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Coastal Land Use Plan Update

About the Draft Coastal Land Use Plan

For the most part, the Draft 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 Draft Coastal LUP covers a variety of topics:

The Draft Coastal LUP was certified by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) on May 9, with suggested modifications. A Planning Commission recommendation and City Council approval of the suggested modifications is required prior to the Coastal LUP Amendment becoming effective. It is anticipated that the Planning Commission and City Council will consider the suggested modifications this summer. For more information on the May 9 hearing and the suggested modifications, click here.

Development of the Draft Coastal Land Use Plan

The City of Santa Barbara, in consultation with the California Coastal Commission, has developed a Draft 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 Draft 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 Draft Coastal Land Use Plan are available for purchase from Bill's Copy Shop for $26.06, including tax.

Latest News

The Coastal Land Use Plan was certified by the California Coastal Commission on May 9th, with suggested modifications. Planning Commission recommendation and City Council adoption is required prior to the Coastal Land Use Plan becoming effective. For information on the hearing and suggested modifications, click here.

Get Involved

To receive updates and notices, click here to create a MySB Quick Subscriptions Account. Scroll down to the Newsletters & Bulletins section and select Local Coastal Plan (LCP) Notifications.


Click here to learn how to sign Up for Notifications

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: May 10, 2019
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