From 2018 – 2019, the City worked with a consultant to analyze the facilities that tourists stay in overnight to visit the coast, to determine how best to ensure that the coast is accessible to all. Because a lack of affordable facilities can limit the public's ability to stay in and access the coast, the primary focus of the study was on "Lower Cost Overnight Accommodations" (LCOA), which are typically defined as hostels, campgrounds, rv parks, cabins, and boat slips (as opposed to hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts, which are typically more expensive). This effort took a holistic view of how tourists who stay overnight access the coast, and considered not only at the coastal portion of the City, but also the inland areas, where there are many overnight accommodations and short travel distances to the coast. Ultimately, the effort concluded with the City of Santa Barbara Lower Cost Overnight Accommodations Study which includes an inventory of overnight accommodations and policy recommendations to consider for a future Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendment of the City’s certified Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP). At this time, it is envisioned that any new programs or policies would only be effective in the Coastal Zone portion of the City. A map of the Coastal Zone can be found here.
Before an LCP amendment is proposed, the policy recommendations undergo an informal review and consultation process with local California Coastal Commission staff. Later, the proposed amendments to the Coastal LUP are considered and adopted by the City Planning Commission and City Council, followed by submittal of a LCP amendment for certification by the California Coastal Commission.
Inventory of Overnight Accommodations Complete
Lower Cost Overnight Accommodations Study Completed
Begin LCP Amendment Consultation Process with CCC Staff
Planning Commission and City Council LCP Amendment Review and Adoption