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Rosie Dyste
Project Planner
(805) 564-5470 x4599
HEU@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

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Housing Element Update

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The Housing Element of the City’s General Plan identifies Santa Barbara’s housing needs and establishes goals, policies, and actions to further the City’s commitment to the production of affordable housing and sound community planning. The Housing Element is updated every eight years and is currently being updated to address the 2023 to 2031 planning period.  

The Public Review Draft of the 2023 – 2031 Housing Element was released on July 5, 2022 for a 30-day review period. Comments are welcome by August 3, 2022 to HEU@SantaBarbaraCA.govPublic comments received to date can be viewed under the Meetings heading below. After the public comment period, the draft will be revised and sent to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review. The revised draft will be posted to this site when available.

Environmental review for the Housing Element is underway with a Housing Element and Climate Action Plan Program EIR. Click here for more information

Annual reports on the progress of the 2015 – 2022 Housing Element are provided to City Council and HCD. To view the most recent Housing Element Annual Progress Report, click here.

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Timeline

1
Project Initiation (March 2022)

City Council initiated the project at the March 29 hearing.

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Public Review Draft Housing Element (July 2022)

The Draft Housing Element Update will be released for public review in July 2022. Staff will also complete public outreach to the community during this time.

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Planning Commission Review (July 2022)

The Draft Housing Element Update will be presented to Planning Commission.

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Submit Draft Housing Element Update to HCD (August 2022)

The City will formally submit the draft Housing Element Update to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

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HCD Responds to the Draft Housing Element Update (October 2022)

HCD will send a letter of comments and suggested changes to be made to the Draft Housing Element Update based on their review.

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Final Housing Element Update Present to Planning Commission (January 2023)

Staff will present the Final Housing Element Update to the Planning Commission in January of 2023. 

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Final Housing Element Update Present to City Council (February 2023)

Staff will present the Final Housing Element Update to City Council for adoption. The Final Housing Element Update will then be forwarded to the State Housing and Community Development Department for certification.

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