On July 30, 2013, the City Council approved the Program Ordinance. This Program facilitates the creation of multi-unit housing and 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 Program has an initial duration of eight years or until 250 new units under the Program have been constructed in the
In 2017 the City Council directed staff to initiate certain ordinance amendments to Title 30 of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code regarding the Program. In 2019 the Program was evaluated and based on, staff recommendations, public input, and Planning Commission recommendations amendments to the program are being processed. 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. A list of all amendments can be found here.
As of May 29, 2020, the following residential units are pending, or have been approved or constructed under the Program.
|Pending Units1||Approved Units||Building Permit Issued Units||Completed Units2|
|Medium-High Density Area3||18||80||24||92|
|High Density/Priority Overlay||113||222||131||185|
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.
Click the double arrow on the upper left part of the map to view the legend.
Please click the links below to view the Program Cases by update status date.Program Cases - February