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Coastal Land Use Plan Update

About the Updated Coastal Land Use Plan

For the most part, the updated Coastal LUP carries forward policies that already exist in other City planning documents and regulations. New policies document the criteria and interpretations being used today for the review and approval of Coastal Development Permits, clarify development standards for traditionally complicated topics such as development near coastal bluffs and creeks, and address emerging issues for the City.

The updated Coastal LUP covers the following topics:

  • Land Use,
  • Public Access and Recreation,
  • Water Quality
  • Scenic and Visual Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Coastal Hazards
  • Public Works and Energy, and
  • Highway 101 

In August 2019, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) certified the City's updated Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) and the Notice of Certification was filed with the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, making the updated Coastal LUP effective. All projects within the Coastal Zone (i.e., having an overlay zone designation SD-3) that require a coastal development permit must be consistent with the updated Coastal LUP. The updated Coastal LUP does not include changes to the Zoning Ordinance and all projects in the Coastal Zone will continue to be regulated by Title 28 Coastal Zoning Ordinance.

For more information on the CCC's certification of the updated Coastal LUP and past hearing schedule, click here.

Printed copies of the 1981 Local Coastal Plan, the updated Coastal LUP, and related land use maps can be viewed at:

  • The Santa Barbara Central Library
    40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • City of Santa Barbara Planning Division
    630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • City of Santa Barbara City Clerk’s Office
    735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • California Coastal Commission South Central Coast Office
    89 S. California Street, #200, Ventura, CA

Printed copies of the updated Coastal Land Use Plan are available for purchase from Bill's Copy Shop.

Latest News

On August 9, 2019, the CCC finalized certification of the updated Coastal LUP.

For More Information

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Call the City of Santa Barbara Planning Division at (805) 564-5470

Visit the Planning Division Counter at 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Last Updated: May 5, 2021
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