opportunity for suggestions from Commissioners regarding future discussion items, speakers and requests for information


9.         ADJOURNMENT



[Because this is a special meeting, public comment is permitted only on items listed on this agenda. No other business will be conducted at this Special Meeting



Please note that this agenda is subject to change up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. We encourage you to check the agenda 24 hours prior to the meeting.


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Amy N. Anderson, Commissioner

Mario Fonda-Bonardi, Vice-Chairperson

Nina Fresco, Chairperson

Jennifer Kennedy, Commissioner

Leslie Lambert, Commissioner

Richard McKinnon, Commissioner

Jason Parry, Commissioner



City Staff

David Martin, Director of Planning & Community Development

Jing Yeo, City Planning Division Manager

Francie Stefan, Mobility Division Manager

Susan Cola, Deputy City Attorney

Kyle Ferstead, Commission Secretary




The Planning Commission considers a range of requests for development permits, appeals, and planning policy matters, and conducts public hearings on many of its agenda items. Due to the number, complexity and public interest associated with many agenda items, meetings of the Commission are generally lengthy. The Commission makes every effort to proceed as expeditiously as possible; your patience and understanding is appreciated.


PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURES on each public hearing item include ex parte communication disclosure by the Commissioners; presentation of a staff report; Commission questions of staff; a fifteen (15) minute presentation by the project applicant or applicant’s representative or team, if any; Commission questions of the applicant; three (3) minutes for each member of the public wishing to speak to the item; three (3) minutes for project applicant to respond to the public or clarify issues raised by the public; Commission deliberations and decision. For an appeal, the appellant, if not also the applicant, has fifteen (15) minutes to address the Commission prior to the applicant speaking and three (3) minutes to respond to public comment.


SPECIAL TIME LIMITATIONS. The Commission may limit the time of individual speakers or the total time on a particular issue. If there are more than seven (7) speakers requesting to speak on an agenda item, or if twenty (20) or more persons have requested to speak on any combination of items, the project applicant or appellant on any agenda item shall be limited to ten (10) minutes initially and three (3) minutes in rebuttal. Members of the public are permitted three (3) minutes to address the Commission except as follows: if a member of the public requests to speak on more than one agenda item, the time will be three (3) minutes for the first item and two (2) minutes for any other item unless the Commission grants by a majority vote additional time.


REQUESTS TO SPEAK on an agenda item must be submitted on a speaker's request form (“chit”) and submit it to the Commission secretary. All requests to address the Commission on public hearing items must be submitted prior to the Commission's consideration of the item.


ASSIGNING OF TIME for members of the public wishing to speak to an item is permissible within specified limits.  A "representative speaker" may be allowed one additional minute of speaking time, to a maximum of five (5) additional minutes [hence, eight (8) 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." The project applicant, applicant’s representative or team of representatives (which may include the project architect, attorney, facilitator and all other representatives of the applicant), shall be allowed a total of fifteen (15) minutes initially and three (3) minutes in rebuttal.


PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC should begin with the speaker stating his or her name and address for the public record 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.


DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FILES AND PLANS. The project file and project plans regarding any development application on this agenda are available at the City Planning Office, Room 212, located at City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica. Staff reports are also available at the Planning Commission webpage:


WRITTEN MATERIALS, LETTERS AND E-MAILS regarding agenda items should be submitted to the City Planning Division staff prior to the Commission meeting. All written materials, including e-mails, will be forwarded the Commission Secretary for inclusion in the public record and, if received by noon on the Monday prior to the Wednesday public hearing, shall be forwarded to the Commission in advance of the meeting. Late submissions will be place on the dais on the night of the public hearing, but might not be reviewed by the Commission.


EX PARTE COMMUNICATION DISCLOSURES.  During the pendency of any quasi-judicial proceeding, no member of the Planning Commission may engage in ex parte communications with applicants, appellants or members of the public with respect to the matter which is the subject of the proceeding unless that member of the Commission discloses such communication. Prior to each quasi-judicial agenda item each Commissioner must place on the record the subject and substance of any written or oral ex parte communication including the identity of the person, group or entity with whom the communication took place.


TIME LIMITATION ON CONSIDERATION OF NEW ITEMS. The Commission shall not commence consideration of a new item on its agenda after 11:00 p.m. unless otherwise required by State or local law or unless otherwise determined by a majority vote of those Commissioners present.


CONSENT CALENDAR items will be acted upon by the Commission at one time without discussion unless a Commissioner requests discussion on an item or a member of the public has submitted a request to speak 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.


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


DESIGN ASPECTS OF PROJECTS considered by the Planning Commission must also be approved by the Architectural Review Board.  For more information on this process, contact the City Planning Division.


APPEALS of certain actions of the Commission are appealable to the City Council.  The appeal period is generally ten to fourteen days from the date of the Commission’s action For specific information on appeals, please contact the City Planning Division.


For more information regarding the Planning Commission  agenda or development permit procedures and standards,  please contact the  City Planning Division at (310) 458-8341.


Copies of agendas and staff reports are available on the City’s Home Page on the World Wide Web using the following address:  or


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  • Listen to others respectfully 

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