Street Sweeping and Preferential Parking Suspended and Emergency Zoning Modifications

March 17, 2020 10:30 AM

On Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10, street sweeping resumed in Santa Monica neighborhoods once per month during the first full week of every month. Community members are required to move their cars on street sweeping days. The City will begin issuing citations for parking violations based on street sweeping requirements. Preferential parking enforcement also resumed on January 4, 2020. For the latest, click here.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Last night, City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Rick Cole signed the City’s fourth supplemental emergency order suspending street sweeping and preferential parking regulations to better enable the Santa Monica community to stay at home during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. These actions are part of slowing the spread of the disease. In addition to the parking modifications, the order lays out the following zoning change to better equip healthcare providers and social services to meet the needs of the day:

  1. The following uses shall be permitted in all zoning districts:

Under the emergency order, no conditional use permit or temporary use permit is required for any of the above-listed uses and all development standards, design review, parking and access requirements and sign standards related to these uses may be waived.

  1. Drive-through facilities related to the provision of public safety, medical, or food or pharmacy goods or services are hereby permitted.
  2. Street sweeping shall not be conducted unless essential for public health and safety. Accordingly, parking citations associated with street sweeping are hereby suspended.
  3. Preferential parking rules are hereby suspended.
  4. Section 3.12.680 related to the regulation of operation of vehicles over a certain size is hereby suspended. Drivers of oversize vehicles are required to follow the truck route network specified in Section 3.12.680 unless and until they need to deviate to reach their destination.
  5. All user fees related to Breeze bike share are hereby suspended. 
  6. All timelines for planning applications are hereby suspended.
  7. All timelines for planning applications are hereby suspended.

This order is now in effect through March 31, 2020.

“We are looking across our operations to take the actions required to alleviate some of the hardships this outbreak is putting on our residents and communities across the globe,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “Stay informed, stay calm, and stay healthy.”

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