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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #100, 3/14




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.

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City Announces New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) Effort

The City has initiated the update of The Zoning Ordinance, Title 28 of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code. 

The Zoning Ordinance establishes the zone classifications and permitted uses, development standards, and the permitting process for development throughout the City.  Zoning regulations affect land use, design, parcel size, building heights, density, setbacks, parking, landscaping, fencing and other aspects of property development and use.  The current Zoning Ordinance, first adopted in 1957, needs to be comprehensively updated to bring it up to date to reflect current uses and practices. 

By the end of the NZO process, the goal is to have an improved Zoning Ordinance that is:

  • Restructured and easier to understand
  • Modern and current
  • Flexible, allowing less onerous processes for minor items (such as administrative approval authority for staff, or waiver authority for design review boards and the Staff Hearing Officer)
  • Responsive to nonconforming situations

The first Planning Commission meeting to review the draft Scope of Work for consultant services to assist with this effort will be on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall.

Work on the NZO has just begun and is expected to culminate in the adoption by the City Council in the Fall of 2016.  This effort will include a broad public process, and we encourage you to stay informed and get involved. 

A website has been developed for this effort, and will include information on relevant public meeting dates and reference materials for the NZO effort.  You are encouraged to check this website regularly for progress on the NZO, and also to provide your comments.  To view the website or provide comment, go to

If you would like to be added to the email list for receipt of future notices on any upcoming public meetings for the NZO, please go to the website above, and follow the instructions to sign up for notifications.

This work effort is being conducted by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department in conjunction with a consultant and inter-departmental support.  The project contact is Beatriz Gularte, Project Planner at

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