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Santa Barbara Police Station Project

Why this Project?

The existing Santa Barbara City Police Station, located at 215 East Figueroa Street, was constructed in 1959. Since that time, there have been substantial increases in both City population and Police Department staff. In addition, the building does not meet modern seismic safety and accessibility standards. Together, growth and insufficient building standards have created the need for a new, accessible, and modernized facility.

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What's Happening

Police Station Status Update

October 18, 2021 

The Santa Barbara Police Station Project has progressed since April of 2021. Following support from the Architectural Board of Review to proceed, the Planning Commission was given a project update on March 18, 2021, and a request was made for a height exception. The height limitation for the area is 45 feet. As a Community Benefit Designated Project, the height can be increased up to 60 feet with the Planning Commission’s approval. After discussion at the Planning Commission, this height exception was granted.

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Police Station Update

April 29, 2021 

The Police Station Project received unanimous approval from the Planning Commission on March 18, 2021, for the height exception for this community benefit project.

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ABR Hearing Today!

April 19, 2021 

On March 18, 2021, the Police Station project was presented to the Planning Commission seeking a height exception for the Community Benefit Project and it received unanimous approval. The Project will be heard once again by the Architectural Board of Review today, April 19, 2021, from 4:00 – 5:00 to review the latest revisions. If you are interested in participating or listening in, the link to the meeting can be found on today’s ABR Agenda here: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/brdcomm/ac/abr/agendas.asp

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Police Station to go before Planning Commission, March 18, 2021

March 17, 2021 

Tomorrow, March 18, 2021, this project be presented at the Planning Commission for a conceptual review and a height exception request. As part of the request, the design team has put together photo simulations that are posted at the site for the public to review, as well as two virtual simulation videos that will show how the project will fit within the City.

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Police Station to go before Planning Commission

March 10, 2021 

Police Station Update:
On February 12, 2021, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) held a publicly noticed work session with the Design Team for the Police Station Project, and it was overall very positive. In addition to presenting the revised plans, the goal was to provide the ABR with some additional background on the project that previously had not been presented due to the time constraints for the presentations.

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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2020
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