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|First Hearing on Santa Monica Downtown Community Plan Set for Wednesday|
By Jonathan Friedman
April 24, 2017 -- Expect a big crowd in Santa Monica City Council Chambers on Wednesday.
The hearing, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., could take so long that City staff has proposed the possibility of adding a second session Thursday night.
Five more hearings are scheduled for May that are expected to conclude with the commission making a recommendation to the City Council.
The council is expected to finalize the document by the end of the summer.
Delays are of course possible, especially for this process, which has included many during its more than six years in the planning (“Vote on Santa Monica Downtown Plan Delayed Yet Again,” March 31, 2016).
The latest version of the document, which was released with fanfare in a special event earlier this month, has also been met with controversy (“Santa Monica Downtown Plan Seeks to Strike a Compromise, Officials Say, But Some Remain Skeptical,” April 13, 2017).
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