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Average Unit-Size Density Incentive Program Amendments

AUD Program Background

The AUD Program ordinance was adopted by City Council in July 2013, as a General Plan initiative intended to provide needed residential development, particularly rental units, in the community. The AUD Program encourages housing by allowing increased densities based on unit size: the smaller the average unit size for the project, the greater the density allowed. Additionally, development standard incentives related to parking, setbacks, and open space are provided to help make the construction of additional residential units possible.

In 2017 the City Council directed staff to initiate certain ordinance amendments to Title 30 of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code regarding the AUD Program. The amendments will be completed in multiple parts, as shown below.

 AUD Program Amendments Completed:

  • Require two onsite parking spaces for AUD units with three or more bedrooms, in projects located outside of the Central Business District.
  • Prohibit all units approved under the AUD Program from future conversion to hotel uses.
  • Exclude existing mobilehome parks from the AUD Program parking incentives.

AUD Program Amendments - Phase 2:

  • Consider allowing increased residential density and other development incentives in the Central Business District.
  • Consider revising the geographic boundaries of the AUD Program and location of the Priority Housing Overlay.
  • Consider additional changes to AUD Program parking requirements.
  • Other procedural actions as directed by the City Council

AUD Program Inclusionary Housing Amendments:

  • Require AUD Program projects with 10 units or more to provide at least 10% of the units onsite at rental rates affordable to households at the Moderate Income level (80% to 120% of Area Median Income).
  • Require AUD Program projects with less than 10 units to pay an affordable housing in-lieu fee per square foot.

The work effort has been split into these phases to expedite the amendments which do not require additional public outreach. Potential future amendments are anticipated to be worked on concurrently, but will have a more in-depth public process, due to their complexity, and therefore a longer time period for completion.

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Past Meeting

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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2019
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