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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 the following amendments to the AUD program.


  • Add High Density with Priority Overlay in Central Business District (CBD), except in the Brinkerhoff Historic District.
  • 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.
  • Remove the Priority Overlay and High Density from the Potential Historic Districts of De La Vina and Castillo.
  • Study designating State Street and De La Vina Street, west of Constance Street, from Medium-High to High Density.


  • Allow developers to pay parking in-lieu fees in the CBD instead of providing the required on-site parking

-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. 

  • Allow for unbundled parking for multi-unit residential development in the CBD.
  • Prohibit tenants of new multi-unit residential projects from participating in the Residential Parking Permit Program.


  • 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
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Eliminate the 250-unit provision ending the initial AUD Program trial period, which would extend the AUD Program to August 2021.
  • Consider local preference for inclusionary housing component of AUD Program development.


Map of Proposed Density Changes as listed above can be downloaded here.

For the Joint City Council/Planning Commission Report, video and minutes on these amendments click here.

The Power Points for each hearing can be found here:

November 14, 2019 PowerPoint

December 10, 2019 PowerPoint

For the Planning Commission action on October 10, and October 17, 2019, click here.

For a summary of the Public Workshops held on April 24, 2019, and July 17, 2019, visit our Workshops page here.

For questions, contact Jessica Metzger, AICP, at JMetzger@SantaBarbaraCA.Gov or (805) 564-5470 ext. 4582.


Last Updated: Feb 18, 2020
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