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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #138, 2/9/17




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: LandDevelopmentTeam@SantaBarbaraCA.gov


Documents now available!

The City has released the comprehensive Draft New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) for public review. The staff reports and exhibits 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 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.


The public is invited to the upcoming open houses to meet with Planning staff, ask questions and learn more about the New Zoning Ordinance. Location, dates and times are:

Santa Barbara Public Library, Main Branch (Faulkner Gallery)
40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.


The public is also invited to special meetings of the Planning Commission for public comment and review of the NZO. The Planning Commission will be forwarding recommendations to City Council for adoption of the New Zoning Ordinance in late spring 2017

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

For more information and to sign up for NZO notifications, please visit the project main website at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/NZO.

Contact: Marck Aguilar, Project Planner
Phone:  805-564-5399
Email:  MAguilar@SantaBarbaraCA.gov 

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