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Main Street District – (300-400 Blocks Main Street)

EL SEGUNDO DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN

  1. DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

  1. Main Street District – (300-400 Blocks Main Street)


  1. Purpose-

    This district is the "core" of the Downtown. The area is intended to be resident serving, providing a pedestrian-oriented and pedestrian-friendly environment. Standards for the district are intended to maintain, enhance, and protect this character. Retail and service uses should serve the residents, local employees, and visitors to the City. A mixed-use environment is encouraged. Non-pedestrian oriented uses are limited to areas above and behind the street level, and off of alleys, with the exception that offices are allowed on the street-front.

  2. Permitted Uses-
    1. First floor street-front level, with a minimum building depth of 25 feet:
      1. Retail sales and services
      2. Restaurants
      3. Recreational uses
      4. Governmental offices
      5. Banks, not to exceed 500 square feet
      6. General offices
      7. Medical-dental offices
      8. Outdoor uses including dining, gathering areas (such as outdoor party areas), newsstands, coffee carts and flower stands, up to 200 square feet in area, subject to design review and conformance with Section 20.12.190, Outdoor Dining Areas, of the El Segundo Municipal Code; greater than 200 square feet, also subject to an Administrative Use Permit
      9. Other similar pedestrian oriented retail-service uses and offices approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration
    2. Above and behind street-front level, and adjacent to alleys:
      1. All uses listed above in a.
      2. Clubs and halls
      3. Schools
      4. Theaters
      5. Banks
      6. Other similar uses approved by the Director of Community Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration

  3. Permitted Accessory Uses-
    1. Any use customarily incidental to a permitted use
    2. Outdoor storage, subject to conformance with Section 20.12.080, Screening, of the El Segundo Municipal Code
    3. Indoor entertainment, dancing, and amplified sound, subject to conformance with Chapter 5.36, Entertainment Regulations and Chapter 9.06, Noise and Vibration Regulations, of the El Segundo Municipal Code
    4. Other similar accessory uses approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V. Administration

  4. Uses Subject to an Administrative Use Permit - (Chapter 20.72 of the El Segundo Municipal Code)
    1. On-site sale and consumption of alcohol at restaurants
    2. Off-site sale of alcohol at retail establishments
    3. Outdoor uses including dining, gathering areas (such as outdoor party areas), newsstands, coffee carts and flower stands, over 200 square feet in area, subject to design review and conformance with Section 20.12.190, Outdoor Dining Areas, of the El Segundo Municipal Code
    4. Video arcades with three or fewer machines
    5. Other similar uses approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration

  5. Uses Subject to a Conditional Use Permit - (Chapter 20.74 of the El Segundo Municipal Code)
    1. Bars
    2. Outdoor entertainment and dancing
    3. Outdoor amplified sound, which exceeds more than four single events in one calendar year
    4. Video arcades with four or more machines
    5. Other similar uses approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration

  6. Prohibited Uses-
    All other uses which are not Permitted Uses, Permitted Accessory Uses, Uses Subject to an Administrative Use Permit or Uses Subject to a Conditional Use Permit are prohibited. Prohibited uses include, but are not limited to:
    1. Drive-thru restaurants
    2. Churches
    3. Service stations
    4. Tattoo parlors

  7. Site Development Standards-
    1. General Provisions:
      1. All uses shall be conducted within a fully enclosed building, except the outdoor uses detailed under Permitted, Accessory, Administrative, and Conditional Uses, and Outdoor Recreational uses.
      2. All provisions of Chapter 20.55, Developer Transportation Demand Management (TDM), of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
      3. All provisions of Chapter 20.56, Employer/Occupant Transportation Systems Management (TSM), of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
      4. All provisions of Chapter 20.12, General Provisions, of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
      5. All provisions of Section VIII, Design Standards must be met.
    2. Lot Area:
      A minimum of 3,500 square feet is required for new lots.
    3. Height:
      New structures abutting a street must be a minimum of 25 feet in height, and may not exceed 30 feet and two stories in height, as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade directly below. This height shall be measured at the front and streetside property lines. Structures shall not exceed 45 feet, or three stories, in height as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade directly below.
      1. Upsloping lots - For lots that slope up from the street, the 45-foot height limit shall be measured vertically from the existing grade at the front and streetside property lines to the peak or the highest point of the structure. Additionally, the structure may not exceed 30 feet in height as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade at the front and streetside property lines.
      2. Downsloping lots – For lots that slope down from the street, the 45-foot height limit shall be measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade directly below. Additionally, the structure may not exceed 30 feet in height as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade at the front and streetside property lines.
    4. Setbacks:
      1. Front and Streetside – There shall be no setback between a building and the front and streetside property lines on the street level, except pedestrian-oriented plazas or architectural features, up to 10 feet in depth, may be placed between the building and the street, subject to design review. Parking is not allowed between the street and the building, except for handicapped parking, subject to design review.
      2. Side and Rear - Zero setback allowed
    5. Lot Width:
      A minimum of 25 feet is required for new lots.
    6. Building Area-(Density):
      The total net floor area of all buildings shall not exceed the total net square footage of the property, or a Floor Area Ratio, FAR, of 1.0:1.
    7. Walls and Fences:
      All provisions of Chapter 20.12, General Provisions, of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
    8. Access:
      Safe and convenient pedestrian access shall be provided between buildings and sidewalks, or modes of transportation, and between buildings for multi-building projects.
    9. Landscaping:
      All provisions of Section 20.12.170, Landscaping, of the El Segundo Municipal Code and Section VIII, Design Standards, must be met.
    10. Parking and Loading:
      All provisions of Section VII, Parking must be met.
    11. Signs:
      All provisions of Section VIII, Design Standards must be met.

  8. Non-conformities-
    1. All provisions of Chapter 20.70, Nonconforming Buildings and Uses, of the El Segundo Municipal Code, except Sections 20.70.060 B. and C. shall apply.
    2. A non-conforming use in a conforming or non-conforming building may only be replaced with a conforming use, except a non-conforming commercial use may be replaced with a similar or less intense non-conforming use only if the building, or the portion of the building occupied by the non-conforming use, has not been vacant or closed for business for more than six months.

  9. Strategic Sites-
    1. Pursell Building (Northwest corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue):
    2. The northeast corner of Main Street and Holly Avenue, north to the City parking lot:
New target destination uses, such as a market, restaurant or similar use, may be provided with financial incentives, as provided in Section IX G, Development Incentives, for both Strategic Sites.


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