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.
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: