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Future of Downtown State Street

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 list HERE) 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 complete HERE.

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.

Contact Us

For more information,
please send us an email.

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Watch The Video

View the staff presentation on the history of State Street and examples of other pedestrian streets and promenades from around the country/world.  

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Community Survey

The City wants to hear from you!

Take the Community Survey on the Future of Downtown State Street

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Note: This survey will be available until midnight, Sunday, January 31, 2021. It takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.


¡La Ciudad de Santa Bárbara quiere oír su voz!

Tome esta Encuesta Comunitaria sobre el futuro de la calle State Street

Ingrese aquí

Nota: Favor de tomar esta encuesta antes de la medianoche el domingo 31 de enero, 2021.  La encuesta toma aproximadamente 5 minutos para completar.

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2020
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