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Coastal Land Use Plan Update

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).

The Public Review Draft Coastal LUP was released on November 11, 2017 and included a 60-day public review period that ended on January 11, 2018. Most of the written comments received by that date were addressed through policy clarifications and modifications incorporated into the March 2018 Planning Commission Review Draft Coastal LUP (see below for comment letters).

On March 1, 2018 the Planning Commission reviewed the Draft Coastal LUP and recommended that it be forwarded, with, with list of amendments, to City Council for adoption. Prior to the scheduled City Council hearing, staff determined that mailed noticing was not fully completed in compliance with the California Code of Regulations; therefore, the hearing was postponed and the item is now returning to the Planning Commission for a recommendation to City Council (see below for comment letters after March 1, 2018).

On June 21, 2018 the Planning Commission recommended to City Council:

  • A General Plan Map Amendment to remove the land use designations on the adopted General Plan Map in the Coastal Zone and title the modified map as "General Plan Map for Inland Areas"; and
  • A LCP Amendment to: 1) repeal the existing 1981 LCP Land Use Plan (Local Coastal Plan as amended) in its entirety and approve a new LCP Land Use Plan entitled "Coastal Land Use Plan" and 2) repeal the certified LCP Land Use Plan Maps and approve a new LCP Land Use Map, which includes various land use designation changes.

The City Council hearing is scheduled for August 7, 2018. The General Plan Map Amendment and Local Coastal Program Amendment is the first item on the Administrative Agenda (after Public Comment and Consent Calendar) and will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.

You are invited to attend this hearing and address your verbal comments to the City Council. Written comments are welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102 1990. Comments may also be e-mailed to the Mayor and City Council via this link. Please ensure that Sarah Gorman, City Clerk Services Manager (, is cc'd on all comments submitted via e-mail, and consider submitting written comments well in advance of the Council hearing, to allow adequate time for review.

The materials related to the General Plan Map Amendment and LCP Amendment can be viewed at:

Printed copies of the 1981 Local Coastal Plan, the June 26 2018 Review 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.

After adoption by City Council, the plan will be forwarded to the California Coastal Commission for review and certification.

About The Draft Coastal Land Use Plan

The City’s existing Coastal Land Use Plan (originally adopted in 1981) includes the kind, location, density and intensity of land uses within the Coastal Zone and policies to protect coastal access and coastal resources. Development in the Coastal Zone is reviewed for compliance with the City’s Local Coastal Program, including the Coastal Land Use Plan.

Over the past four years, the City of Santa Barbara has consulted extensively with the California Coastal Commission staff to develop a Draft Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) that aligns with the California Coastal Act and the local priorities of the City. The Draft Coastal LUP modernizes the existing 1981 Coastal LUP, building upon the 2011 General Plan to implement standards that clarify the coastal development review process.

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:

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A City Council Public Hearing on the June 26, 2018 Draft Coastal LUP is scheduled for August 7, 2018.

For more information, please visit our Public Meetings page.

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Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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