AUD Program Workshop for Next Week

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City’s Average Unit-Size Density Incentive Program (AUD Program) was adopted by City Council in July 2013, to provide for new residential rental housing. The AUD Program allows different densities based on average size: the smaller the average size, the greater the number of units allowed. Additionally, the program provides reductions in development standard related to parking, setbacks, and open space to further incentivize construction of housing.

The City Council initiated various zoning amendments to adjust the AUD Program. A Public Workshop will be held on April 24th and will include a staff presentation and public consideration of:

  • Allowing increased residential density and other development incentives in downtown.
  • Revising boundaries of the Medium High Density, High Density, and Priority Housing Overlay land use designations citywide.
  • Reviewing additional changes to AUD Program parking requirements.


The Public Workshop will also include break-out groups to get public feedback.

Public Workshop
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 P.M.
Faulkner Gallery
Santa Barbara Public Library
40 East Anapamu Street

This effort is being conducted by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. Additional information and background material can be found at

Contact: Jessica Metzger, AICP
Phone: (805) 564-5470 ext. 4582
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a-1590924220 Apr 19, 2019 07:31 AM
AUD Program Workshop for Next Week

I check out Zillow regularly and it seems that these large AUD projects that are market rate do not get filled quickly. There are vacancies galore at these new large complexes. Perhaps that’s not what the rental market wants? The AUD projects for low income and seniors are filled quickly, and are managed well. My observation: The Marc and another recent one at Micheltorena St and Castillo St seems to be having trouble filling their vacancies even though they are around the same price as some stand-alone and older houses/apts for rent.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 19, 2019 07:47 AM
AUD Program Workshop for Next Week

What you're seeing are the developers missing the mark. SB skews poor. But the macro view demographics show it as wealthy, or at least very well off... This is why we get all sorts of high end national chains and upscale restaurants that come here and inevitably fail. Developers and location scouts are looking at the big picture and thus fail to see that the majority of SB's population are 1) Unemployed / underemployed 2) Students 3) Low income 4) On fixed income 5) Reliant on help from family or the gov. These are people who create a large portion of our service industry and population. So you see very expensive housing, retail and restaurants that cannot find their target customer base because it simply does not exist in any meaningful numbers. What this tells us is that SB does not have the industry or the jobs to support the cost of living and of doing business. We have to import our workers and our cash. This is the failure of our local government and leadership who have hitched their wagon to the low wage, low income tourist trade rather than foster small business and high earning industry. They've literally traded a bright future for a quick fix and you're seeing the results. Its simply too expensive to build here when you look at the actual financials of the population( *$600+ a sq ft just for the construction). Now there are plenty of people in the world who will spend a few million on a nice house, with a view or land but very few willing to pony up $30-100k a year for more for a smaller than average apartment or condo in a less than ideal location. And that is why you see these expensive apartments and condos sitting empty. The developers and the city have totally missed the mark...

a-1590924220 Apr 18, 2019 10:17 AM
AUD Program Workshop for Next Week

Planners, you need a new paradigm. Fix the problems that we already have. D'oh! You are creating more problems than you solve. Answer this: how is building more housing solving OUR current issues? Inviting a larger population to whittle away at our non-existent future expanded water supply. Adding units that in many cases will be second homes occupied part time by non residents. Conduct a study showing how theMark created the kind of housing that was intended or not. How will the revised policies fix that?The cities of California are being blackmailed by the state and its utterly inept leadership. We the people are being abused by the elected and appointed officials responsible for policy. At what point have we had enough? When it's too late and staring us in our blank faces as we wonder what happened. Lower State is a perfect example. We all are aware there is a huge and growing problem on lower State and surroundings that apparently can't be solved by $200K per year bureaucrats. The council, planning commission, Planning department, and city administrator need to own it. Apologize for grossly failing, ask forgiveness, then fix it or get out of the way.

PitMix Apr 17, 2019 10:34 AM
AUD Program Workshop for Next Week

Crazy to not provide at least one parking space per bedroom of the new units. That would ensure that only the other car or cars associated with that bedroom have to join the street parking. This program has not provided any low income housing that I know of- why is it still in existence?

Factotum Apr 17, 2019 11:55 AM
AUD Program Workshop for Next Week

City already has far too much "low-income" subsidized and price-fixed housing. Time to rebalance the economic mix of this city if it is to survive and pay its bills. Too many people coming and too few people leaving this city. How do you fix that factor in the city's low vacancy rate?

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