In response to the pandemic and public health restrictions, the City closed Downtown State Street to cars and opened the street to pedestrians, shoppers and outdoor dining to allow residents to enjoy downtown’s newly created open space.
Due to the on-going public health orders Council extended the term of emergency economic recovery ordinance which allows for the temporary outdoor dining uses until March 8, 2021. Additionally, due to the success of the newly created State Street Promenade, the City Council established a State Street Subcommittee to oversee a public outreach effort to envision the future form of Downtown State Street.
The State Street Subcommittee has been meeting regularly over the fall of 2020 to oversee the management of the State Street Promenade and outreach/visioning effort. The State Street Subcommittee meetings and staff presentations can be accessed HERE.
The visioning effort has involved approximately 20 City commissions, committees and stakeholder organizations (view the listHERE)as well as a communitywide resident survey.
The City wants to hear from you! Please take the survey by midnight, Sunday, January 31, 2021. It takes approximately 5 minutes to completeHERE.
The American Institute of Architectures (AIA) Santa Barbara Chapter recently conducted a design charrette involving over 160 professionals over the summer to explore design concepts for the State Street corridor and downtown to add to the civic discussion and policy analysis related to downtown housing and the future of State Street. The design concepts produced by the AIA SB Chapter can be accessed HERE.
Next Steps in the future of downtown State Street
The State Street Subcommittee will evaluate all of the feedback generated from the visioning outreach and resident survey to create a vision statement that defines the future of Downtown State Street for the City Council’s adoption. Based on that outcome, staff will have the direction of how to proceed forward.