As the City of Manhattan Beach continues to research and draw up plans for the future of the downtown district they have restricted the change of use in the commercial district. The Interim Zoning Ordinance was first enacted on July 15, 2014 and subsequently extended for the full year on August 19th. Since that time the City has worked with the community, community leaders, and outside consultants to determine what the best use and procedures would be moving forward. While this process continues the City is asking for a second extension of one year to the IZO, which would end on July 15, 2016.
Public hearings on this matter will be heard during the July 7, 2015 City Council Meeting beginning at 6:00 PM in council chambers. This would be a great time to let your voice be heard either in person or before the meeting occurs. Take some time today and research the issue and if so inclined please contact the City with your comments.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce was supportive of the initial request for the Ordinance as we saw an opportunity to develop real plans rather than making rash decisions. We continue to support moving in the right direction and encourage all involved to move this process forward to a conclusion. Studies have been conducted, public comment has been heard, and staff has had time to meet with all of the effected groups. It is important today we make informed decisions, as we have a vested in the interest in the future of this great city. Now is a time for action and while there is a need for a continuation in this process there is also reason for caution against not getting it done within this second year. A lot has been done in the first 12 months of the IZO, but there is still a lot to be done. It is imperative we as a community continue to work towards one common future and insist in the best possible outcome.
For more information visit: www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us