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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19), the members of the Planning Commission and City staff will meet 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 posted online with the Planning Commission’s agenda, might not be reviewed by the Planning Commission, 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 4:30 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 the normal procedures for “representative speakers will not be in place while meetings are conducted via teleconference. 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.


Special Assistance for Those Who Cannot Wait to Speak. Members of the public, including those with special needs or without technological resources, who cannot wait to speak on an agenda item may request assistance from the Director by calling (310) 458-8341 or e-mailing, and a member of the City Planning Division will provide assistance in preparing a written statement of testimony for distribution to the Planning Commission.





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.




6.             APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

·           None




7A.       849 Ocean Avenue (Denial of Conditional Use Permits: 20ENT-0237, 21ENT-0090)


8.             PUBLIC HEARING: Consent Calendar:

·            None.


9.             PUBLIC HEARING: Public Input Permitted


9A.      1515-1525 Ocean Avenue, 1530 2nd Street (21ENT-0116 Text Amendment; 19ENT-0397 Conditional Use Permit).


A Text Amendment to the Downtown Community Plan to allow hotel uses within existing buildings or structures without having to comply with the minimum ground floor height of 11 feet; and:


Amendments to an existing Conditional Use Permit (05CUP-009) to allow for the expansion and reconfiguration of the Shore Hotel and changes to its operation and available amenities to include the following:

·                Creation of an affordable micro-hotel, consisting of 34 beds within 14 new rooms to be situated within 2,495 square feet of converted floor area and 1,505 square feet of new floor area;

·                Conversion of approximately 580 square feet of existing floor area to an ancillary nine-seat café space with patio seating and alcohol service;

·                Conversion of existing floor area, including an 800 square-foot breakfast room amenity space, to an ancillary 80-seat restaurant with a bar and patio to be operated as a “Restaurant with Entertainment” use including occasional amplified music and dancing along with alcohol service; and

·                Expansion of hotel amenities to include ancillary personal service (massage) onsite.


Planner: Scott Albright. Applicant: Jon Farzam. Property Owner: Sunshine Enterprises LP c/o Siroos Farzam.


This item was previously continued by the Planning Commission at the April 21, 2021 meeting at the request of the applicant and was further continued by staff to July 7, 2021.


Staff Report

A.       General Plan and Municipal Code Compliance Worksheet

B.       Resolution of Recommendation

C.       Draft Statement of Official Action 

D.       Public Notification

E.       Project Plans, Renderings & Neighborhood Context Photographs

F.       List of Alcohol Establishments within 500 feet of Subject Premises

Supplemental Staff Report


City Council Statement of Official Action, September 23, 2008


Public Correspondence:

Received February 16 through April 14, 2021 (12:30 p.m.)*

Received April 14 (12:31 p.m.) through April 21, 2021 (12:00 p.m.)*

Received April 21 (12:31 p.m.) through June 28, 2021

Received June 29 through July 7, 2021 (12:00 p.m.)

*Denotes correspondence previously posted with the April 21, 2021 agenda


10.          DISCUSSION


10A.    Update and Discussion on Housing Element Update, including, but not limited to, transmittal of the draft Housing Element incorporating action taken by the City Council on June 15, 2021 to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Project Updates, and Upcoming Milestones.



Written 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.


“What Can We Expect from Cambridge’s New Affordable Housing Overlay?” Article Shared by Commissioner Lambert


12.          PUBLIC INPUT

Oral 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. Oral public comment requires pre-registration.


13.          ADJOURNMENT


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, Community Development Department

Jing Yeo, AICP, City Planning Division Manager

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 each public hearing item includes: 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.  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 posted online with the Planning Commission’s agenda, might not be reviewed by the Planning Commission, and will not be read aloud during public comment during the meeting.


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 two hours prior to the start 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 on an item is permissible within specified limits. A member of the public who wishes to request additional time to speak may represent to the Commission that additional time is being donated by one other speaker present and listening to the meeting via teleconference; staff shall attempt to confirm the representation and advise the Commission of the results, after which, unless staff confirms that the other speaker is not present, the representative speaker will be granted double the speaker time for that particular item. 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.


EXTENDED TIME LIMITS FOR SPEAKERS WHO REQUIRE INTEPRETER.  A member of the public who utilizes an interpreter to provide English language translation shall receive twice the time otherwise allotted under these Rules. The interpreter should be in the queue for public comment and available to provide English language translation over the phone when called on.


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:






The City of Santa Monica provides copies of architectural plans that are submitted to the City in the course of the design review or land use approval process in order to comply with state public disclosure laws. The City provides copies of these architectural plans for the purpose of facilitating project review, public comment, and news reporting consistent with the doctrine of fair use. Any further use or publication of architectural plans without the permission of the copyright owner may constitute an infringement of applicable copyright projections.


By clicking on the links to access draft plans, you are (1) acknowledging the existence of copyright protection for architectural plans; (2) recognizing that the use of such plans is limited by the copyright protection; and (3) represent that you do not intend to use the copies in any manner that would infringe upon the copyright.



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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If you need any disability-related accommodations, including assistive listening devices or interpreters and readers, please contact the City Planning Division at (310) 458-8341 or at least three days prior to the meeting. This document is available in an alternate format upon request.



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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