Planning Commission Meeting:
September 7, 2005 †††††††††††††††††††††††
TO:††††††††††††††††† Planning Commission
FROM:††††††††††† City Staff
SUBJECT:†††† Opportunities and Challenges Report for the Land Use and Circulation Elements Project (Discussion Item 11-A)
The Opportunities and Challenges Report was released for public review on July 29, 2005; it is the second milestone work product since the project was initiated last year and provides the direction for future land use and circulation analysis. Information in the report is presented in four chapters. The first chapter includes several overarching policy questions that build on initial public outreach, the existing environment, and anticipated trends, both locally and regionally. The broad concepts identified in the Emerging Themes Report (April 2005) have been translated into policy questions that highlight the themesí significance and the tradeoffs that may be required to accomplish the themes. The analysis also frames the potential impacts these tradeoffs may have on future policy decisions. The questions focus broadly on regional influences; neighborhood conservation; economic vitality; transit and land use linkages; and, urban design. Woven throughout the questions and documented in the report are longstanding policy issues related to housing affordability, sustainability, active living, preservation and other City priorities. Recognizing that some areas of the City may warrant further study because of pressures to change or remain the same, or because of other unique land use and circulation opportunities, Focus Areas are identified for more in-depth planning and transportation analysis.
Chapter 2 analyzes existing conditions and trends in the context of the Emerging Themes to identify opportunities and challenges that advance the initial outreach effort. Information from this and the following chapters were used to support the policy discussion at the beginning of the report. Chapters 3 and 4, respectively, provide the context for the analysis with detailed information on the Cityís existing environment, or conditions, and anticipated trends.
The Opportunities and Challenges Report was
previously transmitted to the Planning Commission. Since its release the report
has been available at City Hall, the main and branch libraries and posted on
the project website. The report was provided to all who requested a copy,
including the Landmarks Commission, Architectural Review Board and Housing
Commission. The report is also available on compact disc, which was distributed
at an informal open house held at the
The Architectural Review Board and Landmarks Commission have been discussing the overall project. Comments from the Board and Commission are also included with this report as Attachment B and C, and will be forwarded on to the City Council.
The City Council is scheduled to discuss this Opportunities and Challenges report on September 27, 2005. It is anticipated that the Council will direct staff to proceed with the preparation of alternatives plans and trade-off analysis, consistent with the findings in the report, broad policy questions and focus areas Ė as possible modification. To that end, staff seeks the Planning Commissionís comments on the report and direction as to whether the policy questions and focus areas, which form the framework for the next project phase, are on track or if and how they should be modified. The Planning Commissionís comments will be forwarded to the City Council.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lucy Dyke, Transportation Planning Manager
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jonathan Lait, AICP, Principal Planner
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Beth Rolandson, Senior Transportation Planner
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Michelle Glickert, Transportation Planning Associate
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Betsy Kollgaard, Administrative Analyst
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Planning and Community Development Department
A. Open House Correspondence (August 16, 2005)
B. Architectural Review Board Memo
C. Recommendations of the Landmarks Commission
D. Other Correspondence: Santa Monica Conservancy (August 29, 2005)