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State Street Advisory Committee

Introduction and Overview

The Santa Barbara City Council is establishing an Advisory Committee to guide the production of a Downtown State Street Area Master Plan.

The Advisory Committee will provide input and recommendations of the creation of a Downtown State Street Area Master Plan to address the following elements:

  • Streetscape Design and Amenities
  • Transportation and Circulation
  • Housing and Redevelopment Opportunities
  • Economic Development
  • Historic Resources
  • Equity and Accessibility
  • Homeless Strategies
  • Public and Performing Arts
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Funding Strategy

The main focus of the Master Plan is to conceptualize the Downtown State Street corridor and adjacent city blocks. The Master Plan will be a holistic and long-term planning document that provides a conceptual layout of the area and an action plan. The proposed area of the Master Plan is from the 101 freeway to Sola Street, Chapala to Anacapa Streets. It is anticipated that the Downtown State Street Area Master Plan will evaluate connectivity and synergy that the commercial areas of the Funk Zone and waterfront can be enhanced. Likewise, the Master Plan will also take into account connectivity of the surrounding downtown neighborhoods. The goal to include this broader area is to ensure that other areas of the downtown core are addressed in the Master Plan.

Qualifications for Service

The City Council seeks a diverse group of people to review professional and community input and provide guidance of the Downtown State Street Area Master Plan. The Council seeks people whose professional experience, education, as well as community and stakeholder representation will help guide the Master Plan development. Advisory Committee members will also be influential champions of the Master Plan, once complete, to the community, the Council and others they represent.  Advisory Committee members should have a demonstrated interest in Downtown Santa Barbara, design, commercial districts and urban planning. The Council wants the membership of the Downtown State Street Area Master Plan Advisory Committee to be broad-based and representative of the many stakeholders in the community. 

U.S. citizenship is not required.  


The City of Santa Barbara does not discriminate in hiring or appointments, and welcomes all applicants, including specifically persons of any:

  • Race or color
  • Ancestry or national origin
  • Religion or creed
  • Age
  • Disability, mental and physical
  • Sex, gender (including, but not limited to, pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity, gender expression
  • Medical condition
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Military or veteran status

Additional Desirable Qualifications

In addition, the Council seeks qualified applicants from the following communities or affiliations:

  • Homeless services or nonprofits
  • Public or alternative transportation
  • Accessibility
  • Housing
  • Neighborhood organizations
  • Community foundations
  • Business community or commercial property owner
  • Background in Architecture/Historic Preservation
  • Background in Urban Planning
  • Background in Commercial Development
  • Background in Urban Design

Organizational Support or Nominations

The Council will give additional weight to applications from persons who are supported or nominated by a community, nonprofit or business organization, foundation, or other interest/stakeholder group (though such nominations do not guarantee appointment to the State Street Master Plan Advisory Committee).  The Council believes that widespread community involvement in this process is essential.  Civic engagement through the inclusion of a diverse range of interest groups will increase community involvement.


The City will protect applicants’ and Commission members’ personal information to the full extent allowed by law.  This Commission will conduct extensive and highly visible public outreach, and will make what may be controversial recommendations.  It is not legally possible to conceal the identity of participants.

How Do I Apply?

You may apply by completing an application form available from the Santa Barbara City Clerk’s Office or online.  The City Clerk’s Office will provide technical assistance to persons wishing to apply.  Applications will be made available in Spanish and English.

All applicants will have an opportunity to interview in public with the City Council.  The City Council is asking all applicants to provide responses to these two questions:

1. Why do you want to be on the Downtown State Street Master Plan Advisory Committee?

2. What are the personal or professional experiences you will bring to the SSAC and how do they relate to the State Street master planning process? 

Application Deadline – 5:00 PM on May 20 2021

Interviews – June 22nd, 2021 and/or June 29th, 2021

Summary & Other Details



15 members in total – 3 Councilmembers, 1 Planning Commissioner, 1 Historic Landmarks Commissioner and 10 open seats to be appointed via an application selection process; 3 of the 10 seats are to be assigned to a downtown property owner, a downtown business owner and or a business organization representative.


A Councilmember selected by City Council


Professional experience, education and stakeholder/community representation; the ability to be a consensus builder and effective Master Plan process representative; and the ability to be an influential champion of the Master Plan, once complete.


1-2 years

Meeting Schedule


Time Commitment

Approximately 4-8 hours/every other month

Financial Disclosure?


Training Requirements

Yes, Successful applicants will receive Ethics training required by AB 1234

Professional and Logistical Assistance

The Council anticipates that a consultant team would be utilized to develop the Master Plan after the advisory committee member selection process.

Appointment Process

City Council will select 10 members from applicant pool.


State Street Advisory Committee Application PDF


Last Updated: May 20, 2021
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