The urban grid area of Santa Barbara is known for its historic character, pedestrian-friendly qualities, and exemplary architecture. It is a distinctly urban environment, softened by vistas of the mountains, ocean, and the attention to detail that is evident in both the built environment and landscaped open spaces.
Most new development in the grid will be either infill development of vacant properties or the redevelopment of existing buildings. Due to the close proximity of buildings to one another and the established urban fabric of the grid, it is important that new development be compatible with and compliment the character of the grid, enhance existing natural features, and incorporate appropriate landscaped open spaces. View the Urban Design Guidelines.