The city of Santa Monica issued an order Tuesday pausing deadline for development applications and extending the city’s one month limit on hotel stays.
The order signed by Interim City Manager Lane Dilg pauses deadlines for reviewing and acting on planning applications, exercising rights under planning entitlements and expiration of building permits. The temporary suspension takes effect retroactively on March 16 and deadlines will resume once the city lifts its local emergency declaration.
The order permits hotels and motels to allow guests to stay for longer than 30 days, which is intended to support people isolating in hotels, according to a city press release.
It also waives a rule that prohibits city employees from accepting gifts for first responders and disaster workers employed by the city, which will allow them to take advantage of city-approved public or private discounts, specials and subsidies programs, including offers from restaurants.
“As we strive to respond to new and emerging needs in the COVID-19 environment, this supplemental order continues to respond to new needs by allowing our first responders and disaster workers to take advantage of city-approved benefits and ensures that projects approved through our planning process do not lose entitlements or permits due to the COVID-19 emergency,” Dilg said in a statement. “I want to thank all in our community for keeping each other safe by continuing to heed your Stay at Home and Safer at Home orders, especially over a warm and sunny weekend.”