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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 2018, City Council adopted the updated Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP), and in May 2019, the CCC certified the updated Coastal LUP with suggested modifications. The updated Coastal LUP will not be effective until the City Council agrees to the CCC's suggested modifications to the updated Coastal LUP, the CCC determines at its next public meeting that the City's action to accept the suggested modifications is legally adequate to satisfy the CCC's certification order, and notice of certification is filed with the Secretary of the Resources Agency.

For more information on the CCC's certification of the updated Coastal LUP and upcoming hearing schedule for consideration of the suggested modifications, click here.

Once the updated Coastal LUP becomes effective, all Coastal Development Permits approved after that day must be consistent with the updated Coastal LUP.

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

City Council will consider the CCC's suggested modifications to the updated Coastal LUP on July 16, 2019. For information on the CCC's suggested modifications and the upcoming hearing schedule, click here.

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To provide comments, questions, or concerns please email staff at LCPUpdate@SantaBarabraCA.gov

For More Information

Email us at LCPUpdate@santabarbaraca.gov

Call the City of Santa Barbara Planning Division at (805) 564-5470

Visit the Planning Division Counter at 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019
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