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  • Accessory Dwelling Units (formerly Secondary Dwelling Units)
    In response to state legislation, the City is amending development regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units.
  • Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) Program
    The AUD Program Ordinance carries out a key implementation action of the City’s 2011 General Plan. The intent of the Program is to provide needed residential development, particularly rental units, in the community near transit and within easy walking and biking distance to commercial services and parks.
  • General Plan Implementation and Adaptive Management Program (AMP) Reports
    Since 2013, annual General Plan Implementation and Adaptive Management Program (AMP) Reports have been prepared to report on General Plan implementation and provide an opportunity through adaptive management for timely policy implementation action adjustments.
  • Housing Element Implementation
    The 2015 Housing Element Update was unanimously adopted by the Santa Barbara City Council on February 10, 2015.
  • La Cumbre Plaza Planning Effort
    The City is considering options to guide the future redevelopment of La Cumbre Plaza. No formal action or development proposal is under consideration at this point.
  • Local Coastal Program (LCP) Update
    The City’s Local Coastal Program, comprised of the Land Use Plan (LUP) and the Implementation Plan (IP), is being updated to address new and emerging issues. This planning effort is funded by a grant from the California Coastal Commission and public involvement is encouraged.
  • Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan
    Since 2018, the City has been developing a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan that identifies areas of the City vulnerable to sea-level rise and recommends potential actions that the City could take to adapt over time. The overall process for the Adaptation Plan includes public outreach and input from a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee and City Staff Interdepartmental Sea-Level Rise Team.
  • Parcel Information Lookup
    Use this page to lookup information on a specific parcel by entering the address or the parcel number. You will find records of issued and open permits.
  • Objective Design Standards for Streamlined Housing Projects
    In response to California’s 2017 Housing Package legislation, the City is proposing to amend Municipal Code regulations and create objective aesthetic design standards for residential multi-unit projects.
  • Amendments to the Historic Resources Ordinance
    The City is currently pursuing amendments to the existing Historic Resources Ordinance to ensure the continued protection, preservation, and enhancement of historical, architectural, and archaeological resources. Proposed amendments are intended to update the Ordinance with language consistent with the State and National historic preservation standards, streamline the review process, and outline a process for designating historic districts.
Last Updated: Dec 3, 2014
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