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City Suspends Street Sweeping, Preferential Parking Regulations
By Jorge Casuso
March 17, 2020 -- Santa Monica suspended street sweeping and preferential parking regulations Monday night to make it easier for residents to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
In its fifth emergency order since Friday night, the City also changed the zoning to ease restrictions on healthcare providers and social services.
In addition, it suspended regulations that restrict the operation of oversize vehicles and suspended user fees for the City's Breeze bikeshare program and the timelines for planning applications.
“We are looking across our operations to take the actions required to alleviate some of the hardships this outbreak is putting on our residents and communities across the globe,” said City Manager Rick Cole, who issued the order.
The relaxed zoning standards allow public safety facilities, hospitals, clinics and emergency shelters to operate in all zoning districts without the usual restrictions.
The order waives conditional use or temporary use permits and all development standards, design review, parking and access requirements and sign standards related to the uses.
"Drive-through facilities related to the provision of public safety, medical or food or pharmacy goods or services" are permitted under the order.
Monday's supplemental order suspends street sweeping unless essential for public health and safety, as well as the parking citations associated with street sweeping.
It also suspends preferential parking regulations, which are instituted in two-thirds of the city's residential neighborhoods "to better enable the Santa Monica community to stay at home."
The order is in effect through March 31 and must be approved by the City Council within seven days of being issued.
It is the fourth supplemental emergency order since the City on Friday night issued a local emergency proclamation that enhanced its ability to access federal and state dollars for COVID-19 response ("City Declares Local Coronavirus Emergency, Apple, Universal Music Shutter," March 14, 2020).
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