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Senate Bill 9 Implementation

Senate Bill 9 was signed by Governor Newsom on September 16, 2021 and becomes effective January 1, 2022. This bill would require a proposed housing development containing two residential units within a single-family residential zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary review or hearing, if the proposed housing development meets certain requirements. Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) also requires a local agency to ministerially approve an urban lot split in a single-family residential zone if it meets certain requirements, including a minimum lot size of 1,200 square feet. In both cases, the City may apply objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards.

The City is proposing amendments to the Municipal Code to implement SB 9. Please check this page often for updates on upcoming public hearings and links to documents for public review and comment.

City Council Meeting - December 7, 2021

On December 7th, the City Council will review proposed Municipal Code amendments to implement Senate Bill 9 and consider staff's recommendation to adopt an Urgency Ordinance on December 14th to allow the local regulations to become effective on January 1, 2022.

On December 2nd, the meeting agenda, staff report, and related materials will be posted on the City Council web page.

Council Ordinance Committee Meeting - November 16, 2021

The City Council Ordinance Committee discussed proposed amendments to Municipal Code Titles 27 (Subdivisions), Title 28 (Coastal Zoning Ordinance), and Title 30 (Inland Zoning Ordinance) to implement SB 9, and forwarded a recommendation to City Council. The Committee included staff's recommendation to prohibit SB 9 projects in the Foothill and Extreme Foothill High Fire Hazard Areas, and agreed with the Planning Commission that Title 30 should be revised to require one of the primary units to be restricted to rents affordable to Moderate income households.

The mailed notice for the associated Local Coastal Program Amendment can be viewed here.

Planning Commission Hearing - October 28, 2021

The Planning Commission held a special meeting on October 28, 2021 to consider proposed amendments to Title 28 (Coastal Zoning Ordinance) and Title 30 (Inland Zoning Ordinance) to implement SB 9 and adopt additional local objective zoning and design standards.

After receiving public comment and discussing the proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments, the Planning Commission was not able to find the proposed amendments consistent with the General Plan. The Commission recommended that City Council consider excluding high fire hazard areas and that Title 30 be revised to require one of the primary units to be restricted to rents affordable to Moderate income households.

The Planning Commission's finished agenda and meeting minutes can be found on the Planning Commission web page.

The staff PowerPoint presentation to the Planning Commission can be viewed here. 

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Check back here often for updates on this work effort.

Resources

Senate Bill 9 Eligibility Single Unit Zoning Map

Coming Soon - Application forms for Two-Unit Residential Development and Urban Lot Splits

More resources can be viewed here.

Project Contact

For More Information,
contact Brenda Beltz
at SB9@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2021
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