The new districts created in this Plan permit many of the uses that have been traditionally allowed in the Downtown. However, certain new uses have been added to reflect the needs of the expanding Downtown residential, employee and visitor populations. Use classifications have been divided into categories consistent with the Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance.
Development standards regulate new site and building development by establishing standards for intensity, building height, frontage, open space, and other elements.
This Community Plan is adopted under the authority of the City’s charter, which establishes Specific Plans as a tool to regulate land use and development. The Downtown Community Plan establishes the area’s regulations and standards and shall guide all land use and development and circulation-related decision-making processes for the area. It replaces regulations contained in the Santa Monica Municipal Code.
The Community Plan does not replace or augment building safety codes or other non-planning related codes. All applications for new construction, substantial modifications to existing buildings, and changes in land use shall be reviewed for conformance with this Community Plan and other City code provisions.