Future of Santa Monica Airport Project

As the Santa Monica Airport celebrates its 100th year of existence in the community, City Council approved a public process to determine the future of the Santa Monica Airport on January 24, 2023. The Airport, which lies on 227 acres, represents nearly 5% of the the city's land area. It was purchased in 1926 using a Parks bond, and was later developed into the SMO Municipal Airport.

  • The public process is consistent with past Council direction to establish a plan for future use of the land, and to address the community's interest in the creation of parks and recreational amenities, and to contend with community goals and priorities as they relate to current and future generations. 

The City invited Consultants and Teams to complete and submit electronic qualifications on the City's online vendor portal for the Airport Conversion Project Request for Qualification prior to the submission deadline on March 13, 2023. The Request for Qualifications documents and addenda are linked below.

Staff Report

Staff Report: Public Process to Determine the Future of the Santa Monica Airport

Request for Qualification Documents

Airport Conversion Request for Qualifications

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Shortlist of Qualified Firms

Shortlisted RFQ submissions are anticipated to be posted by the end of September. 

Request for Proposal Documents

Airport Conversion Request for Proposals

Notice of Recommendation to Award

Proposal responses will be posted following City Council approval anticipated on November 14th. 

Information Item

Future of the Airport (SMO): Lottery Selected Panel Outreach Process


Future of Santa Monica Airport Project Process Timeline

Airport History and Legal Framework Timeline

Past Planning Efforts

Past Planning Concepts Related to SMO's Future - Non-Aviation Land Only

Phase 1 of the Visioning Process:

Phase 2 of the Visioning Process:

Phase 3 of the Visioning Process:

Past Planning Concepts Related to SMO's Future -  Aviation and Non-Aviation Land

Airport Conversion Report

Legal Documents

Measure LC

Consent Decree


City Council - January 24, 2023

Landmarks Commission - February 13, 2023

Friends of Sunset Park - February 20, 2023

Commission on Sustainability and the Environment - February 27, 2023

North of Montana Association - March 2, 2023

Disabilities Commission - March 6, 2023

Northeast Neighbors - March 6, 2023

Pico Neighborhood Association - March 8, 2023

Planning Commission - March 15, 2023

Recreation and Parks Commission - March 16, 2023

Arts Commission - March 20, 2023

Mid City Neighbors - March 21, 2023

Wilmont - April 4, 2023

Ocean Park Association - April 10, 2023

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