Design Standards


To encourage more housing in Santa Barbara and respond to changes in State Law, the City is proposing new Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS) for projects of two or more units.  Please view the Fact Sheet under the "Documents" heading and the Project Overview video below to learn why objective design standards are being proposed, what makes a standard objective, where will this program apply, and how to join the conversation.   

Public comments on the the Admin Draft of the Objective Design and Development Standards were accepted from October 7, 2022 to January 2, 2023. Public comment letters can be viewed below. Staff is reviewing the comments and will be preparing responses and working with Opticos Design to revise the Admin Draft for further review in early 2023.  

A Visual Preferences Survey was available through December 2022.  Please view the survey summary report under the "Documents" heading. 


ODDS Admin Draft Zone Map

This map was created by City staff to provide a searchable version of the Admin Draft ODDS Zone Map posted above.  The "zones" are based on the intended physical form and character of the environments described in the ODDS. They range in function and intensity from primarily residential areas (Neighborhood Small) to moderate-intensity centers (Main Street Medium) to higher intensity neighborhoods (Neighborhood Large) and the highest intensity center (Main Street Large). 

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Project Overview


Kick Off

July 2021 (Summer)

Work Group Meetings

Sept and Nov 2021 (Fall)

Existing Conditions Memo

Jan 2022 (Winter)

Continued Work Group Meetings

October to December 2022

Admin Draft Objective Design Standards Released

Oct 2022

Decision Maker Hearings

Spring – Summer 2023


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Frequently Asked Questions

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