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Supplemental Order Pauses Deadlines for Building Projects

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By Lookout Staff

April 28, 2020 -- Building deadlines have been paused, hotel stays can last longer than 30 days and the City's gift policy has been waived for first responders under Santa Monica's latest emergency order.

The order -- issued Friday by newly appointed Interim City Manager Lane Dilg -- is the 12th supplemental order since a local emergency was declared on Friday, March 13 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the order, deadlines for reviewing and acting on planning applications, exercising rights under planning entitlements, and expiration of building permits are paused as of March 16.

"The deadlines will resume once the local emergency is declared over," City officials said.

Nothing in the order "prohibits the applicable City Departments from continuing to process applications in a reasonable and timely manner," the supplemental order states.

The planning provision, Dilg said, "ensures that projects approved through our planning process do not lose entitlements or permits due to the COVID-19 emergency.”

The order also permits lodging establishments operating as hotels and motels to allow stays of more than 30 days.

"This change is intended to support people who are isolating in hotels under Stay at Home and Safer at Home orders," officials said.

In addition, the supplemental order waives the City’s rule "precluding employees from accepting gifts of any sort," officials said.

This allows first responders and disaster workers to take advantage of "City-approved public or private discount, specials, and subsidies programs," according to the order.?

"The Emergency Operations Center shall make a list of approved programs available to City first responders and disaster workers," the order states.

"City first responders and disaster workers must still abide by Political Reform Act
gift limits and disclosure requirements."

“As we strive to respond to new and emerging needs in the COVID-19 environment, this supplemental order continues to respond to new needs," said Dilg, who also serves as the City's Manager and Director of Emergency Services.

The order will remain in effect through May 15.

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