Santa Monica's City Council has delayed action for at least two months on a proposal by Mayor Dennis Zane that would limit the amount of construction permitted annually and would allow city officials to select projects based on their benefit to the city.
The delay represents a small victory for Santa Moncia business and neighborhood groups who oppose the plan, called the Commercial Allotment Program (CAP). The program is the latest effort to rein in what many see as runaway growth in the city.
The CAP would set an annual limit on commercial development--office, hospital and industrial projects larger than 20,000 square feet--at 200,000 square feet.
Zane said he welcomes public discussion of the slow-growth measure but remains committed to setting an annual limit on development and establishing a ranking system for evaluating projects.