Spring Registration Now Open
Jump into spring with Santa Monica recreation programs! In addition to youth baseball and soccer classes, outdoor dance and karate classes will begin in April. Spring Camps are available March 29-April 9 (Monday-Friday), as well as on Memorial Day. Programs may be subject to any LA County Department of Public Health changes. Online registration is required; walk-up registration is not available.
Urgent Action Needed: Save Our Neighborhoods
Senate Bill 9 would mandate that cities must allow up to six units of multi-family housing on current single-family lots in neighborhoods such as ours (Please read below for more details.) This bill is now before the state legislature.
The NOMA Board urges you to write our State Senator Ben Allen and Governor Gavin Newsom and express your opposition to SB 9.
Thank your for your help!
From Livable California: SB 9 FACT SHEET/ACTION SHEET: IT’S NOT A DUPLEX BILL FOLKS!
FACTS: SB 9 allows 6 units without public input where 1 single-family home now stands. It ends single-family zoning statewide, overriding city powers.
SB 9, a return of the divisive SB 1120 which died in Sacramento in 2020, is soon heading to hearings before the legislature.
SB 9 is not, as misreported by media outlets, a “duplex” bill. It is a radical density experiment, unheard of in the U.S. Oregon is about to launch its experiment with duplexes on single-family lots. SB 9 allows three times that level of density on your streets.
In 2020, even the respected League of Cities misunderstood SB 1120, not realizing the fine print allows 6-unit density without hearings. Now some legislators are waking up to its copycat, SB 9.
SB 9 lets developers choose from 3 upzoning scenarios, without public hearing or public review:
Top scholars agree that such state-ordered upzoning will drive land costs very high, and in turn housing costs will spiral upward, not down.
Please see below if you wish to understand the complex “Three Scenarios” mechanisms of SB 9, missed even by the League of Cities, and missed by California’s largest media outlets* in 2020 when this bill was titled SB 1120 — and died on the Assembly floor.
SB 9’s Three Scenarios
Analysis by Livable California Volunteer Attorneys and Urban Planners Lead author: Retired attorney Nick Waranoff - December 2020
SB 9 would allow 8 units where there is now one lot (one parcel). A city, however, would not be required to approve more than 6 units. Here is how this would happen:
1. SB 9 would add Govt Code section 65852.21(allowing 2 units on a single parcel in a single-family residential zone [the so-called “duplex” provision, but in reality a “two residential units” provision]) and Govt Code 66411.7 (the lot-split provision).
a.) The two residential units on one parcel provision authorizes two residential units on a single lot in a single-family residential zone.
b.) The lot-split provision authorizes a single lot to be split into two lots of equal size.
c.) An application to do either or both of these is processed ministerially, by right.
d.) There is no requirement for affordable housing and no CEQA review.
2. Under existing law, there is also a right to one Accessory Dwelling Unit and one Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit per parcel (Govt Code 65852.2).
a.) An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) can be attached, or detached from an existing home, or a conversion of an existing space such as a garage. A local agency is prohibited from establishing a maximum size of an ADU of less than 850 square feet, or 1,000 square feet if the ADU contains more than one bedroom. When ADUs are created through the conversion of a garage, carport or covered parking structure, replacement off-street parking spaces cannot be required by the local agency (Gov. Code 65852.2, subd. (a)(1)(D)(xi)).
b.) A Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) can be created within the walls of a proposed or existing single-family residence or garage and shall contain no more than 500 square feet.
c.) A local agency can limit the places within its jurisdiction where ADUs can be located, only based on the adequacy of water and sewer service, and the impacts on traffic flow and public safety, if the agency chooses to pass an ordinance.
d.) “Although cities and counties are mandated to permit ADUs and JADUs, they are not required to adopt ADU and JADU ordinances. However, any city/county that does adopt an ADU ordinance, must submit the ordinance to HCD [California Dept. of Housing and Community Development] within 60 days.”
e.) There is no requirement that an ADU or a JADU be limited to affordable housing.
3. Under SB 9, three allowed densities, of 4 units to 8 units would be allowed on what is one lot today. The three scenarios are:
a.) Scenario One (4-unit density): The “two residential units” provision of SB 9 (sometimes mistakenly called the “duplex” provision, but not limited to “duplexes”) is invoked but not the lot-split provision: The single lot can now have two free-standing houses, two townhouses, or a duplex. There is no requirement as to whether the two residential units be a “duplex,” or attached to each other, or free-standing. In addition, an ADU and a JADU are allowed as of right on the parcel. Total 4 units: “Two residential units” plus an ADU and a JADU on a single lot.
b.) Scenario Two (6-unit density): The lot-split provision of SB 9 is invoked, but not the “two residential units” provision allowed on each of the two new lots. One lot becomes two lots. Each lot can have one free-standing house or townhouse, PLUS an ADU and a JADU. Total 6 units: “Two residential units” plus two ADUs and two JADUs, on a single lot that has been halved into two lots.
c.) Scenario Three (8-unit density): Both the lot-split provision and the “two residential units” provision are invoked. One lot becomes two lots. Each lot can have two free-standing houses or townhouses, PLUS each lot is entitled to an ADU and a JADU. Total 8 units: Four “residential units” plus two ADUs and two JADUs, on a single lot that has been halved into two lots.
Note regarding Scenario Three:
Under SB 9, a city is not required to approve an ADU or a JADU where both the lot-split provision and “two residential units” provision are invoked. So a city could limit the eight-unit scenario to four housing units on what was formerly one parcel (one lot). See proposed section 65852.21(e), part of the “two residential units” provision, that would provide, “Notwithstanding Section 65852.2 [the existing ADU law referenced above], a local agency shall not be required to permit an accessory dwelling unit on parcels that use both the authority contained within this section [the two residential units section] and the authority contained in Section 66411.7 [the lot-split section]” and proposed section 66411.7(h), part of the proposed split-lot section, that would provide, “Notwithstanding Section 65852.2 [the existing ADU law], a local agency shall not be required to permit an accessory dwelling unit on parcels that use both the authority contained within this section and the authority contained in Section 65852.21 [the two residential units section].
*The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Cal Matters, and other media did not understand the fine print in SB 1120 before publishing “duplex” stories in 2020 that dramatically downplayed this radical experiment, underway nowhere in the U.S.
Santa Monica Housing Element Update
The Housing Element is an element of the General Plan and is the City’s strategic plan for providing new housing opportunities while preserving housing for existing residents. Every eight years, the State requires each local jurisdiction to plan for a certain allocation of housing units. The City’s Housing Element will serve as the City’s housing plan for 2021-2029, setting clear goals and objectives on meeting the housing needs of all segments of the population and preventing the displacement of existing residents. The Housing Element does not build new units, but rather provides a plan of action for producing housing of all types and income levels in the City.
State law requires the City of Santa Monica to update its Housing Element every eight years. With the previous eight year cycle Housing Element (2013 - 2021) coming to an end, the City must now plan for the next eight year cycle. Santa Monica’s 6th Cycle Housing Element must be adopted and certified by October 2021. Without certification, the City could be penalized and lose important State funding.
For more information on the Housing Element, please check out our Housing Element Update website and email us at HousingUpdate@smgov.net if you have any questions on the Housing Element update.
SMPL Contactless Checkout/Pickup Available at Montana, Pico, and Main Library
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Santa Monica Conronavirus Information
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Assistance for Low Income Seniors in Santa Monica
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To be eligible for the POD program, you must meet the following criteria:
Help for Caregivers
The Adult Day Services Center at WISE & Healthy Aging provides free emotional support, information, and referral to community resources for those caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke. These support groups are open to the community. Learn More >
MODE On-Demand Service for Older Santa Monica Adults
Big Blue Bus and WISE & Healthy Aging have partnered with Lyft to introduce Mobility On Demand Every Day (MODE), the City of Santa Monica's shared-ride service for older adults and persons with disabilities. The MODE program provides members with greater options for freedom and mobility, by offering curb-to-curb, on-demand transportation, convenient payments, and much more. Learn more about the MODE program at bigbluebus.com/mode.
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