Big Residocracy Win!
On Friday April 18, 2014, the Santa Monica City Clerk officially certified the Hines referendum petition as successful - Santa Monica City Council must accept the certification on Earth Day (Tuesday April 22, 2014)
Congratulations Residocracy Volunteers -We are one big step closer to taking Our City Back from Developer Interests.
On Friday April 18, 2014, the County Registrar sent the official Hines Referendum signature verification results to the Santa Monica City Clerk and the City Clerk certified the Referendum as successful.
Ironically, our majority Pro-Development City Council must accept the City Clerk's certification on Earth Day (Tuesday April 22, 2014) which will officially reverse their approval of the Hines Development project that was slated to add 7,000 new daily car trips to Santa Monica.
Here is the Breakdown of the Numbers:
A total of 6,525 valid signatures were required in 30 days to Stop the Hines Project and the 7,000 new daily car trips that the City Council Approved on February 11, 2014.
13,512 signatures were gathered by over 350 Residocracy volunteers and other community groups and submitted by Residocracy to the City Clerk on March 11, 2014.
The County Registrar reviewed 8,434 of the 13,512 signatures that were submitted and determined that 1,634 of these signatures were not sufficient and that 157 of these signatures were duplicates.
This meant that 8,434 (reviewed signatures) minus 1,634 (non sufficient signatures) minus 157 (duplicates) which equals 6,643 was sufficient (more than the required 6,525 signatures) to certify the referendum as successful.
21.2% of the 8,434 signatures that were reviewed were determined to be invalid or duplicates.
78.8% of the 8,434 signatures that were reviewed were determined to be valid.
Assuming that for all 13,512 signatures that were gathered, that 78.8% were valid, this means that a total of 10,643 valid signatures were obtained.
What Happens Next at City Council?
After accepting the certification at the City Council Hearing scheduled for April 22, 2014 (under Agenda Item 8C), the City Council will direct the City Staff to place on a future City Council agenda actions either
*to repeal the ordinance, *to set it for a timely Special Election, or
*to set it for the Regular Municipal Election on November 4, 2014, with appropriate resolutions.
At that future meeting the Council will decide whether to repeal the Ordinance, call a Special Election, or place the item as a measure on the Regular Municipal Election ballot.
What Happens Next for Residocracy?
We have won the battle, but the war is not over
As our majority pro-development city council now prepares to vote on whether to repeal the Hines Development project altogether (most likely on May 13, 2014) or to place it on a special election or on the November Ballot, we must now begin to ramp up for our forces on our war on over-development and our efforts to fully take back our City from Developer Interests.
In the weeks to come, the Hines Developers will be trying to convince the City Council to not repeal the project altogether. It will be our job to let our City Council members know that it is not an option. The Residents of Santa Monica have spoken loudly and clearly and it's time that Our City Council listens to its constituents.
Stay Tuned! Residocracy will hold a Rally and General Meeting (time and place to be announced soon) as we grow our army to win the war on over-development and to Take Back Our City once and for all.
Thank You again for all your hard work and efforts! Congratulations!
Armen Melkonians, Founder of Residocracy.org
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NOMA'S NEXT MEETING
Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Save the Date!
Location and Agenda to be announced.
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