Senate Bill 9 Implementation Underway
Source: City of Santa Barbara
Senate Bill 9 was signed by Governor Newsom on September 16, 2021 and becomes effective January 1, 2022. This bill would require a proposed housing development containing no more than two residential units within a single-family residential zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary review or hearing, if the proposed housing development meets certain requirements. Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) also requires a local agency to ministerially approve an urban lot split in a single-family residential zone if it meets certain requirements, including a minimum lot size of 1,200 square feet. In both cases, the City may apply objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards.
The City is proposing amendments to the Municipal Code to implement SB 9. Please check this page often for updates on upcoming public hearings and links to documents for public review and comment.
Planning Commission Hearing - October 28, 2021
The Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on October 28, 2021 to consider proposed amendments to Title 28 (Coastal Zoning Ordinance) and Title 30 (Inland Zoning Ordinance) to implement SB 9 and adopt additional local objective zoning and design standards. After receiving public comment and discussing the proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments, the Planning Commission will forward a recommendation to the City Council.
The meeting agenda, with instructions on how to join the meeting electronically, and the staff report will be posted on the Planning Commission web page on Thursday, October 21, 2021.
For More Information, contact Brenda Beltz at SB9@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.