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630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

General Questions:

Planning Counter
(805) 564-5476 Fax

Division Manager:

Allison DeBusk
City Planner
(805) 564-5509


Planning Division


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

On December 12, 2023, City Council adopted the 2023-2031 Housing Element with two edits. The Final adopted 2023-2031 Housing is posted for a seven-day review prior to submittal to the State Department of Housing and Community Development…
On November 16, 2023, the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) informed the City that the 2023-2031 Adoption Draft Housing Element meets the statutory requirements of State Housing Element Law and the Planning…
On October 20, 2023 the Adoption Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element was released for public review. On November 16, 2023 the Planning Commission will hold a hearing to review and consider the Adoption Draft and forward a recommendation to…
City staff have worked closely with HCD to respond and prepare the proposed Adoption Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element that complies with State Housing Element Law. Two versions of the document are posted for public review until October 30,…
The Planning Commission hearing date on the Revised Draft Housing Element has been changed from May 4 to June 1, 2023. On June 1, the Planning Commission will receive a presentation and public comment on the Revised Draft Housing Element,…
In August 2022, the City’s submitted the initial draft 2023-2031 Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review. In November 2022, HCD sent a response letter to the City with revisions…
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