In an effort to curb growth in Santa Monica, City Councilman Dennis Zane has proposed an annual cap on development and on the amount of sewage produced in the city.
Zane, in a statement presented to the City Council Tuesday night, urged that new commercial, retail or hotel development be limited to 150,000 square feet a year. He outlined a number of exemptions, including construction at the Santa Monica Pier, the Third Street Mall renovation and other projects with "significant public-interest objectives."
Zane, a member of the liberal Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, who is up for reelection this year, also proposed a formula for capping the amount of sewage that could be produced in the city. Once the limit is reached, he said, a moratorium should be imposed to stop additional development that generates more sewage.
Growth is expected to be the key issue in November's City Council election. Some residents have called for a slow-growth initiative to be placed on the ballot.