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What We Do

  • We develop public policies that reflect the community’s vision, manages the City’s growth within existing resources, and enhances our unique quality of life.
  • We manage the process of land use entitlement and environmental review, including stakeholder involvement, through all stages of development.
  • We assist the community in preserving and protecting the City’s natural beauty, character, heritage, and established architectural traditions.
  • We provide information on land use and zoning to the public and ensure that development complies with those regulations.

Latest News

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
On August 19, 2022, the City’s draft Housing Element was submitted to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review (HCD Review Draft).  The HCD Review Draft incorporates public comments received up to August 3…
August 23, 2022
On July 5, 2020, the draft 2023-2031 Housing Element was released for public review.  Written comments on the draft Housing Element will be accepted until August 3, 2022 at 
July 21, 2022
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
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
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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