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CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER OPTIONS TO IMPLEMENT A TEMPORARY RESTRICTION ON AVERAGE UNIT-SIZE DENSITY INCENTIVE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the City Council will consider options to implement a temporary restriction on development projects proposed under the Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) Incentive Program, and provide direction to staff. The AUD Incentive Program was adopted by City Council in July 2013 (Santa Barbara Municipal Code Chapter 28.20), and carries out a key implementation action of the City’s 2011 General Plan. The AUD Incentive Program is intended to encourage smaller, more affordable housing units through the allowance of increased densities and development incentives in selected areas of the City. The AUD Incentive Program has a limited duration of either 8 years or until 250 units have been constructed in the High Density Residential and Priority Housing Overlay areas. As of February 17th, 151 units are under construction in those two areas (89 of those units are near completion), and 203 units have been approved. Another 430 units in those two areas are currently being reviewed by staff and decision-makers.
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 develop a proposal for a temporary six-month restriction on new applications 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 23, 2017, an Agenda with all items to be heard on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, will be available at 735 Anacapa Street and at the Central Library. Agendas and Staff Reports are also accessible online at www.santabarbaraca.gov; 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 www.santabarbaraca.gov: 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.