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Average Unit-Size Density Incentive Program

On July 30, 2013, the City Council approved the Average Unit-size Density (AUD) Incentive Program Ordinance. The AUD Incentive Program Ordinance carries out a key implementation action of the City’s 2011 General Plan. The intent of the Program is to support the construction of smaller, more affordable residential units near transit and within easy walking and biking distance to commercial services and parks. Increased densities and development standard incentives are allowed in most multi-family and commercial zones of the City to promote additional housing. Rental, employer-sponsored, and limited equity housing cooperative units that provide housing opportunities to the City’s workforce are especially encouraged.

The AUD Incentive Program has an initial duration of eight years or until 250 new units under the Program have been constructed in the High Density Residential or Priority Housing Overlay areas, whichever occurs first. Any application for new units that is deemed complete prior to the expiration of the Program may continue to be processed under the AUD Incentive Program.

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 here.


As of January 8, 2019, the following residential units are pending, or have been approved or constructed under the AUD Incentive Program.

Residential units that are pending, or have been approved or constructed under the AUD Incentive Program.

Pending Units1 Approved Units Building Permit Issued Units Completed Units2
Medium-High Density Area3 42 65 59 35
High Density/Priority Overlay 209 257 55 151

1Includes all pending projects that have an application with the Planning Division. Some projects may not have been deemed complete.
2Projects that have received a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.
3Units located in the Medium-High Density Area are shown for informational purposes only.

AUD Incentive Program Projects as of January 8, 2019


Click the double arrow on the upper left part of the map to view the legend.

Please click the links below to view the AUD Incentive Program Cases by Month.

AUD Incentive Program Cases - Jan 8 2019 - *NEW*
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Nov 22 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Oct 3 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Sept 6 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - July 10 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - June 6 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - May 9 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - April 4 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - March 6 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - February 4 2018
AUD Incentive Program Cases - December 1 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - November 1 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - October 1 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - September 1 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - August 1 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - July 3 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - June 6 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - May 8 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - April 1 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Feb 28 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Feb 2 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Jan 3 2017
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Dec 1 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Nov 1 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Oct 5 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Aug 31 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - Aug 1 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - June 30 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - June 6 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - May 2016
AUD Incentive Program Cases - April 2016

Related documents to view:

AUD Incentive Program Ordinance
AUD Incentive Program Map
AUD Incentive Program Calculator
AUD Incentive Program Common Questions

As of March 15, 2016, the following residential units are pending, or have been approved or constructed under the 

Other Information:

AUD Incentive Program Ordinance Amendments

Guidelines:

Design Guidelines for AUD Projects

Design Review:

Supplemental Submittal Materials to assist in the presentation of proposed project

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019
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