Residents will have another chance to shape the future of Santa Monica Wednesday when the Planning Commission holds its next workshop on the draft update to the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), which will dictate development in Santa Monica for at least two decades.

The workshop will be an initial step prior to a series of Planning Commission and City Council hearings before the document is adopted.

City officials call the workshop a celebration of the completion of the draft, but not all are ready to break out the champagne. There are still plenty of people concerned about the amount of development allowed under LUCE, particularly on the eastside of town. There is also concern about LUCE relying heavily on development agreements to dictate new construction. City Hall’s failures to properly monitor prior development agreements has some worried about weather or not developers will be able to get around certain requirements.

The workshop kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Ave. The workshop is expected to last until 9 p.m.

At the workshop, attendees will see how neighborhoods will be “protected and respected;” how a new transportation strategy will improve mobility; and how LUCE will help create jobs.

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