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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #192, 5/2/2019


Land Development Fee Study Results
and Recommended Fee Adjustments



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.

We hope you'll find the contents of this issue useful. However, if you prefer not to receive this publication in the future, simply send us an email to:

Land Development Fee Study recommended adjustments will be presented to the City Council at the following City Council Budget Work Session meetings:

Community Development Budget Presentation, including proposed Fiscal Year 2020 fees; and Land Development Fee Study Presentation
Monday, May 13, 2019, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
735 Anacapa Street

Public Works Budget Presentation, including proposed Fiscal Year 2020 fees
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 2:30 - 5:30
City Council Chambers
735 Anacapa Street

Over the last several months, City staff has been working with a consultant, Revenue and Cost Specialists, LLC, to study and update the staff time spent on the processes of the various fees charged by the Land Development Team Departments. The purpose of the study is to calculate the amount that should be charged in order to recover the costs associated with each service. Knowing these costs is important for several reasons:

  • Determining the cost of services ensures that fees recover only costs reasonably borne, as mandated by Article XIIIB of the California Constitution.
  • The study provides information to the City Council about which services are being subsidized and to what degree. In most cases, the recommended fee is to seek full cost recovery for providing a service when an individual is the one who benefits from the service as opposed to benefiting the entire community.

For more information, please contact Sue Gray at (805) 564-5504 or

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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