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State Street Master Plan Downtown Principles
Upcoming State Street Advisory Committee Hearing – August 15
On August 15, 2022, the City's consulting firm (MIG, Inc) will lead a discussion with the …
August 12, 2022
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Housing Crisis Resources
If a community member is having a housing crisis, they can contact Rental Housing Mediation Program staff or visit the 
August 9, 2022
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Upcoming State Street Master Plan Contract Council Hearing
On July 26, 2022 City Council will hold a hearing to receive an update on the work of the…
July 21, 2022
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1920's Small House Movement Presentation at Historic Landmarks Commission
On August 3rd 2022, at 1:40 p.m., Valerie Smith, a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University will present her graduate thesis to the Historic Landmarks Commission, on the…
July 18, 2022
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Eastside Regional Action Plan Meeting – July 15
Join a virtual Regional Action Plan meeting on July 15, from 10-11am, hosted by the Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation, which brings together area stakeholders and City staff to discuss homelessness and develop…
July 12, 2022
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Upcoming Draft Housing Element Hearing
On July 5, 2020, the draft 2023-2031 Housing Element was released for public review.  On July 14, 2022 the Planning Commission will hold a hearing to receive an overview of the draft Housing Element, take public comment, and provide…
July 7, 2022
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Public Draft Housing Element for Review
The City’s Draft 2023 Housing Element is available for review and comment from July 5 to August 3, 2022.  The Draft 2023 Housing Element contains goals, policies, and programs to create new housing opportunities, preserve and improve…
July 5, 2022
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The New City Website is Live!
The City of Santa Barbara launched a new website today. Now you can look forward to a more user-friendly experience, including streamlined access to digital tools, improvements to the mobile experience, and resources for all construction…
June 28, 2022
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Downtown / Waterfront Regional Action Plan Meeting – July 6
Join a virtual Regional Action Plan meeting on July 6, from 3-4pm, hosted by the Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation, which brings together area stakeholders and City staff to discuss homelessness and develop collaborative…
June 22, 2022
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Eastside Regional Action Plan Meeting – July 1
Join a virtual Regional Action Plan meeting on July 1, from 10-11am, hosted by the Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation, which brings together area stakeholders and City staff to discuss homelessness and develop…
June 22, 2022
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Draft Santa Barbara African American and Black Historic Context Statement Released
The City of Santa Barbara, through a grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation, has developed a Draft Santa Barbara African American and Black Historic Context Statement that explores the themes, events, people, and places…
June 19, 2022
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South Coast Housing Workshop
Local Housing Elements Come learn about the Housing Element process, regional needs, and local challenges. You will have the opportunity to discuss solutions to South Coast housing challenges with local representatives. This event will…
June 17, 2022
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City Launches Online Workshop for the Housing Element Update
The City of Santa Barbara’s Housing Element Update is underway and community involvement is encouraged. The City’s 2023 Housing Element will include goals and actions to create new housing opportunities, prioritize affordable housing,…
June 8, 2022
Water System
Proposed Changes to Capacity Charges
Capacity charges are one-time fees imposed for new or expanded water and wastewater connections to reimburse existing customers for the investments they have made in the assets of the respective systems. The City last completed a capacity…
May 24, 2022
Shoreline Park and Neighborhood Beyond
Housing Element & Climate Action Plan Update Program EIR
The City of Santa Barbara will be the Lead Agency and will prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Housing Element and Climate Action Plan Updates. The Notice of Preparation began a 30-day public comment period on the…
May 19, 2022
West Beach Neighborhood
Housing Element Update
Community Development Long Range Planning staff is starting the process to update the 2015 Housing Element for the City of Santa…
May 19, 2022
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Virtual Appointment Update
Virtual counter services remain available Monday to Thursday and alternate Fridays from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. New Feature! Choose a specific topic to match your questions with the most appropriate staff; 24-hour advanced…
May 19, 2022
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New Counter Hours
In-person counter services have resumed at 630 Garden Street for walk-in customers during modified hours. No appointment required. Walk-ins welcome Monday - Thursday, between 8:30 a.m. and…
May 19, 2022
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Santa Barbara Receives Proposals for State Street Master Plan
Eight firms submitted proposals to the City for the State Street Master Plan project by close of the request for proposals response period on March 24. Staff will analyze the responses to determine the most appropriate proposal that…
April 18, 2022
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