College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Development department standards for constructing new buildings are put in place for the general well being of the community and its buildings. Using a case study of a recent Santa Monica Mixed-Use project, the paper can analyze the building standards, programs, and other requirements put in place. The purpose of the case study was to highlight challenges and issues to project start-up created by the city’s standards to gain insight as to how standards may deter construction containing affordable housing units in the Los Angeles Area. Qualitative research was conducted through e-mail correspondence with the VP and development partner of a construction company. Issues with Santa Monica’s 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element standards were shown to be the most impactful to the project which created challenges dealing with community benefits such as public road improvements and public space incorporation. Other challenges highlighted were discrepancies regarding standard requirements between the development agreement and Architectural Review Board which created a 6-month delay. Using information gained from the case study it was determined that standards generally do not deter new construction, but if the standards are too stringent and the area’s market is too low, developers will be less inclined to build.

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