David Martin has been officially named director of Santa Monica’s Planning and Community Development Department after serving the position on an interim basis.
Martin, who became the acting planning director following the retirement of Eileen Fogarty, previously served as deputy planning director from 2009 through early 2011.
“David Martin has proven himself a skilled manager with a solid track record in municipal planning and land use experience in the city of Santa Monica and in the private sector in the region,” said City Manager Rod Gould, adding that the appointment followed a nationwide recruitment.
“He brings experience in planning system improvements focusing on service quality and community benefits. He is known for a high level of team work and group spirit that I prize in the department and with the community.”
A Santa Monica resident, Martin will oversee a department with 103 employees and an annual budget of $15.8 million.
As acting director, Martin focused on interdepartmental coordination of community benefits associated with development, such as affordable housing, improvements to the city’s multimodal circulation network, open space, childcare and neighborhood serving uses, Gould said.
Prior to joining the Planning Department, Martin worked as assistant to the city manger as business ombudsman. While serving as deputy planning director, he oversaw improvements to the department’s development review process and the Building and Safety Division’s permit review process, Gould said.
“I am grateful to be working in Santa Monica as we begin implementing the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) and plan for the arrival of the Expo light rail line,” Martin said. “I look forward to building on the collaborative relationships formed with our residents and the business community to implement the community’s vision through sound land use and transportation decisions.”
Martin previously served as senior planner in Santa Monica from 1995-99, when he managed the day-to-day operations of the City Planning Division and was also a zoning administrator.
Other positions he has held in the city include associate planner from 1990-95 and Martin was a member of the Bayside District Corporation board from 2002 to 2009, serving as chairperson from 2007-09.
As Planning and Community Development director, Martin will receive a base salary of $173,712.