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  • Department: Community Development
  • Phone: Administration (805) 564-5502; Building and Safety (805) 564-5485; Planning (805) 564-5470
  • Location: 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101
  • Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (Closed alternate Fridays)

Santa Barbara, California

The Community Development Department is responsible for planning, building and safety, housing and human services, records and archives and related administrative functions for the City of Santa Barbara. You can visit our website to find information about each of the divisions, ongoing projects, information about existing building permits, neighborhood information, historic resources, important planning projects and much more.

Announcements
City Council to Consider Requiring Story Poles for Certain Development Projects

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the City Council will consider a policy to require installation of story poles for development projects proposed under the Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) Incentive Program. The purpose of visual aids, including story poles, is to assist decision-makers, staff, applicants and the public in the project review process. The City’s current administrative practice is to require story poles for certain developments that require action by the Planning Commission or Staff Hearing Officer. Applicants of development projects that require action by the Architectural Board of Review, Historic Landmarks Commission or Single Family Design Board are required to install story poles only when specifically requested by the applicable design review body. On December 13, 2016, staff sought direction from the City Council on a proposed work program for items related to implementation of the AUD Incentive Program. As part of that discussion, the Council directed staff to return with a policy requiring installation of story poles for certain projects proposed under the AUD Incentive Program. As stakeholders in the Land Development Team process, the City encourages you to participate in this discussion. You are invited to attend this hearing and address your verbal comments to the City Council. Written comments are also welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, California 93102‑1990. On Thursday, February 9, 2017, an Agenda with all items to be heard on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, will be available at 735 Anacapa Street and at the Central Library. Agendas and Staff Reports are also accessible online at www.santabarbaraca.gov; under Most Popular, click on Council Agenda Packet. Regular meetings of the Council are broadcast live and rebroadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m. on City TV Channel 18. These meetings can also be viewed over the Internet at www.santabarbaraca.gov: Point to GOVERNMENT, point to City Hall and click on Mayor & City Council; click on City Council Meetings, City Council Meeting Videos and then click on the Video link associated with the meeting date.

City of Santa Barbara Council Agenda Packet
Welcome to the Santa Barbara City Community Development Department.

Thank you for visiting the Community Development Department page for the City of Santa Barbara on Houzz. The Community Development Department is responsible for planning, building and safety, housing and human services, records and archives and related administrative functions for the City of Santa Barbara. You can visit our website at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/CommunityDevelopment to learn more about each of the divisions, ongoing projects, information about existing building permits, neighborhood information, historic resources, important planning projects and much more. You can also easily subscribe to a City Newsletter (as many as you would like) for more information. Go to http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/portal/mysubs.asp and look through all of the newsletters The City provides, select the ones you find to be of interest and then subscribe with your email and answer to the security word at the bottom. If you are not sure which ones to choose, we recommend you start with the Land Development Team (LDT) Bulletin and the City News In Brief.

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