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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019                                        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.




6.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES: None.


7.         STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL ACTION: Public Input Permitted


7-A.     1828 Ocean Avenue, Development Review Permit 15ENT-0300, Waiver 18ENT-0229, Major Modification 18ENT-0226, Environmental Impact Report 18ENT-0215.


8.         PUBLIC HEARING: Continued from December 12, 2018: Public Input Permitted


8-A.     City Yards Plan, 2500 Michigan Avenue, Development Review Permit 18ENT-0174. Development Review Permit for a Tier 2 project to allow development of the first three phases of the City Yards Master Plan (collectively known as Package “A”) at the property located at 2500 Michigan Avenue.  Package “A” includes demolition of 13 existing structures and construction of six new buildings and a covered fuel pump station with a total of 56,137 square feet.  The new buildings include an Administration Building (11,737 sq. ft.), Fleet Building (30,949 sq. ft.), and four facilities buildings (2800 sq. ft. each).  The Fleet Building is two stories (35 feet in height) and the other buildings are one story (17-19 feet in height).  The project will also realign the site for improved circulation of vehicles and pedestrian, and will add perimeter landscaping and a public plaza area along Michigan Avenue. [Planner: Liz Bar-El, AICP] Applicant/Property Owner: City of Santa Monica.


Staff Report


9.         PUBLIC HEARINGS: Consent Calendar: Public Input Permitted


9-A.     2225 Broadway and 1452 23rd Street, Vesting Tentative Tract Map 18ENT-0344. The applicant requests approval of a Vesting Tentative Tract Map to create a vertical airspace subdivision for a three-story mixed-use building over two levels of subterranean parking, including approximately 3,100 square feet of ground floor commercial space and two floors containing 16 residential units in the MUBL (Mixed Use Boulevard Low) zoning district. [Planner: Liz Bar-El, AICP] Applicant: Jason Stiller. Property Owner: SM Cloverfield Investors LLC.


Staff Report


9-B.     1450 and 1454 Cloverfield Boulevard, Vesting Tentative Tract Map 18ENT-0345. The applicant requests approval of a Vesting Tentative Tract Map to create a vertical airspace subdivision for a three-story mixed-use building over two levels of subterranean parking, including approximately 8,915 square feet of ground floor commercial space and two floors containing 34 residential units in the MUBL (Mixed Use Boulevard Low) zoning district. [Planner: Liz Bar-El, AICP] Applicant: Jason Stiller. Property Owner: SM Cloverfield Investors LLC.


Staff Report


9-C.     3001 Wilshire Boulevard, Conditional Use Permit 18ENT-0350. The applicant requests approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow for the sale and consumption of beer and wine on or off the premises (Type 41–On Sale Beer & Wine – Eating Place) at a 2,084 square-foot primarily take-out restaurant in the Mixed-Use Boulevard (MUB) District. [Planner: Amy Miller, AICP] Applicant: La Scala Restaurants Corp. Property Owner: Stanford Court Properties, LLC.


Staff Report


9-D.     Resolution of Intention to Make Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance for Zoning and Land Use Regulation Changes on Pico Boulevard. [Planners: Peter James and Amy Miller]


Staff Report


10.       PUBLIC HEARING: Public Input Permitted


10-A.   401 Montana Avenue, Conditional Use Permit 15ENT-0230; Fence Height Modification 18ENT-0342.  The applicant requests to construct and operate a non-profit learning center with a 1,963 square-foot building with rooftop garden, a 107-square foot shed, and approximately 10,000 square feet of ground level garden for the purpose of educating pre-school and school-aged children about organic gardening and healthy food choices.  Seven parking spaces and four short-term bike parking spaces are provided. A modification is requested to allow a four-foot high, framed wire mesh fence in the front yard area. [Planner: Liz Bar-El, AICP] Applicant/Property Owner: Aesop Montana, LLC (The Rainbow Garden).


Staff Report               Photographs – Neighborhood Context & Renderings


Public Correspondence      Project Plans            Fence Height Plans




11-A.   Planning Commission Caselist


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


12.       DISCUSSION:


12-A.   Discussion of Planning Commission priorities for Fiscal Year 2019-2021 budget and possible letter to Council regarding such priorities.”



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


14.       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 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, Chairperson

Nina Fresco, Commissioner

Leslie Lambert, Vice-Chairperson

Shawn Landres, 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

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 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: www.smgov.net  or http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Boards-Commissions/Planning-Commission/


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