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Help Design State Street! On Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th, the City will host workshops at 821 State Street…
State Street News
November 28, 2022
Share Your Thoughts about State Street and Help “Create State!” We want to hear from you, your family, and your friends! The City of Santa Barbara is seeking your input to re-envision Downtown, from the 101 freeway to Sola Street and…
State Street News
November 22, 2022
Recent changes in State law require the City to update the Zoning Ordinances for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The changes include an increase to the maximum building height limit and a number of technical changes intended to make ADUs…
November 22, 2022
On November 16th, we celebrate Pearl Chase’s birthday.  As a little belated birthday celebration, we are featuring her Four Square style house constructed in 1904 that was lovingly restored in 2016 by the current owners (see below). The…
November 17, 2022
End of Year Closure As part of the City’s annual Holiday closure, most City Land Development Team offices and operations will close beginning Thursday, December 22, 2022, and will resume business on Tuesday, January 3,…
November 9, 2022
On November 3rd and 4th, the City will hold bilingual community open house events at 1230A State Street to talk about the long-term vision for State Street and the…
October 31, 2022
On November 3rd and 4th, the City will hold informal bilingual community open house events at 1230A State Street to gather feedback on the long-term vision for State Street…
State Street News
October 31, 2022
On October 27, 2022, the City and the MIG consulting team will lead a discussion with the …
October 25, 2022
Every three years, the State of California amends and adopts updates to the International Construction Codes. The City in turn adopts the State’s updates and any local amendments by ordinance. These then become the governing construction…
October 10, 2022
On Friday, October 14, 2022, the Historic Landmarks Commission and Planning Commission will hold a joint special meeting to receive a presentation on…
October 7, 2022
On Friday, October 14, 2022, the Historic Landmarks Commission and Planning Commission will hold a joint special meeting to receive a presentation on…
State Street News
October 7, 2022
To encourage more housing in Santa Barbara and respond to changes in State Law, new design standards are being created for multi-unit housing to make the design review process more predictable and easier to understand while meeting the…
October 3, 2022
The Fall 2022 Advisory Group recruitment period is open! The City is seeking individuals to fill vacancies on our Community Development Advisory Boards including the: - Architectural Board of Review - Building and Fire Code Board of…
October 3, 2022
At the September 27th, 2022 City Council hearing, Council will provide direction on a future short-term rental permitting program and consider directing staff to draft a short-term rental permitting ordinance for review by the Planning…
September 21, 2022
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the City of Santa Barbara will hold a needs assessment Public Hearing in preparation for development of its 2023-2024 Annual Action Plan. During the hearing the City will also review its performance of program…
September 20, 2022
Upcoming Lecture: Wednesday, October 19th at 5:30PM in the MLK Room at the East Side Library Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, of Healing Justice Santa Barbara and Nicole Hernandez, Architectural Historian will lead a discussion…
September 13, 2022
Do you ever wonder how the City of Santa Barbara helps preserve Santa Barbara’s rich architectural history? In 2021, The Santa Barbara City Council amended the Historic Resource Ordinance and adopted updated Historic Resource Design…
September 13, 2022
The City of Santa Barbara is seeking public comment on the 2021-2022 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER evaluates the City’s performance on the 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan (AAP), which listed…
September 12, 2022
The City of Santa Barbara’s Building & Safety Division is seeking your input with the Triennial Construction Code Adoption process.  Every three years, the State amends and adopts updates to the International Construction Codes. The…
August 24, 2022
Earlier this month, the City’s Architectural Historian, Nicole Hernandez, MFA, and former Historic Landmarks Commissioner, William T. Mahan, FAIA, were presented the John Pitman Memorial Award by The Santa Barbara Conservancy for their…
August 23, 2022
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