NOMA's Next Meeting:
Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Letter from NOMA to Santa Monica Planning Commission
To: Santa Monica Planning Commission
From: North of Montana Association
Re: Agenda Item 5-A; Draft Zoning Ordinance Update R-1 and Montana Avenue
Date: December 17, 2013
The Board of Directors of the North of Montana Association is distressed to learn that the Planning Commission is discussing proposals that would allow day care centers in residential neighborhoods and Increase the threshold for Development Review for Montana Avenue from 5,000 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft.
We strongly urge that the Planning Commission do the following:
A. Maintain R-1 district zoning for only single family homes. The LUCE calls for a “range of housing options … in multi-family neighborhoods, to suit the spectrum of individual lifestyles and space needs.” It does not call for adding housing options to single family neighborhoods.
B. Remove day care centers from the proposed R-1 zoning. The LUCE directs us to “Preserve and protect existing neighborhoods against potential impacts related to development: traffic, noise, air quality, and encroachment of commercial activities.” (emphasis added.) The LUCE does not call for day care centers in residential neighborhoods. Commercial enterprises need to be located in commercial or mixed use neighborhoods. The zoning must be consistent with these policies.
C. Maintain the existing threshold for Development Review for Montana Avenue at 5,000 sq. ft. Doubling this threshold to 10,000 sq. ft. would erode the character of this quaint and charming street.
Zoning Ordinance Update Process Gets Underway
December 10, 2013
Dear NOMA members and friends,
Santa Monica is embarking upon the important and historic process of revising its zoning ordinance. The City has posted its Draft Zoning Ordinance, and public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council are set to begin.
This important document has not been revised since 1988. The finalized version will form the basis of development decisions in this city for many years to come. Please consider attending the hearings and letting your voices be heard. Remember, it's our town.
An electronic version of the draft is available at this link: http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Zoning-Update/
Hard copies are available at all Santa Monica library branches and for sale at the Planning Counter in City Hall. The schedule of public meetings follows here.
December 11 -- Overview, Introductory Provisions, General Terms
Agenda is here. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.
December 18 -- Administration & Permits, Base & Overlay Districts, Residential Neighborhoods
January 8 -- Base & Overlay Districts; all other chapters
January 15 -- General Regulations
January 22 -- Related Provisions
February 5 -- Recommendations to City Council
March 3, 4, and 11 -- review
March 25 -- adoption
NOMA JOINS CITYWIDE OPPOSITION