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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #244, 8/12/2021

New: Santa Barbara Design Standards and How to Be Informed


The LDT Bulletin is one way we are increasing communication between the City and our customers. These bulletins will also be located in our lobby area at 630 Garden Street.

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Santa Barbara Design Standards Project - How to Stay Informed

Recent State legislation requires multi-unit housing projects to be reviewed and approved using objective standards—a type of regulation that does not require a judgment call to determine that it’s been met. In 2021, City Council adopted objective design standards for the limited types of multi-unit housing projects that qualify for State Senate Bill 35 permit streamlining. To further facilitate much-needed housing construction, expanded objective design standards are desired for a greater number of housing project types. To that end, the City was awarded a grant to develop Santa Barbara Design Standards over the next two years for the City’s diverse multi-unit neighborhoods. Public outreach will include community workshops, stakeholder meetings, and videos.

For updates on this project, the City has created an Objective Design Standards webpage and a Santa Barbara Design Standards Bulletin. Please visit this page and sign up to receive meeting notices and project updates. The Bulletin is also available through a MySB Subscriptions Account, Santa Barbara Design Standards Newsletters & Bulletins.

This effort is being led by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. For questions, please contact the project manager Rosie Dyste at

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