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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: A Special Meeting of the Planning Commission has been called for Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30 PM. In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19), the members of the Planning Commission and City staff will participate via teleconference. The meeting will be broadcast on CityTV Channel 16 and be streamed on the City’s website, but participants may also join the teleconference via the methods listed above.


The City of Santa Monica encourages public comment. Those wishing to give written public comment shall email comments to Comments received prior to 12 PM on the day of the meeting will be distributed to the Planning Commission prior to the meeting and posted online. Please note the agenda item in your comments.


Additionally, public comment can be made by telephone by pre-registering on the link provided below no later than 2:30 PM on the day of the meeting. Remarks from the public made by telephone will be limited to up to 3 minutes per item. If you wish to speak on multiple items, please complete the form separately for each item. Please note that at this time, speakers will not be able to cede time to other speakers. We are currently unable to accept visual aids as part of your oral testimony. However please note that you may e-mail written comments and attachments to by 12pm on the day of the hearing to be posted with the agenda.





1.       CALL TO ORDER


2.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Suspended


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.





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8.       PUBLIC HEARING: Consent Calendar:


8-A.    1510 Franklin Avenue (20ENT-0164 Vesting Tentative Parcel Map No. 82871). The applicant is requesting an approval of a Vesting Tentative Parcel Map to subdivide one land parcel into three airspace parcels for the purpose of creating three residential condominium units in a two-story building with an at-grade enclosed parking garage located in the R2 (Low Density Residential) Zoning District. Planner: Ross Fehrman. Applicant & Property Owner: Nastaran Khadavi.


Staff Report

A.    Process Review Times and Deadlines

B.    Draft Statement of Action

C.   Public Notification and Comment Material

D.   Vesting Tentative Parcel Map No. 82871

Public Correspondence



9.       PUBLIC HEARING: Public Input Permitted


9-A.    438 San Vicente Boulevard (19ENT-0250 Conditional Use Permit, 20ENT-0066 Minor Modification). Approval of Conditional Use Permit to allow for a 7,259 sf addition and 9,142 sf new rooftop playcourt to the existing Carlthorp elementary school and Minor Modification for increased parcel coverage of 45.06%. The proposed addition consists of a 5,575 sf basement multi-purpose room, 844 sf lunch seating area, and 840 sf of administrative offices in addition to the new rooftop playcourt adjacent to Georgina Place alley and therefore, requires an amendment to the existing Conditional Use Permit 95-003 allowing a school use in a residential district. A Minor Modification to increase the parcel coverage by 0.06% over the maximum allowed 45% parcel coverage is also requested. The applicant is requesting a five-year term for the entitlements. The subject property is located in the Low Density Multifamily Residential (R2) zoning district. Pursuant to Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 9.08.020, Conditional Use Permits may be granted with respect to requested uses upon the discretion of Planning Commission. Additionally, pursuant to Santa Monica Municipal Code Sections 9.43.090 a Minor Modification may be granted in conjunction with the Conditional Use Permit request upon the discretion of the Planning Commission. This hearing was continued from the May 20, 2020 Planning Commission meeting. Planner: Gina Szilak. Applicant: Carlthorp School- Ken Parr. Property Owner: Carlthorp School.




Staff Report

A.             General Plan and Municipal Code Compliance Worksheet

B.             Draft Statement of Official Action

C.            Public Notification and Comment Material

D.            Project Plans

E.             Applicant’s Acoustical Noise Analysis by Veneklasen Associates, May 27, 2020

F.             CUP 95-012 Statement of Official Action, June 12, 1996

G.            Applicant’s Response to Compliance with CUP 95-012 Conditions of Approval, May 12, 2020

H.            Applicant’s Draft Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan, October 13, 2020

I.               Applicant’s Sample List of Potential Special Events for Carlthorp School

J.              Applicant’s Description of Multipurpose Room for Carlthorp School

Public Correspondence (received 5/1/20 through 5/20/20)

Public Correspondence (received 5/20/20 through present)

Letter on Behalf of the Applicant



9-B.    Proposed Amendments to Section 9.10.040 of the Santa Monica Municipal Code to Prohibit Certain Fast Food Restaurants in Establishments with Frontage on the Third Street Promenade. Consideration of a Resolution recommending to the City Council the adoption of an Ordinance recommending amendments to Section 9.10.040 of the Santa Monica Municipal Code to prohibit certain fast food restaurants in establishments with frontage on the Third Street Promenade. Planner: Tony Kim.


Staff Report (updated 10/19/20)

A.             Proposed Redline Modifications (updated 10/19/20)

B.             Planning Commission Resolution Recommending Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (posted 10/19/20)

Public Correspondence


9-C.    1012 ˝ Euclid Street (20ENT-0050 Appeal, 19ENT-0298 Major Modification, 19ENT-0299 Minor Modification). Appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s approval of both Major and Minor Modifications. The Major Modifications are to allow for a 20 percent (4’) reduction of the required front setback from 20’ to 16’ and a 20 percent (3’) reduction of the required rear setback from 15’ to 12’. The Minor Modifications are to allow for an increase in the maximum parcel coverage limitation of 45% for a proposed ground floor parcel coverage of 46.3% and the north interior side yard setback requirement to allow for a 10 percent (6”) reduction of the required north interior side setback located in the rear half of the parcel from 4’-6” to 4’-0”. The subject property is located in the Multi-Unit Residential (R2) zoning district. Planner: Michael Rocque. Applicant: Corrina Knight, Incorporated. Property Owner: Corrina Knight.


Staff Report

A.             General Plan and Municipal Code Compliance Worksheet

B.             Draft Statement of Action

C.            Public Notification and Comment Material

D.            Zoning Administrator’s Statement of Official Action

E.             Project Plans

F.             Appeal Form

Public Correspondence






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.





Mario Fonda-Bonardi, Commissioner

Nina Fresco, Commissioner

Leslie Lambert, Commissioner

Shawn Landres, Chairperson

Elisa Paster, Vice-Chairperson

Ellis Raskin, Commissioner

Jim Ries, Commissioner


City Staff

David Martin, Director of Planning & Community Development

Jing Yeo, AICP, City Planning Division Manager

Francie Stefan, AICP, Assistant Director/Chief Mobility Officer

Heidi von Tongeln, Deputy City Attorney

Melissa Zak, 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 (see REQUESTS TO SPEAK below for new information on public comment at teleconference meetings); 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.


WRITTEN COMMENTS may be submitted to up until 12 p.m. the day of the meeting. Written comments received prior to the 12 p.m. cutoff will be distributed to the Commission for review and posted online for public viewing.


REQUESTS TO SPEAK: Public comment can be made by telephone by pre-registering on the link provided at the top of the agenda no later than 2:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Remarks from the public made by telephone will be limited to up to 3 minutes per 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.


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 Planning Commission webpage:


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


Copies of agendas and staff reports are available on the City’s Home Page at: or



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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