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Santa Barbara County releases proposed zoning map to meet future housing needs

Santa Barbara County
Posted at 1:46 PM, Nov 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-09 16:46:33-05

The County of Santa Barbara’s Planning and Development Department recently released an interactive map showing areas that are under consideration for rezoning as part of the county’s housing element update.

Viewers will be able to see the different areas of the county where sites may be rezoned and can type in their address to see potential rezones and currently proposed housing projects in the community.

The county is required by state law to update its housing element —also referred to as a housing plan — every eight years. The housing plan must show that the county has adequate land available to meet its housing needs for all populations, including unhoused populations, persons with disabilities, and senior populations.

The county must ensure that at least 5,664 new housing units can be accommodated in the unincorporated areas, with 4,142 of those units located in the South Coast region and 1,522 units located in North County.

In some cases, the type of development that currently is allowed on properties may change.

The county is considering zoning changes to allow residential instead of commercial uses on certain properties and allowing both commercial and residential uses in commercial

The proposed rezone map includes 45 sites on 59 parcels of land, about 0.04% of the county’s 132,901 total parcels.

The map shows more potential rezones than are needed to meet the state’s housing requirements and will provide county decision-makers flexibility in determining the sites to be rezoned.

The public is encouraged to provide input on the potential rezones by attending either of the upcoming housing element workshops. During these in-person/virtual workshops, the
public will learn about the process to update the housing element, the work completed to date, and important information related to regional housing needs within the unincorporated
areas of the county.

The workshops will also include a facilitated discussion to share ideas about opportunities that inform policies and strategies related to housing.

All are welcome to attend the public workshops either in person or remotely through Zoom.

Spanish language interpretation will be available both in-person and on Zoom.

The workshops will be on the following dates:

  • North County housing element workshop
  • When: Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Santa Barbara County Board Hearing Room, Betteravia Center

Click here for registration.

  • 511 Lakeside Pkwy Santa Maria, CA 93455
  • South Coast Housing Element Workshop
  • When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Hearing Room
  • 123 E Anapamu St. Santa Barbara, CA 9310

Click here for registration.