City's Land Development Team Seeks Feedback

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The City's Land Development Team is seeking input following changes to the development review process. We are launching a Land Development Customer Experience Survey to get feedback on this past year's changes and to request additional input on ways to continue to improve and expand our services. This survey is for both our "frequent flyer" customers as well as infrequent or one-time permit seekers.


This survey is for people who have done business with the City of Santa Barbara land development process at least once since July 2020 (in the past 14 months or so), when some changes to the process were made. Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability based on your own experience and opinion. There are no right or wrong answers and your responses are confidential. Instructions for submitting any additional comments you may have can be found at the end of the survey. Thank you!

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JoeG Sep 21, 2021 12:20 PM
City's Land Development Team Seeks Feedback

The “progressives” are killing the goose that lays golden eggs. Sad to see the haters win. They ruin everything they touch. Established neighborhoods are just the latest victim of the destructive “progressive” mindset.

sacjon Sep 24, 2021 09:03 AM
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JOEG - it's not "changing the subject," it's responding directly to your claim that "progressives accuse others for exactly what you are guilty of." I gave an example of how that statement is also applicable to conservatives. By the way, I'm not "a progressive," but I do like progress, learning from history and not being selfish.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 24, 2021 07:47 AM
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Aww, you poor thing JoeG. So sorry your life sucks. However, I do agree with you . Your life is profoundly miserable because all those "progressives" forced you to make really bad life choices...

JoeG Sep 23, 2021 07:39 PM
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We’re talking about SB9 and how it will ruin neighborhoods. Again, classic progressive tactic to change the subject. Progressives are ruining our state/country.

Byzantium Sep 21, 2021 12:14 PM
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Santa Barbara voters back in the 1970's conducted an advisory vote election, which stated they did not want this town to grow to more than an 80,000 population. Planning documents and development policy reflected this advisory sentiment. No law was enacted to limit population; but a clear majority of voters stated their wishes. Slow growth was the will of the people. And remains so even today. Ventura offers the same weather and ocean location,, but does allow a lot more growth, density and building height. If this is what you want, then there are options out there, so there no reason to turn Santa Barbara into Ventura County.

JoeG Sep 21, 2021 01:00 PM
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Newsom (right after he survived the recall) obliterated density zoning restrictions. The “progressive” fools can now QUADRUPLE development on a single-family-dwelling lot. And the city can do nothing to stop it.

PitMix Sep 21, 2021 10:14 AM
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Got a 2 story ADU going in our mostly single story neighborhood. Neighbors were not informed, especially adjacent neighbors. Upstairs unit is allowed big windows so that adjacent neighbors do not have privacy. New unit is bigger than original house. Plans are not available for review and there doesn't seem to be an appeal process. No additional parking required for double the number of people.

Coming soon to your neighborhood.

Byzantium Sep 21, 2021 06:04 PM
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Both abstained on this, they did not vote no. That would be too principled. They tried to have it both ways - keep the local voters happy with an abstention, and not alienate their party bosses by going against their "progressive" policies, but only after enough votes for passage were secured elsewhere. Keeping Democrats in safe seats with feinted abstentions mattered more to party bosses, than absolute loyalty to the party agenda once they knew they had enough votes for passage. Limon and Bennett sold us down the river and never forget this.

a-1632262388 Sep 21, 2021 03:13 PM
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A home in a single family neighborhood down the road built a 2500 sq ft second story addition then illegally turned it into 4 separate units. Today 21 people with 17 cars live there. Multiple noise complaints as well as complaints regarding illegal units have been made to no avail. Now it’s perfectly legal. This quiet street has turned into a parking lot/ junkyard . The huge second story towers over the neighboring homes looking directly into their backyards and bedrooms. Imagine if every house on that block did the same? That’s what these new laws will allow

Zenyatta19 Sep 21, 2021 02:59 PM
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And it’s only going to get worse. That is just the tip of the iceberg. No notice, no design review, no environmental review, 4 ft setbacks, no public hearings, and fast tracked ministerial permits. All the hard work our local planing departments and public advisory committees have put into community plans is out the window. SB9 & 10 will be detrimental for a sustainable ,sensible and resilient community. Our natural resources, geography and infrastructure simply do not support uncontrolled development.

a-1632260401 Sep 21, 2021 02:40 PM
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It’s telling that neither Limon or Bennett voted on these two bills when they were going through the state legislature. They were part of several state reps with no vote recorded. Sad they couldn’t stand up for their communities because of the need to tow the party line.

Voice of Reason Sep 21, 2021 02:09 PM
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They'll complain about those consequences yet continue voting for representatives that put party politics ahead of their constituents.

Chip of SB Sep 21, 2021 11:28 AM
City's Land Development Team Seeks Feedback

Pit, our city has steadfastly opposed development since the 1970s and was very successful at it. After decades of burdensome permitting processes, subjective architectural review requirements, and expensive additions to the building code, we now have a severe housing crisis. In response, the state has voided local restrictions. Homeowners can now add ADUs, and the city can’t do much to stop them. Single family zoning is now void along with any CC&Rs that would interfere with building and renting ADUs. In addition, the governor celebrated his landslide win in the recall election by signing SB 9 which will allow property owners to split their lots and build a duplex (possibly up to four units with ADUs) on each resulting new parcel. If a property is in the city or an unincorporated urban area, the owner can split it into two lots of roughly equal size as long as the lots are at least 1200 square feet. That’s small even by Santa Barbara standards. Your neighbor could build a lot more than a second story, and there won’t be any more city council meetings to review and approve their plans. Per state law, any proposal that complies with the rules must be approved.

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