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October 1, 2020
On September 17, 2019, City Council selected the Cota Commuter Parking Lot as the preferred site alternative for environmental review for the new police station in Santa Barbara.  As part of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review, technical studies are required that will inform the design and environmental review. The City selected Dudek as the environmental consultant to produce the technical studies, conduct peer review of studies previously completed, and evaluate the site for potential environmental impacts.  This review has been completed and will culminate in an Initial Study.

Cearnal Collective and McClaren Wilson and Lawrie (MWL) are the architects producing 30% drawings for the project as part of the environmental review.  The project has received Community Benefit Status from City Council and, therefore, has the possibility of going over the 45' height limit for the area.

City Staff has submitted an application to the City’s Preliminary Review Team (PRT) and will be submitting plans to the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) for a concept hearing.  Feedback from ABR will be taken into account.  Following ABR, the project will go before Planning Commission to request the height increase above 45'.

It is expected that the project will be submitted to the Development Application Review Team (DART) submittal in early 2021.


Architectural Board of Review (ABR) Concept Hearing:  November 2020
Planning Commission Concept Hearing – height increase request:  Late 2020


Once the project has completed its DART Submittal a schedule for the project will be posted here.


A preliminary budget has been produced based on preliminary plans but cannot be relied upon enough to post here.  Once the plans have been developed beyond schematic and conceptual design, it will then be appropriate to produce a budget that can be more confidently relied upon.

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2020
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