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Multi-unit Housing Program Amendments

Multi-unit Housing Program Background

The Average Unit-size Density Incentive Program setting standards for multi-unit housing was adopted by CityPhoto of 604 East Cota Street. One of the first projects built under the AUD Program. Council in July 2013, as a General Plan initiative intended to provide needed residential development, particularly rental units, in the community. The 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 Program. The amendments will be completed in multiple parts. For information on the components of the amendments see below:

  • Adopted Inclusionary Amendments, here.
  • Adopted 2020 Downtown-Focused Amendments, here.
  • Final Program Amendments in process and scheduled for completion in 2021, here.
  • Mobilehome Park Overlay Zone, here.

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Click here to view information about and materials discussed at AUD Workshops.

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For more information on Past Meetings and the Previous Actions click here.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2020
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