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WEDNESDAY, August 15, 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.


4-A.     Introduction of new staff attorney for the Planning Commission, Deputy City Attorney Heidi von Tongeln by Chief Deputy City Attorney Yibin Shen.




6.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Consent Calendar


6-A.     June 6, 2018 – Continued from July 18, 2018




8.         PUBLIC HEARING: Consent Calendar: Public Input Permitted


8-A.    2924 Wilshire Boulevard, Conditional Use Permit 18ENT-0154. The applicant requests approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow incidental on-site sale and consumption of beer and wine (ABC License Type 42) in conjunction with a proposed instructional art studio (Board and Brush) within an existing 905 square-foot commercial tenant space. [Planner: James Combs] Applicant: Ashley Isrow. Property Owner: Daniel Khani.


Staff Report                                       Project Plans


9.         PUBLIC HEARING: Public Input Permitted


9-A.     2822 Santa Monica Boulevard, Development Review Permit 18ENT-0038. Development Review Permit 18ENT-0038 to allow a new three-story (36 feet), 49,839 square-foot (1.75 FAR) mixed-use project comprised of 10,246 square feet of ground floor commercial retail/restaurant space, 50 residential units, and 129 automobile parking spaces within two levels of subterranean garage.[Planner: Grace Page] Applicant/Property Owner:  YALE SM INVESTORS, LLC.


Staff Report                                       Project Plans


10.       DISCUSSION: Public Input Permitted


10-A.   Discussion and possible direction to staff to study corporate housing. Requested by Comissioner Kennedy


Staff Memorandum


10-B.   Discussion and review of proposed revisions to the Planning Commission Mission Statement.


Staff Memorandum




11-A.   Planning Commission Caselist


11-B.   Transmittal of Development Projects Information (July 2018)



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


13.       PUBLIC INPUT:  

Public comment is permitted only on items not on the agenda that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City. Please note that State law prohibits the Commission from taking any action on items not listed on the agenda, including issues raised under this agenda item.





Please note that this 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.


Any documents produced by the City and distributed to a majority of the City Council regarding any item on this agenda will be made available at the City Clerk's Counter located at City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, during normal business hours.”


City Hall and the Council Chambers is wheelchair accessible. If you have any disability-related accommodation request, please contact (310) 458-8341, or TDD Number: (310) 458-8696 at least three (3) days prior to the meeting. All written materials are available in alternate format upon request.


Please turn-off or set your cell phone to vibrate while in the Council Chambers.


Santa Monica “Big Blue” Bus Lines #1, #2, #3, Rapid 3, #7, and #9 service the City Hall and the Civic Center. The Expo Line terminus is at Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street, a short walk to City Hall. Street parking is available in front of City Hall and on Olympic Drive and in the Civic Center Parking Structure (validation free).




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, AICP, City Planning Division Manager

Francie Stefan, AICP, Mobility Division Manager

Susan Cola, Senior Special Projects Deputy City Attorney

Heidi von Tongeln, 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 two (2) 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 two (2) minutes for the first item and one (1) minute 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 submitted 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, if possible, but no later than prior to the commencement of public testimony on that item. Any request received after the commencement of public testimony shall be considered late and may be heard for one (1) minute only with the approval of a majority of the Commission present.


PERSONS SPEAKING ON MORE THAN ONE ITEM shall be limited to three (3) minutes on the item he or she considers most important and two (2) minutes on any other item unless further time is granted by a majority vote of the Commission.


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: www.smgov.net or http://www.smgov.net/departments/pcd/




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The goal of instituting the Resolution 10642 (CCS) is to “safeguard participatory democracy in Santa Monica,” and this is presented as 6 points:

  • Treat everyone courteously   
  • Listen to others respectfully 

o    Exercise self-control 

o    Give open-minded consideration to all viewpoints  

o    Focus on the issues and avoid personalizing debate 

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