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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #137, 2/3/17





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City Council to Consider Requiring Story Poles for Certain Development Projects

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the City Council will consider a policy to require installation of story poles for development projects proposed under the Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) Incentive Program.

The purpose of visual aids, including story poles, is to assist decision-makers, staff, applicants, and the public in the project review process. The City’s current administrative practice is to require story poles for certain developments that require action by the Planning Commission or Staff Hearing Officer. Applicants of development projects that require action by the Architectural Board of Review, Historic Landmarks Commission, or Single Family Design Board are required to install story poles only when specifically requested by the applicable design review body.

On December 13, 2016, staff sought direction from the City Council on a proposed work program for items related to implementation of the AUD Incentive Program. As part of that discussion, the Council directed staff to return with a policy requiring installation of story poles for certain projects proposed under the AUD Incentive Program.

As stakeholders in the Land Development Team process, the City encourages you to participate in this discussion. You are invited to attend this hearing and address your verbal comments to the City Council.  Written comments are also welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990.

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, an Agenda with all items to be heard on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, will be available at 735 Anacapa Street and at the Central Library.  Agendas and Staff Reports are also accessible online at; under Most Popular, click on Council Agenda Packet.  Regular meetings of the Council are broadcast live and rebroadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on City TV Channel 18.  These meetings can also be viewed over the Internet at  Point to GOVERNMENT, point to City Hall and click on Mayor & City Council; click on City Council Meetings, City Council Meeting Videos, and then click on the Video link associated with the meeting date.

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