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2020 AUD AmendmentsPlanning Central

At the semi-annual joint work session with the City Council and Planning Commission on November 14, 2019, and a continued meeting of the City Council on December 10, 2019, direction was given to staff to make amendments to the AUD program.

During the City Council discussion on the COVID-19 Update on April 21, 2020, Councilmembers expressed interest in prioritizing a subset of previously identified ordinance amendments to better facilitate economic recovery and construction of new housing developments in the downtown. At the April 28, 2020, City Council meeting staff was directed to expedient certain amendments for the downtown separate from the complete package.

Upcoming Planning Commission

The Planning Commission discussed the AUD Program ordinance amendments, as directed by City Council in April 2020.

Planning Commission Meeting

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 1:00 p.m.
This meeting will be conducted electronically via the GoToWebinar platform, for more details and for documents on the upcoming hearing, available on May 28, 2019, click here.

DOWNTOWN-FOCUSED PACKAGE 

DENSITY CHANGES

  • Add High Density with Priority Overlay in much of the Central Business District (CBD).

PARKING CHANGES

  • Allow developers to pay parking in-lieu fees in the CBD instead of providing the required on-site parking.
  • Allow for unbundled parking for multi-unit residential development in the CBD.

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS IN THE CBD

  • Increase the maximum height limit from 45 feet to 48 feet in the C-G and M-C Zones, within the Priority Housing Overlay, to improve livability of smaller units.

  • Eliminate the open yard requirement on properties in the CBD between Chapala and Anacapa Streets.

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

  • Eliminate the 250-unit provision ending the initial AUD Program trial period, which would extend the AUD Program to August 2021.

ADDITIONAL WORK EFFORT PACKAGE 

DENSITY

  • Designate the parcels adjacent to State Street, from Arrellaga Street to Mission Street, as Priority Housing Overlay.
  • Remove the Priority Housing Overlay from Milpas Street and Haley Street, down to North Quarantina Street.
  • Study designating State Street and De La Vina Street, west of Constance Street, from Medium-High to High Density.

PARKING CHANGES

  • Explore in-lieu fee waivers for green buildings, redevelopment of existing buildings.
  • Define what the in-lieu fees will be used for and include a portion for ADA improvements in the CBD. 

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

  • Establish maximum Floor Area Ratios (FARs) to regulate new multi-unit residential and mixed-use development including exploring:

-Block-by-block options

-Incentivizing micro-units

-Form-based code standards

PROTECT EXISTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • Establish no-net-loss of units affordable to low-income or very-low-income households.
  • Review concept of no-net-loss of existing units for all income levels.
  • Limit uses of parcels developed with existing mobile home parks to discourage conversion.

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

  • Require a land use decision with findings by the Planning Commission for multi-unit housing projects on lots over 10,000 square feet and located in the High Density or Priority Housing Overlay area.
  • Consider local preference for inclusionary housing component of AUD Program development.
 

For questions, contact Jessica Metzger, AICP, at JMetzger@SantaBarbaraCA.Gov.

 

Last Updated: May 29, 2020
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