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Coastal Land Use Plan Update

About the Updated Coastal Land Use Plan

For the most part, the updated Coastal LUP carries forward policies that already exist in other City planning documents and regulations. New policies document the criteria and interpretations being used today for the review and approval of Coastal Development Permits, clarify development standards for traditionally complicated topics such as development near coastal bluffs and creeks, and address emerging issues for the City.

The updated Coastal LUP covers a variety of topics:

In August 2019, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) certified the City's updated Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) and the Notice of Certification was filed with the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, making the updated Coastal LUP effective. All projects within the Coastal Zone (i.e., having an overlay zone designation SD-3) that require a coastal development permit must be consistent with the updated Coastal LUP, including projects that are in process and have not received a coastal development permit approval. The updated Coastal LUP does not include changes to the Zoning Ordinance and all projects in the Coastal Zone will continue to be regulated by Title 28 Coastal Zoning Ordinance.

For more information on the CCC's certification of the updated Coastal LUP and past hearing schedule, click here.

Development of the Updated Coastal Land Use Plan

The City of Santa Barbara, in consultation with the California Coastal Commission, has developed an updated Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) to replace the City’s existing 1981 Coastal LUP (as amended). See the Public Meetings page for a full list of the public hearings conducted in preparation of the Coastal LUP.

The materials related to adoption of the Coastal LUP, including the General Plan Map Amendment and LCP Amendment, can be viewed at:

Printed copies of the 1981 Local Coastal Plan, the updated Coastal LUP, and related land use maps can be viewed at:

  • The Santa Barbara Central Library
    40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • City of Santa Barbara Planning Division
    630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • City of Santa Barbara City Clerk’s Office
    735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • California Coastal Commission South Central Coast Office
    89 S. California Street, #200, Ventura, CA

Printed copies of the updated Coastal Land Use Plan are available for purchase from Bill's Copy Shop for $26.06, including tax.

Latest News

On August 9, 2019, the CCC finalized certification of the updated Coastal LUP.

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Last Updated: Aug 26, 2019
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