Attention Wilmont Members
Wilmont is working to promote the interests of our residents, such as speaking on behalf of our neighborhood at City Council and Planning Commission meetings and creating new committees to keep you updated on the big issues facing our city. Please take a look at the committees list below and consider spending a few hours a month and taking a more active role in our city’s future.
-DEVELOPMENT-Big Projects like the Miramar, etc.
-TRANSPORTATION-Traffic, Parking, Big Blue Bus, etc.
-OUTREACH-Website, Events, Flyers, Membership, etc
-ELECTIONS-City Council, etc.
-ZONING-Downtown Plan, Zoning Ordinance Update, etc.
Ed Hunsaker, Alin Wall
-WILSHIRE BLVD PLANNING-“Activity Center”, Developments, etc.
-HOUSING-Renters Rights, Taxes, etc.
If you would like to sign up, contact us at:
or come to our next meeting on November 18.
NEXT WILMONT MEETING
Tues, Mar 3, 7pm, (Meet & Greet 6:45)
MAIN BRANCH SM Library
Speakers: Mayor Kevin McKeown and
Curtis Castle (Calif. Incline project)
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Tues, Mar 17, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Tues, Mar 24, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Tues, Apr 14, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Sun. Mar 15, 2015
BBB to use tap cards
BBB’s February service change will bring a few changes to Route 3M (to SamoHi) and Route 5 back to downtown Santa Monica. Some bus stops have been removed – and they are posted at stops now or see a full list here: www.BigBlueBus.com/ServiceChanges. Get a copy of our new “Little Blue Book” system-wide schedule at the Transit Store or local libraries starting early next week.
We’ll have an updated Expo Service Plan available in a couple of weeks. It will be similar to what you have already seen, with some small modifications based on the December Council workshop. The final plan will be presented to Council at a Public Hearing on March 24th, 2015. Stay tuned for more details.Aimee Wyatt
We encourage everyone who is interested in any of these topics to sign up for our email alerts at: www.BigBlueBus.com/emailalerts.
BBB fares remain $1. Find schedules on our website at BigBlueBus.com or from the map feature on your phone.
Transit Community Relations Officer
Office: 310.458.1975 x 5818
1660 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Below are three links to BBB's website. Please note the service changes. The good news for Wilmont is that 3M will run from UCLA and its last stop will now be at Santa Monica High School.
Passengers will be able to use the tap cards on a number of lines, not only on the BBB.
The Bus Stop Improvement Project will continue in its current form, and at the bottom of this link, the BBB states that it will NOT bring back the benches.
Service Changes as of February 8, 2015
WILSHIRE BLVD ANDMONTANA AVE UPDATE:
Save Your Neighborhood!
14th ST "ACTIVITY CENTER" --9th through 18th Streets along Wilshire (north and south) would be highly impacted
TIER 3 --9th through east border of Santa Monica would create "Walled Wilshire"
MONTANA AVE --7th to 17th streets in Wilmont would be highly impacted
1801 WILSHIRE --16th through 20th Streets in Wilmont would be
Check here for updates and action items
At the Planning Commission’s October 1st, developers and consultants came out in force to demand an increase of height and density on Wilshire Blvd. and Montana Ave. in both the new Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) and the LUCE (Land Use Circulation Element – the General Plan for the city’s development). These documents, if finalized, will outline permissible heights and density for decades.
Please note four areas of focus.
14th Street & Wilshire Activity Center is back on the table (with another Activity Center proposed for Centinela and Wilshire)
- October 1, 2014 City Staff recommends a LUCE Amendment to eliminate the 14th St. and Centinela Activity Centers on Wilshire Blvd. but developers, architects, attorneys and others who are involved in large construction projects strongly disagree with this recommendation and will continue to fight it. (See City Staff Report agenda item 9-A -#4)
- 14th St. Activity Center would run from Euclid to 16th St. Its footprint would be bigger that Santa Monica Place.
TIER 3 buildings on Wilshire are back on drawing board
- What is an “Activity” Center? It’s called an “activity” center because it would be active 17 hours/day. The LUCE proposed multiple “activity” centers, but the two on Wilshire are the highest and densest.
- 14th ST ACTIVITY CENTER could be a 70 ft. tall, mixed-use project, have a HOTEL and VAST UNDERGROUND PARKING LOT. Entrances to the parking lot would be on residential streets, like the entrance to Whole Foods on 23rd St/Wilshire. We believe all aspects of this "activity center" would create more traffic, and push traffic and parking problems deeper into our residential neighborhood.
Developers requested a three-foot height bonus for affordable housing on Montana Ave.
- 60 foot high buildings all along Wilshire that are 2.6 times taller than most 2-story Wilmont residences
- Huge mixed-use projects on north and south sides of Wilshire, would create “Wall Wilshire.” These projects would push out resident-serving, local businesses, increase traffic, and push parking problems deeper into our neighborhood.
- Finally, although the Staff recommended removing Tier 3 from Wilshire Blvd. “thereby preserving the scale, character, and quality of life in these neighborhoods,” developers and their consultants continue to fight this recommendation. Some Planning Commissioners and City Council members agree with the developers.
1801 WILSHIRE – City Staff wants to greatly increase the height & density of this 2-acre property.
- Montana Ave is a protected zone called Neighborhood Commercial in the LUCE.
- The LUCE, adopted in 2010, specified no significant changes to Montana Ave.
- The developers’ request for height changes would allow housing above the shops and restaurants on Montana Ave. This allowance would be the tipping point, increasing height and density along all of Montana, an area with very little public transportation and almost no parking. (At its nearest point, Montana Ave is a mile from the nearest Expo Station.)
50-60+ foot high, multi-use buildings would cover the whole 2 acres, including the surface parking lot.
2-acre underground parking lot (among the largest in city) would have entrances on 18th and 19th streets, not on Wilshire.
This property currently has a “mixed” zoning designation. The front along Wilshire is zoned Mixed Use. The back, now a surface parking lot, is zoned Low Density Housing. This makes sense because Wilmont homes and apartments are low density and low rise (23 feet high). But City Staff wants to amend the LUCE and change the whole property to high density, 50-60-foot Mixed Use.
That would mean hundreds of new residents would exit and enter the underground parking lot every day.
We believe that changing the zoning of 1801 Wilshire would increase traffic and parking problems on 16th,17th, 18th 19th and 20th, streets, as well as California and Idaho.
ACTION ITEM REQUEST TO WILMONT RESIDENTS:
Please email the City Planning Commission and City Council.
Let them know your thoughts and concerns about increases to height and density on Wilshire and Montana Ave.
If we the residents of Wilmont do not speak up and out, then the developers and their consultants will be the only voices heard.
Email your views on these 4 topics:
14th St. Activity Center
Tier 3 (huge buildings) on Wilshire
Height Bonus on Montana
- 1801 Wilshire Blvd.
Send your email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org(Planning Commission Clerk) and copy: email@example.com(City Council Clerk)