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 Sheets 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.
Provide Input on the Draft Objective Design and Development Standards
The Public Review Draft, Draft ODDS Zone Map, and Draft ODDS Architectural Styles Map were released on June 26, 2023. On July 6, 2023, the Planning Commission received an overview of the June 2023 Public Review Draft. Please send your thoughts on the Public Review Draft, Zone Map, and Architectural Styles Map to SBDS@SantaBarbaraCA.gov. Staff will consider your input and return to the Planning Commission in spring 2024 for a recommendation to City Council.
The Draft Zones Map is described in further detail below. The Draft Architectural Styles Map shows areas of the City that would be limited to Mediterranean, Craftsman, or Contemporary architectural style groups. Please view the Architectural Style Fact Sheet for more information.