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Recently Approved Streamlined Housing Projects
This list of projects represents the streamlined housing projects approved since the adoption of an interim zoning ordinance to streamline housing production, passed by the City Council on March 10th, 2020. The interim zoning ordinance was last extended on April 12, 2022 and under the IZO, projects that receive streamlined approval shall be posted online for the public to view.
For information on what types of projects are eligible for streamlining and the expected timeframes for review and approval, see this guide on Streamlined Housing Projects.Recently Approved Housing Projects
Review the Adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element for 2021 to 2029!
On Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, the City Council reviewed and adopted the final draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element. Following adoption, the City submitted the Housing Element to HCD for certification. On October 14th, 2022, HCD sent a letter to the City of Santa Monica deeming the adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element to be in full compliance with State Housing Element Law (see letter below).
On April 12th, 2023, City Staff at the direction of City Council submitted a letter to HCD requesting technical assistance regarding a potential amendment to the Certified 6th Cycle Housing Element. See below for a link to the letter and attachments sent to HCD.
April 12th, 2023 Letter to HCD
Attachment A - Letter from Planning Commission to City Council (January 23, 2023)
Attachment B - Correspondence for City Council Study Session (February 22, 2023)
Attachment C - Redline Summary of Table Program 1.J
Attachment D - Council Adopted Rezoning
Attachment E - SSI Tracker NC Zone Parcels
Download and read a copy of the Adopted Plan below:
September 2022 Adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021 to 2029)
September 2022 Final Draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021 to 2029)[Redlines]
HCD Letter Deeming a Compliant Adopted Housing Element 10/14/22
June 2022 Draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021 to 2029)
June 2022 Draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021 to 2029) [Redlines]
SSI Form Transmitted to HCD (September 2022)
(To display SSI form: Download and open the document, select "View" > "Unhide" in the top tool bar)
HCD Letter Deeming a Compliant Draft Housing Element 9/6/22
Appendix B - Housing Needs Assessment
Appendix C - LUCE Goals and Policies
Appendix D - Housing Resources
Appendix E - Constraints on Housing
Appendix E - Constraints on Housing (REDLINE)
Appendix F - Report on Suitable Sites Inventory Analysis
Appendix F - Report on Suitable Sites Inventory Analysis (REDLINE)
Appendix G - Review of Past Performance
Appendix H - Opportunities for Energy Conservation
Appendix I - 2020 Assessment of Fair Housing
The City of Santa Monica has Released the Final Housing Element EIR for Public Review
The Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the 6th Cycle Housing Element has been completed and is available for review online. The Final EIR responds to the comments received on the Draft EIR and includes the Draft EIR with text revisions. The Final EIR will be submitted to the City Planning Commission and City Council for requested certification and action on the Project. A virtual online Planning Commission public hearing for the project will be held on September 24, 2021. Subsequent to certification, an Addendum to the Final EIR was prepared in October 2022 to address the revisions made to the Housing Element.
Addendum to the Housing Element EIR (October 2022)
Appendix A - Notice of Preparation, Scoping Summary, Initial Study
Appendix B - Air Quality and HGH Report
Appendix C – Health Risk Assessment
Appendix D – Historic Architectural Resources Report
Appendix E – Energy Calculations
Appendix F – Noise Calculations
Appendix G – Transportation Study
Appendix H – AB 52 Construction
Appendix I – Mobility Division Survey ResultsAppendix J – Comment Letters Received on the Draft EIR
The Draft Suitable Sites Inventory
Interactive Map of Suitable Sites
Components of the Housing Element
The components of the Housing Element are largely dictated by the State and typically must include:
- A detailed analysis of the City’s demographic, economic, and housing characteristics.
- A comprehensive analysis of the barriers to producing and preserving housing.
- A review of the City’s progress in implementing current housing policies and programs.
- An identification of goals, objectives, and policies, in addition to a full list of programs that will implement the vision of the plan.
- A list of sites (aka the Suitable Sites Inventory) that could accommodate new housing, demonstrating the City’s ability to meet the quantified housing number established in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Identification of a site’s capacity does not guarantee that construction will occur on that site. If there are insufficient sites and capacity to meet the RHNA allocation, then the Housing Element is required to identify a rezoning program to create the required capacity.
Schedule for Updating the Housing Element
As required by State law, the revised Housing Element must be certified by the Santa Monica City Council no later than October 15, 2021, or the City of Santa Monica could lose eligibility for significant sources of State funding. The City’s anticipated timeline and steps for revising the Housing Element can be found on the Project Timeline page.
Contact the planning team directly at HousingUpdate@smgov.net.
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