Santa Monica City Council Provides Direction on Housing Element Implementation

February 23, 2023 5:50 PM

At last night’s meeting, the Santa Monica City Council discussed and provided direction on the implementation of the City’s certified and fully compliant 6th Cycle Housing Element. Council will continue the discussion on the implementation of the City’s certified Housing Element on February 28, 2023.

To support implementation, City Council considered proposed amendments to Santa Monica’s Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), Downtown Community Plan (DCP), Bergamot Area Plan (BAP), and Zoning Ordinance for consistency with Santa Monica’s certified Housing Element and for compliance with State law.

The City Council provided the below direction at last night’s meeting:

The Council also directed staff to submit a letter to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) requesting technical assistance on whether amending the certified Housing Element to keep existing zoning standards for the Neighborhood Commercial districts on Main, Montana, Ocean Park, and Pico Boulevards would still allow the City’s Housing Element to remain in compliance.

The 6th Cycle Housing Element was approved by City Council at its October 11, 2022, meeting and certified by HCD on October 14, 2022.

For more information, see last night’s Staff Report or visit For the February 28, 2023, City Council agenda, visit

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