The City is updating its current Zoning Ordinance(Title 28 of the City’s Municipal Code) that establishes the zone classifications, permitted uses in the various zones, development standards and regulations, and the development review process. The zoning regulations affect land use, design, parcel size, building heights, density, setbacks, parking, landscaping, fencing and other aspects of property development and use.
The City’s current Zoning Ordinance was first adopted in 1957, and has been amended many times over the years. At this time, a comprehensive update has been undertaken to bring it up to date to reflect current uses and practices.
At the end of the New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) process, the goal is to have an improved Zoning Ordinance that is:
Restructured and easier to understand
Modern and current
Flexible in administering the code, including staff administrative authority for minor items
Responsive to nonconforming situations
In 2014, the City hired a consultant to assist with development of the NZO. Between May 2015 and October 2016, three draft modules (1. Use Regulations; 2. Development Standards; and 3. Administration, Parking and Temporary Uses) were reviewed by the NZO Joint Committee (two Councilmembers and three Planning Commissioners) and the Planning Commission. The scope and schedule for the project can be viewed under the Reference Documents tab to the right.
NOTICE (6-21-2017): It
is expected that work on the NZO will culminate with adoption by the City
Council in the summer of 2017 with an effective date at least 30 days later.
City Council Ordinance Committee has recommended to the City Council that upon
the NZO effective date,
new projects would be required to comply with the standards of the NZO. Any
project which has been issued a building permit, or been deemed complete, or
received a discretionary approval (including Project Design Approval by the
Design Review bodies) prior to the effective date would
be allowed the choice to proceed under the current zoning or to comply with the
NZO standards; all other projects will be subject to the regulations in the New
Zoning Ordinance. City Council will make the final decision on what
projects are affected by the new Zoning regulations. In the
Coastal Zone, the existing Zoning Ordinance regulations will continue to apply
until the New Zoning Ordinance is certified by the California Coastal
Commission, tentatively anticipated for late 2018/early 2019.
are encouraged to check this
website (www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/NZO) to
see how the NZO will affect your pending project and for information about
upcoming meetings and progress toward City Council adoption.
Draft New Zoning Ordinance
The Draft New Zoning Ordinance is
scheduled for introduction and review by City Council on Tuesday, July 11,
For the location and times of these events, or to download the staff report and exhibits, click on the Public Meetings webpage link (right column, above).
It is expected that work on the NZO will culminate with adoption by the City Council in the summer of 2017.
At the public hearing on Wednesday, May
31, 2017, the City Council Ordinance Committee reviewed the draft NZO and
recommended adoption with two request for further Council discussion:
eliminating the provision to allow neighborhood markets in single-unit
residential zones and increasing the hours/days allowed per year per site for
mobile food vendors. The Ordinance Committee agenda with staff report, and
minutes can be found by clicking here.To Stay Informed You are encouraged to check this website regularly for information about upcoming meetings and progress on the NZO.
To receive updates and notices, click here to create a "MySB Quick Subscriptions" Account. Scroll down to the Newsletters & Bulletins section and select "New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)" in the Newsletters & Bulletins section.
This work effort is being conducted by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department in conjunction with a consultant and inter-departmental support. The project contact is Marck Aguilar, Project Planner.