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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #143, 5/11/17


MAY 31, 2017


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Documents now available!

On May 11, 2017, the City released the Revised Draft New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) and staff memo with attachments for public review. These documents are now available for viewing and download at the NZO Public Meetings webpage.

Development standards related to growth, such as residential density, and amount of nonresidential growth allowed remain unchanged. The majority of the proposed changes consist of reformatting and modernizing language, and clarifying existing regulations; however, a number of changes to zoning regulations are proposed, including, but not limited to: 

Zone Designations and Districts:  Revising the names and designations of most zones in Title 28 and several in Title 29 (Airport) to be more descriptive of the allowed uses. Three existing commercial zones (C-P, C-L and C-1) are proposed to be combined into one zone (C-R). Area “A” of the Veronica Meadows Specific Plan (SP-9) is proposed to be rezoned to P-R (Parks and Recreation) with an Open Space designation.

Allowed Land Uses:  Narrowing the range of allowed uses in the M-1 (Light Manufacturing) zone, allowing neighborhood markets, updating home occupation standards, allowing mobile food vendors on private property, and expanding temporary use regulations.

Development Standards:  Regarding the number of stories in a building, building separation, setbacks, open yards, allowed encroachments into setbacks and open yard, size of accessory buildings/garages, fences and hedges, nonconforming buildings and uses, and other aspects of property use and configuration.

Parking:  Standardizing nonresidential parking requirements, including food service uses, parking for change of use, parking for expansions, bike parking, and parking reduction for small residential units.

Other Title Changes Related to the NZO: Changing the mechanical equipment noise level standard from Community Noise Equivalent Level (CNEL) to A-weighted decibels (dB(A)) in Title 9, changing time limits for approvals of Tentative Subdivision Maps in Title 27, and changes to Design Review regulations relating to the Architectural Board of Review, Historic Landmarks Commission and Single Family Design Board in Title 22, and minor wording and reference changes in other Titles of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code.


The public is invited to a special meeting of the City’s Ordinance Committee for public comment and review of the NZO. The Ordinance Committee will be forwarding recommendations to City Council for adoption of the New Zoning Ordinance in summer 2017.

Location:  Santa Barbara City Hall, Council Chambers
               735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Dates:      Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 11:00 a.m. 

On Thursday May 25, 2017, a Council Agenda Report for this item will be available at

For more information and to sign up for NZO notifications, please visit the project main website at

Contact: Marck Aguilar, Project Planner
Phone: 805-564-5399

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