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The Santa Barbara General Plan

Adopted General Plan Cover

California State Government Code §65300, requires that every city adopt a General Plan, sometimes referred to as a City’s blueprint for growth and development. Santa Barbara’s General Plan originally adopted in 1964 is comprised of eight elements, seven of which are mandated by state law.

In December 2011, the City Council adopted the Plan Santa Barbara General Plan update. This process resulted in a new General Plan Introductory Framework, comprehensively updated Land Use and Housing Elements, and a new set of goals and policies for the remaining elements. The 2011 General Plan update reorganizes the elements, consistent with the Introductory Framework for Sustainability (and state law), and compiles the six previous volumes into one document.

General Plan Elements

*Mandated by state law

Complete General Plan

  • Click Here to view the complete General Plan document

General Plan Appendices

Complete General Plan Appendices

  • Click Here to view the complete Appendices Document of Appendix A - L

Certified Final Program Environmental Impact Report

The following includes the Certified Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Plan Santa Barbara General Plan Update and Addenda.

Certified Final Program EIR

Certified Final Program EIR Addenda

Current General Plan Projects

Over the next few years the City will be carrying out many of the goals and policies of the 2011 General Plan Update through various implementation programs. To see current Long Range programs, ordinances, or other element updates being developed as part of the General Plan Update click on City of Santa Barbara - Major Planning Efforts in Santa Barbara.

For more information on the General Plan or the implementation efforts contact Dan Gullett in the City Planning Division by email ( or telephone (805) 564-5470, ext. 2569.

Local Coastal Program

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2018
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