Santa Barbara County and South Coast Cities Joining Forces to Address Housing Issues

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County and the cities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta, with the assistance of the Santa Barbara Foundation, are hosting the South Coast Housing Workshop - Local Housing Elements on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, from 4:00–6:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Central Library Faulkner Gallery. The purpose of the Workshop is to discuss regional housing needs, challenges, and opportunities within each South Coast jurisdiction. The local jurisdictions are inviting members of the press, housing advocates, community-based and faith-based organizations, and residents to attend the Workshop and contribute ideas for future housing needs.

Each participating jurisdiction is currently updating the Housing Element of their respective General Plans. The Housing Elements contain policies and programs to increase housing development and ensure adequate types of housing across all income levels in the communities. The county and cities will each present an update on the process and timelines for their Housing Element updates. The event will include a panel discussion and breakout groups for each jurisdiction. 

Spanish interpretation will be available at the Workshop. The event will also be streamed live online at bit.ly/housing-livestream.

Please register to attend the South Coast Housing Workshop at bit.ly/southcoasthousing.

The Santa Barbara Central Library Faulkner Gallery is located at 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Parking is available in City Garage 6 or 7. (Parking map available at bit.ly/dtsb-parking.)

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edney Jun 21, 2022 08:46 PM
Santa Barbara County and South Coast Cities Joining Forces to Address Housing Issues

The insanely left wing City of LA doesn't seem capable of building housing that is affordable.
$1,240,000 price tag for a 460 SF studio, almost $3000 per square foot is what one party rule buys-unapologetically- with taxpayer money
I'm perfectly willing to consider that one party rule by Republicans would wind up at the same point, it is one party rule that I'm critical of.

Chip of SB Jun 21, 2022 10:31 AM
Santa Barbara County and South Coast Cities Joining Forces to Address Housing Issues

Holding “workshops” and creating complex plans and regulations make it harder for property owners to build more housing units. The end result of these efforts will be a more restricted housing supply and higher prices. If the goal is to create more affordable housing, the most effective way to achieve that is reducing restrictions and red tape, allowing property owners to build to meet demand. To illustrate the effect of restrictive housing regulations compared to more permissive regulations, consider the differences between california and texas. In 2021 , texas authorized the construction of over a quarter million housing units compared to less than half that amount in california. California has a population about a third larger than the population of texas, and California’s populations has been stable or in decline in recent years while the population of texas has grown rapidly. The median price of a home in texas is in the 300s, and in California it is approaching 900. Anyone serious about bringing down housing prices should take a close look at how texas is able to outperform in housing construction.

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