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Seat to Open After Planning Commissioner Submits Resignation

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May 7, 2019 -- The Santa Monica Planning Commission will have an unscheduled vacancy after its former Chair submitted her resignation last month.

Amy Anderson, one of the seven members on the City's most visible and powerful board, submitted her resignation last month effective June 30.

The City Council is expected to accept Anderson's resignation at its meeting Tuesday and authorize the City Clerk to publish the vacancy.

In a letter dated April 23, Anderson, who has served on the Commission since January 2012, cited "work obligations" as the reason for resigning.

She offered to remain on the Commission until the Council appoints her replacement.

"It has been a great honor to serve the City," she wrote. "Serving on the commission with my fellow commissioners has been fun, stimulating and fulfilling.

"Unfortunately, I no longer am able to appropriately balance my work obligations with the time commitment required by the Planning Commission."

Anderson was first appointed to the Commission on January 10, 2012 to fill a partial term that expired on June 30, 2013.

An urban planner, Anderson was chosen over former mayor Paul Rosenstein, a former planning commissioner, and Corin Kahn, a land use attorney, for the seat vacated by Architect Hank Koning.

Her appointment left the Commission without an architect for the first time in more than two decades ("Santa Monica Gets New Planning Commissioner," January 12, 2012).

She was then appointed to a full four-year term on June 25, 2013, and reappointed on June, 30 2017 to serve another four years.

Her current term is not set to expire until June 20, 2021.

Anderson is the third-longest serving member on the Commission after Jason Parry, who was appointed in September 2009, and Richard McKinnon, who was appointed in September 2011.

Anderson was the Commission's chair when it recommended approval of the Downtown Community Plan in May 2017.

“I’m so proud of this plan," she said at the conclusion of meeting. "It does such an amazing job of changing land use patterns in terms of density and mobility options and by doing that creates a lot of access and opportunity.

"And it does it in a really smart, thoughtful, and honest way,” she said.

There are currently four candidates who have applied to serve on the Planning Commission.

The pool of candidates is expected to grow once the vacancy is announced.

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