Planning, Land Use Policies, and Historic Preservation

  • Proposal to Modify the City’s Mixed-Use Bonus to Require Majority Affordable Units in New Mixed-Use Developments to Meet 6th Cycle RHNA Numbers: Directed staff to update the requirements in the City’s existing mixed-use ordinance to specifically require residential units to reflect and be in alignment with dwelling unit ratios mandated in the state’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation. (Also listed under Housing Accomplishments.)
  • Zoning Code Definitions and Design Standards for Various Housing Types: Directed staff to initiate a Zone Text Amendment to define various housing types, specifically congregate care facilities, co-living, and micro-units, and develop appropriate design standards. 
  • Preparing for Creative and Thoughtful Development of City Properties: Directed staff to undertake a process to identify a list of diverse and creative development industry not-for-profits and other entities that are interested in partnering with the City in the future on development of City-owned properties, and to identify a list of advisors and/or consultants that could work with the City to analyze the development of those properties. 
  • Protecting Integrity of Residential-Zoned Parcels and Replacement of Units: Directed staff to initiate a Zone Text Amendment to prohibit the development of new or expanded non-residential projects on residentially zoned parcels unless the project replaces any demolished residential units with at least the same number of residential units or pays an in-lieu fee equal to the cost of construction of the same number of residential units of equal size, which would be allocated to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Additionally, if the application for a new non-residential project is submitted for a parcel where residential units had already been demolished, then, the number and size of residential units or the required in-lieu fee should be based on what could be built according to the Zoning Code. 
  • Residential Open Space Requirements for Multi-family Dwellings: Directed staff to evaluate the current, common and private open space requirements for residential multi-family dwellings to determine what changes can be made to encourage more open space and better utilization of open space. 
  • Neighborhood-Friendly Multi-Family Development Policies And Standards – R2/R3/R4 Zoning Districts: Directed staff to identify opportunities and develop design criteria and land-use options that will advance neighborhood-friendly planning policies with the intent of addressing community concerns about neighborhood livability and out-of-scale residential development, and reducing impacts of new residential projects on adjacent properties and neighborhoods.
  • Green space: Directed staff to look at increasing green space requirements for new commercial and mixed-use projects. 
  • Setback requirements: Item to start the public process in order to amend the rear setback requirements from 5 ft. to 10 ft. in the Sunset Specific Plan for commercial developments that abut residential zones. 
  • "Creative City Making: Futures Thinking," symposium/workshop: Sponsored a half-day symposium/workshop, "Creative City Making: Futures Thinking," focusing on urban infrastructure, infill architectural design, innovative housing types and creative public place-making. Speakers will be forward-thinking professionals in the fields of urban design, architecture, landscape urbanism and sustainable design. 
  • “Transit-rich” housing bonus: A resolution Councilmember D'Amico and I brought forward to oppose, unless amended, SB 827 (Wiener). This bill as proposed would authorize developments with housing to receive a “transit-rich” housing bonus without consideration of existing city zoning or any meaningful local input.
  • Building height in commercial zones: Directed staff to evaluate ways of minimizing the impacts of building height in commercial zones and review current methods used for measuring building height to determine if the City’s methodology is the most appropriate option for providing well-scaled developments. The specific objective of this initiative is to reduce impacts of commercial and mixed-use projects on adjacent properties.
  • Retaining Integrity of Zoning: Study mixed-use projects that allow the combining of properties located in both residential and commercial zoning districts and eliminate lot ties across these different zones so that we maintain the integrity of our neighborhoods.
  • Ensuring that Projects Benefitting from Incentives are Permanent Housing Projects: Bring back a Zone Text Amendment (ZTA) that clarifies the Zoning Ordinance to ensure that housing bonuses, incentives, and concessions apply only to permanent residential housing and not to corporate/temporary rentals or extended stay rentals.
  • Urban Designer Role: Councilmember Horvath and I brought forward this item to modify the City's Urban Designer role to help raise the bar on building design, make the design review process more transparent and increase community input. 
  • Updating Zoning Code to Reflect State Affordable Housing Law: Directed the City Attorney to prioritize working with the Community Development Department to amend the City's Zoning Code to bring it into compliance with state affordable housing law effective January 1, 2017, and to review the City's density bonus concessions and make recommendations of possible alternatives.
  • Construction Fence Art Program: An item that requires construction fences on commercial development sites to feature temporary art installations.
  • Rooftop Uses Zone Text Amendment: An item to better address new rooftop activity and uses in commercial zones through a public hearing process.

Historic Preservation:

  • Plummer Park: Brought forward a resolution to initiate local cultural resource designation proceedings for Great Hall/Long Hall and Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park. Staff will go through the City’s cultural resource designation process, which includes staff reviewing the nomination and bringing the nomination to the Historic Preservation Commission for review and consideration.
  • Regular Historic Resource Surveys: Directed the Current and Historic Preservation Planning Division to include as part of its work plan a ten year cycle for completing historic resource surveys, beginning with a multifamily historic resource survey in 2020 and the commercial historic resource survey in 2025. (Thank you MPT Horvath for co-sponsoring.)
  • Route 66 logo: Directed the Facilities & Field Services Division to evaluate the installation of the Route 66 logo at locations along Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • Commemorative plaque: Initiative for Council to approve a National Register of Historic Places commemorative plaque for the "Community Clubhouse," to be mounted just in time for the Historic Preservation Annual Event at Great Hall/Long Hall in Plummer Park.