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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #167, 12/7/17




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On December 14, 2017, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider proposed amendments to the Santa Barbara Municipal Code to establish development regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).  This hearing follows the Planning Commission’s initial hearing on September 7, 2017, during which Commission members requested further analysis and revisions to the draft ADU regulations, and City Council’s hearing on October 24, 2017, directing staff to initiate amendments to Title 28 (in the Coastal Zone) and Title 30 (outside of the Coastal Zone).  On October 24, 2017, City Council also directed staff to proceed with ordinance amendments regarding water metering requirements for ADUs in Title 14, Water and Sewers, ahead of amendments to Titles 28 and 30.  The Title 14 ordinance amendments were adopted on December 5, 2017.  

Following the Planning Commission’s direction on December 14, 2017, the Draft ADU Ordinance will be presented to the Ordinance Committee for review, before returning to the City Council for introduction and adoption.  The ADU Ordinance will require certification by the California Coastal Commission in order for the regulations to be effective in the Coastal Zone.

We encourage you to stay informed and attend the public hearing.  The ADU webpage includes information about this work effort at To receive updates of future meetings regarding ADUs, please subscribe for notifications by following the instructions under the “Get Involved” tab on the ADU webpage. 

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the Planning Commission agenda and staff report on this item will be available at 630 Garden Street and online at  Meetings can be viewed live on City TV-18, or on your computer at A rebroadcast schedule can be found at  

This work effort is being conducted by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department in conjunction with Jerry Hittleman, Senior Planner, from Rincon Consultants, Inc. For questions about the state law or the City’s amendments to the Municipal Code establishing local regulations for ADUs, email ADU: or call (805) 897-1971 and your call will be directed to the appropriate staff.   

For questions about zoning compliance and building permits for proposed ADUs, please refer to the Accessory Dwelling Unit handout available on the ADU website, stop by the permit counters at 630 Garden Street, or call the Planning/Zoning Counter at (805) 564-5578.

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