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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: A Special Meeting of the Planning Commission has been called for Wednesday, November 4th 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. Comments received after 12 PM on the day of the meeting will be considered part of the record of the proceedings, but will not be forwarded to the Planning Commission or posted online prior to the meeting, and will not be read aloud during public comment during the meeting.


Those wishing to give oral public comment may do so 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. At this time, we are 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 as described above.





1.       CALL TO ORDER


2.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Suspended


3.       ROLL CALL



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8.       PUBLIC HEARING: Consent Calendar:

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9.       PUBLIC HEARING: Public Input Permitted


9-A.    438 San Vicente Boulevard (19ENT-0250 Conditional Use Permit, 20ENT-0066 Minor Modification). (Continued from October 21, 2020) Approval of Conditional Use Permit to allow for a 7,259 square foot (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)

Letters on Behalf of the Applicant



9-B.    1360 3rd Street Promenade (20ENT-0111 Development Review Permit). A Development Review Permit, to allow a Tier 2 project involving a third story addition to an existing two-story commercial building. The third story addition includes 1,430 square feet of commercial (restaurant) space and 2,410 square feet of outdoor rooftop patio seating. The proposed addition is 46 feet in height and exceeds the Tier 1 height limit of 32 feet within the DCP-BC (Promenade) Downtown District. Pursuant to SMMC Section 9.40.020, a Development Review Permit is required for developments that exceed Tier 1 maximum limits. Planner: Grace Page. Applicant: Alicia Zaayer, Valerio Architects, Inc. Property Owner: HG American Commercial Properties, LLC.


Withdrawn at the Request of Staff



9-C.    3032 Wilshire Boulevard (20ENT-0170 Conditional Use Permit). The applicant (3032 Wilshire Investors LLC) requests approval of a Conditional Use Permit (20ENT-0170) to allow the operation of a 24-hour convenience market (7-Eleven) within an existing building located in the Mixed-Use Boulevard (MUB) District. The proposal does not include the sale of alcoholic beverages. According to SMMC Section 9.11.020, a convenience market is subject to the approval of a Conditional Use Permit. Planner: Cary Fukui. Applicant: 3032 Wilshire Investors LLC. Property Owner: 3032 Wilshire Investors LLC.


Staff Report

A.             General Plan and Municipal Code Compliance Worksheet

B.             Draft Statement of Official Action

C.            Public Notification

D.            Project Description

E.             Project Security Plan

F.             Project Plans

G.            Applicant’s Noise Study


Public Correspondence


Supplemental Staff Report

·                Attachment A

·                Attachment B



9-D.    1202 3rd Street Promenade (19ENT-0481 Conditional Use Permit). A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to establish a new 29,212 square foot fitness center (large-scale facility) in the ground floor and basement level of an existing two-story commercial building with approximately 100 linear feet and 150 linear feet of ground floor street frontage along 3rd Street Promenade and Wilshire Boulevard, respectively located within the Bayside Conservation (BC) District. Planner: Rathar Duong. Applicant: Street Retail West II, LP. Property Owner: Federal Realty Investment Trust.


Staff Report

A.             General Plan and Municipal Code Compliance Worksheet

B.             Draft Statement of Official Action

C.            Public Notification

D.            Project Plans, Renderings, Neighborhood Context Photographs


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