Since 1969, California has required that all local governments (cities and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. Local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing plans (Housing Element) as part of their “general plan”. Senate Bill 375, adopted by the State Legislature in 2008, established an eight-year update cycle for Housing Elements concurrent with every other update to the Regional Transportation Plan. The City’s 2015 Housing Element Update addresses the 2015 to 2023 planning period.
Because the City of Santa Barbara is a charter city, it is not required to submit an annual Housing Element progress report on the status and progress of implementing the Housing Element policies to the State of California. However, to maintain eligibility for certain funding opportunities, the City submits the annual progress report to the California Department of Housing and Community Development and also includes it as an attachment to the Housing Development Activity Report submitted to City Council (see below). Click Here to view the 2016 Annual Housing Element Progress Report to the State Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Housing Development Activity Report provides information on housing development activity and trends in the City, including projects developed under the Average Unit-size Density (AUD) Incentive Program. Click Here to view the 2017 Housing Development Activity Report.
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