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Week of November 7 – 11: Santa Barbara City Council and advisory committee meetings

A long-time Edhat subscriber, hoping for more public participation in our local government, thought it would be helpful and interesting for the community to have a weekly listing of selected meetings, those of city-wide interest. We agreed. Please tell us what you think. There have been requests for coverage of other jurisdictions; volunteers to do that, please contact If we’ve mis-posted an address or there’s a meeting that we failed to list, please note the correction in the Comments section below. Thanks!

Santa Barbara has a City Calendar of meetings; for Novenber. (NB: The City Calendar is a guide to many meetings and events and is not always accurate in its civic-interest meeting listings.) City TV covers many of the meetings and has reruns and updates with newly-scheduled meetings. However, some meetings, Consent Calendars and Downtown Parking Committee, as examples, are not televised even though they are held in the David Gebhard Room, wired for TV.

Common acronyms, abbreviations: hybrid or Hyflex, meeting access is both in person and via Zoom or other web accesses; PDA, Project Design Approval; FA, Final Approval; CAR, Council Agenda Report. Meeting locations: City Council chamber upstairs at City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street; David Gebhard Room (DGR), 630 Garden Street; Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 E. Montecito Street, or where noted. Noted also for some Council and Advisory Committee meetings are non-public addresses; these are addresses for those public servants who choose to attend the meetings at home or elsewhere.

MONDAY, 11/07

Single Family Design Board, 11:00 A.M., DGR, in person: Consent Agenda: 2219 Anacapa St., Review after F.A.; 214 Salida del Sol, FA; 1202 Shoreline Drive, PDA & FA; Architectural drawings, link. “Proposed substantial redevelopment …. Project require substantial conformance to the plans that received (PDA) on 9/26/2022; 1202 Shoreline Drive, PDA& FA; 102 Jorgenson Lane, PDA.

Architectural Board of Review, 1 P.M., DGR, in person, Consent Agenda: 820 Bond Avenue, PDA & FA; 801 Shoreline Drive, Concept Review of renovation of 756 sq ft Leadbetter Restroom; Architectural drawings: link.

Single Family Design Board, 3 P.M., DGR, Hyflex, Zoom link at the Agenda: 1414 Santa Rosa Ave, Concept Review; 628 Mission Ridge Rd, PDA; 545 La Marina Drive, PDA; 2731 El Prado Road, PDA; 648 Ricardo Avenue, PDA, FA. Architectural drawings, link.

Santa Barbara Youth Council, 5:15 PM (not 3:15 as in Calendar of Events) in person, Franklin Neighborhood Center, Agenda: item 1, Unfinished business: “Subject: Use of Bicycles and E-Bicycles on State Street – For Discussion & Action Recommendation: That Youth Council discuss the ongoing presence of youth on bicycles on the State Street Promenade.”


City Council, regular meeting, Hyflex, 2 P.M., city council chamber, access info at the Agenda: Public hearing, Introduce, and subsequently adopt, by reading of title only, an Ordinance of the Council of the City of Santa Barbara Amending Chapter 8.04 of the Municipal Code and Adopting by Reference the 2021 Edition of the International Fire Code; 4 p.m., continued Advisory Committee interviews.


Historic Landmarks Commission, 11 A.M., in person, Consent Agenda: Cancelled.

Historic Landmarks Commission, 1:30, DGR, in person, Agenda: Items:

  1. 3237 State Street. Historic Structures Report, acceptance of;
  2. 1230 E. de la Guerra St, PDA;
  3. Objective Design & Development Standards Update, presented by Rosie Dyste, Project Planner;
  4. Garden St (between Figueroa & Carrillo Streets, “Courtsey (sic) Review” of a County property, a surface parking lot on which to be constructed a new 4-story, 33,438-square-foot office facility for staff of the County Probation Department;
  5. 481 W. Mountain Drive, Discussion Item, 7 existing cottages – see Agenda description;
  6. 113-117 W. de la Guerra St, PDA for a revised project, ” …Proposal to construct a new mixed-use building with 1,085 square feet commercial area and 23 residential units. All existing development would be demolished with the exception of the historic façade and tile roof of the W.D. Smith Building, which will be preserved. One existing Queen Palm in the right of way is proposed to be relocated. …” Historic Structures Report, many pictures, graphics; see agenda description for additional links;

Architectural drawings; Historic Structures Sites Reports; Public Comment


Downtown Parking Committee, 7:30 A.M., regular meeting, DGR, in person; Agenda includes: Item 7, “State Street Master Plan special meeting discussion, Recommendation: That the Committee receive a brief update on the State Street Master Plan and discuss potential dates for a special meeting with the State Street Master Plan consultants.” Item 8: Draft 5-year Public Works Downtown Parking C.I.P for fiscal years 2024-28. October Draft Minutes, including State Street Promenade update.

Planning Commission, 1 PM, Hyflex, Council Chamber, Agenda:

  • lll. New Item: 1218 Shoreline Drive, ” The project involves demolition of the existing residence including all onsite structures, and construction of a new two-story 1,876-square-foot single-unit residence with a 843-square-foot 100 percent below grade basement, and a detached building comprised of a 403-square-foot two-car garage with a 340-square-footAccessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) above….”
  • lV. Concept Review, hearing: 42 Helena Avenue, ” The purpose of the concept review is to allow the Planning Commission and the public an opportunity to review the proposed project at a conceptual level and for the Planning Commission to provide comments….”

There are site visits at 8 A.M., for both these projects. For Documents and Architectural Drawings, please click here. Public Comment as of Sunday, 11/5, link.

FRIDAY, 11/11

All day: CLOSED – City Administrative Offices

All day: Veteran’s Day – Holiday Observed

All day: Veterans Day | All Libraries Closed

Continuing the practice of noting local public interest, and of civic concern meetings, we note that Citizens Planning Association is resuming its First Monday Speaker Series with a noon talk with Mike Prater, the Executive Officer of LAFCO, a County agency important for boundary and annexation issues. The CPA Zoom address is here.  SB County Housing Element Update “workshops” will be held in person and by Zoom on the 16th and 17th for both South and North County. Location and more information: here

Of general interest:

City Advisory Commissions are listed with their duties and powers described in the Charter of the City of Santa Barbara, See: Article Vlll, Appointive Boards and Commissions, pg; 25 et seg. Other commissions may be formed by the City Council for certain issues of public concern.  Santa Barbara Municipal Code.

AIA-Santa Barbara, August 2020,  State Street Promenade and housing community survey results, more than 4,800 responses, linked here. Civic groups concerned about city government: Allied Neighborhoods Association, Citizens Planning Association, League of Women Voters -Santa Barbara, and various hyperlocal neighborhood associations.

City of Santa Barbara emphasizes transparency: Not listed under city transparency is a link to the Ralph M. Brown Act (“Brown Act“), “In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.”


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