1. Despite resident and Planning Commission feedback, the DCP has increased its emphasis on maximizing growth in downtown with:

  • 130 foot opportunity/large sites
  • an additional opportunity site at Lincoln and Broadway (Vons)
  • 100,000 sq. ft. buildings approved only by a Development Review Process (DRP) which is heard in front of the Planning Commission only and is a check-list type approach; possibility of having a referendum to overturn decision e.g., Hines Project would not be possible because a DRP is appealable to City Council but can't be put to a referendum as can a Development Agreement (DA)
  • Focus on big projects through lot consolidation
  • Gateway Access Master Plan (GAMP) has been carved off from DCP into a separate process and hides the existence of the other opportunity sites as well as a desire to make height and density even greater in this part of Downtown
  • Landmark parcels/Structures of Merit and their adjacent parcels have been given Tier 3 height incentives

2.  Community benefits, outlines to off-set these large projects of additional height and density, continue to be project mitigations, project amenities and elements required by City/State/Federal law

3.  Open space this is public OR private can be counted as open space in the plan; few differences made between plaza open space at grade level vs. private balconies as "open space" as a community benefit

4.  Text amendments appear to be able to easily change anything in the DCP, especially with respect to a specific property/parcel

5.  Traffic and parking continues to focus on goals and aspirations not definition and design


March 8, 2016     Santa Monica Downtown Plan Will “Open Floodgates” to Massive Development, Group Contends  by Niki Cervantes, Santa Monica Outlook

March 5, 2016     6 questions about Santa Monica’s downtown plan by SMa.r.t.  Santa Monica Daily Press

March 1, 2016     Letter to Planning Commission by Wilmont Board member Elizabeth Van Denburgh

March 1, 2016     New plan, old concerns by SMa.r.t. Thinking Santa Monica Daily Press 

February 2, 2016     Letter to Planning Commission and City Council  Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City

February 29, 2016     My Write: The devil in the details  by Bill Bauer  Santa Monica Daily Press

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