Senate Bill 9 Implementation Underway

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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.

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PitMix Oct 29, 2021 11:40 AM
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Someone said City notices are not required for every ADU development? In my neighborhood the only project that has a sign is the one that has an architect and is going 2 story. It seems ludicrous that they would not have to at least post their building permit where it can be seen because ADU projects still have to go through Building and Safety review.

SantaBarbaraObserver Oct 29, 2021 11:47 AM
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Look up the address on the city's planning/building site. If there is or was ever a permit, it will be listed and its status shown. If there construction / building without a permit, let the city know. The have a duty to enforce the law and respond to complaints. If that doesnt work, call your council member and demand an answer.

If no one complains, the building persists.

SantaBarbaraObserver Oct 28, 2021 10:39 AM
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Its important to note that "high fire zones" are excluded from this bill and SB8. That excludes most of the Riviera, all of Mission Canyon, Cielto and the Montecito hillsides. A big reason property in those areas will continue to outpace appreciation other areas. Privacy, open space, nature and now a long term exclusion from over building and lot stuffing. Look for prices to continue to rise in these areas as they offer a quality of life that will become more and more difficult to find and own while other areas decline due to density and quality of life.

Ahchooo Oct 29, 2021 10:16 AM
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Yeah, well, a lot of serious safety issues are swept aside without adequate mitigation, so I wouldn’t be too sure about this, SBO.

SantaBarbaraObserver Oct 28, 2021 12:35 PM
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I have been informed otherwise so we'll have to see who and what is actually correct and what is actually enforced. If you're correct, I'd imagine that there will be public safety concerns that take precedent. Building and population density in High Fire Zones is a serious public safety issue that cannot be swept aside.

a-1635443459 Oct 28, 2021 10:50 AM
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SBObserver, SB9 does NOT exclude high fire zones. That was the 'window dressing' Senator Atkins put on the bill to shove it across the finish line. The specific language references other codes and says that as long as you build to Chapter 7a of the current CA fire code, you can build in the high fire zones. The sub-paragraph (D) allows development in fire severity zones if builders merely abide by building standards they must already follow. The only token protection in there is that 'a local building official' COULD find that you can't mitigate hazards in the area, so they wouldn't allow building there. But if a city / county ALREADY allowed building there, and we certainly have - hello Montecito, Euc Hill, Mission Canyon, then SB 9 applies. Please look at Livable California and United Neighbors - a lot of smart people fought these bills very hard and did the research. The Montecito Association was part of that time. Not sure why City of SB people are just now waking up.

fitz Oct 28, 2021 10:00 AM
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I just read the letters for today's hearing. I see letters from individuals and from groups: Montecito Assn, CPA, Allied, Riviera Assn, Euc. Hill Improvement Assn, League of Women Voters, etc. You can e-mail your own comments but in order to be read today, keep them brief. Best to try to attend via gotomeeting.com You get the link on the webpage for SB Planning Commission for today's agenda. Scroll down and you will find it.

fitz Oct 28, 2021 09:36 AM
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Please attend today's Special Hearing. If you go to the PC website, you can read all the comment letters that are already in. Highly informed City residents and groups are following this very closely. Let the PC know you are concerned, both about process and transparency. Get on the mailing lists via the Community Development website.

Byzantium Oct 28, 2021 08:17 AM
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How can rents be 'out of control" when people are still paying them - market forces control rents. So be more specific - rents might be beyond your own personal skill set to afford, but they are clearly not out of control of normal market forces. You in fact really mean you want price-fixed rents set to your own personal needs. Justify your case why you alone should set rental prices to your own needs and not the local market forces, and maybe you can get someone to listen to you. "Affordable" rents and housing prices are exactly that -what others are willing to pay for rent and housing, and nothing else. If you in fact mean you want an arbitrary price that meets your own demands, then say it. "Out of control' prices for rent or housing is a meaningless and unproductive complaint. Make you case, why should others subsidize your own personal needs?

Andrea Smith Oct 28, 2021 01:34 PM
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Byzantium, when a 400 sq foot place without laundry or a bedroom closet is going for $3K in a town where salaries tend to be lower to begin with even among more professional industries, that is out of control. I happen to be a full time working professional that makes pretty good money, more than most, and I'm struggling right now. It's stupid to live somewhere like that, when there are so many other places to live that are more in line with local cost of living. You can talk about market forces all you want but when these people end up locked in to places that aren't worth the $36K a year they pay for it, things will change.

a-1635392581 Oct 27, 2021 08:43 PM
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The Montecito Journal was covering Senate Bills 9 and 10 extensively. Sharon Byrne wrote almost all of the articles on them. There was a townhall hosted by Montecito, open to everyone on Zoom, with a mayor from another city who is putting a ballot initiative out for 2022 to overturn Senate Bills 9 and 10. I think it was a few weeks ago. I went, and you can sign on to help the ballot initiative at stopsacramento.org. There will be a county-by-county strategy to get it on the ballot, so this is your chance to get involved and do something!

Byzantium Oct 29, 2021 10:39 AM
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12:26, I see you have moved on to housing demands by extortion now - if you don't give me what I demand I will join those living in cars or by the RR track. Again, call this what it is --extortion just to get what you can't afford. Move to where you skill set does provide a. secure roof over your head. Your future will be a lot more secure. This is the best advice I can give you because your motivation is purely selfish right now and your tactics to get what you want have failed. Move on to where you can make your life more secure.

a-1635449183 Oct 28, 2021 12:26 PM
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Byz, your thinking always shocks me:
People who own houses have locked in rent control, in effect.
The only industry here is tourism and government.
Rentals are taken off market by VRBO and the remainder have gone from $1500 / mo for a one bedroom a mere 3-4 years ago to $2200+.
Wages have not increased.
Home prices have sky-rocketed.
Investors are displacing people from apartments and raising rents.
And your answer is:
This is not our problem. We have no obligation here to think about housing the people working here since they might work in Goleta. They can't afford the sky-rocketing rent? Move out of town, or into your car. The persistent and exploding homeless issue? Inept city leaders! Run the homeless out of here! (the same ones we just forced to their cars...?) I'm glad you're not in charge, Byz. Honestly.

Byzantium Oct 28, 2021 09:00 AM
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Since most of the jobs are in Goleta, Santa Barbara has no duty to provide them "workforce housing". Just look at all the multifamily development projects going on in Goleta and then reassess this demand somehow Santa Barbara is supposed to supply Goleta with "worforce housing? Something is not adding it. Santa Barbara is not a big jobs generator. Goleta and UCSB lays claim to that demand. They alone have the duty to supply their "workforce housing" needs. .

SBTownie Oct 28, 2021 08:47 AM
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This won't be workforce housing. It will be $900,000 condos and $1.7M townhouses. We need high density rental apartments in our urban core and on any vacant lots or lots that can be repurposed for workforce housing. A duplex or four-plex here and there on a street with single family homes is not going to improve the cost of living for anyone.

Byzantium Oct 27, 2021 09:45 PM
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The city needs to still honor its former jobs/housing limits created decades ago that foresaw this problem and limited new commercial space so new businesses would not outstrip available housing. Here is the real issue - most job growth is in Goleta and UCSB area, well outside the limits of Santa Barbara proper - so there is no need for the city of Santa Barbara to provide any more "workforce" housing since local commercial development here is already very limited. No major job creators within the city limits, like one finds in the massive business headquarters now surrounding UCSB. As far as. the eye can see there is plenty of workforce housing out there, and more is still being built in Goleta and points west. Leave the city of Santa Barbara alone. We are not creating the need for "more workforce housing". That is myth, and should never be driving our housing agenda. Sorry, you can't work in Goleta and then demand the city Santa Barbara subsidize your personal housing demands. You have more "workforce housing" Your address is Goleta, California.

SBTownie Oct 27, 2021 07:18 PM
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There desperately needs to be a statewide 2022 proposition to repeal SB9 and reestablish local control.

I am pro lots of type of development. But the blanket destruction of single family zoning with so few limitations and pathetic postage stamp 1200sf lot minimums is F-ing crazy.

Localities and their voters should have the right to self determine. This is overreach.

Let's repeal this in 2022.

asitis Oct 27, 2021 06:17 PM
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Senate Bill 9 is terrible and this one-size-fits-all approach is an insult to the many citizens who have worked hard to become home owners in our State. We should all sue the State because while the greedy Counties are rubbing their hands together to collect ever more property tax, our single family home values will go down, while taxes and utilities will go up and up.
While the State continues to put pressure on Cities to build more housing, they are not doing their part to provide more water for this forced growth. I just don't understand where all this extra water will come from, are we that blind to this decreasing resource as we sadly go down the path of more droughts and global warming? Wake up everyone, where is the water??? Sure ain't coming from the Colorado, or out of thin air. Someone PLEASE start the petition to revoke this bill and tell the State to stuff it up their dry you-know-what... and sign me up asap!

a-1635550364 Oct 29, 2021 04:32 PM
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There is a petition to sign to get rid of Prop 9, 10. It's called Stop the Sacramento Land Grab.
stopsacramento.org

Ahchooo Oct 27, 2021 08:05 PM
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And the sewage, don’t forget the sewage. Some people act like building more housing will allow current residents more options and better places to live. But it will just mean more people moving here, and more people packed in, with even more living in crummy, cheaply built places.

Voice of Reason Oct 27, 2021 08:04 PM
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CA voted for this, elections have consequences. Next election they’ll distract you with another boogie man that’s going destroy the world if you don’t vote their way, and you’ll forget all about SB9 and vote for the same group of cronies, and again and again.

Thomas John Oct 27, 2021 07:04 PM
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Someone, please start a Petition? Step up to the plate and do it. Lots of us would support you. Don't be a typical Edhat wanker and actually do something.

SBTownie Oct 28, 2021 04:06 PM
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Andrea, if you hate it here so much, why don't you leave? Serious question. Most of us love it here. Which is why we choose to remain here or come here.

dukemunson Oct 28, 2021 11:05 AM
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Actually Santa Barbara is pretty awesome (thus the reason most of us live here). It's not perfect by any means...but it's a great spot....and since you mentioned it, it's also got a lot of great local beers (I got Chief Peaks on ice for later)!!!

a-1635444341 Oct 28, 2021 11:05 AM
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Hi Bird - if you look at the letter submitted to the PC by the Montecito Association, they include an ordinance that cities can adopt to mitigate SB9. A lot was taken away by the state, but the few local controls left, could be acted on, such as making an affordable component required, setting a minimum parking standard, limiting it to 4 units (no ADUs or Jr ADUs shoved in under a different state law, also meant to eliminate local controls). United Neighbors, a statewide team that worked hard to amend SB9 and 10, put the ordinance together so cities could at least provide themselves with the protections allowed under SB9. But a city / county has to adopt the ordinance or it defaults to SB9 provisions.

Bird Oct 28, 2021 08:32 AM
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Thank you, @11:45. These possible findings need to be studied carefully; a "preponderance of the evidence" is not a high standard.

As for SB Townie's suggestion of creating historic districts, uh, very doubtful that a rush of requests for designations of historic districts would fool anyone; SB has a history of historic districts, carefully researched and, anyway, it can take years to get such a district acknowledged. And, anyway, it's not likely that the suburbian pleasure of garden an open space around one's house would count as "historic", although in 20 or so years, when such lots are but tales of grandparents, they would be historic, if not "historic".

Bird Oct 28, 2021 08:32 AM
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Thank you, @11:45. These possible findings need to be studied carefully; a "preponderance of the evidence" is not a high standard.

As for SB Townie's suggestion of creating historic districts, uh, very doubtful that a rush of requests for designations of historic districts would fool anyone; SB has a history of historic districts, carefully researched and, anyway, it can take years to get such a district acknowledged. And, anyway, it's not likely that the suburbian pleasure of garden an open space around one's house would count as "historic", although in 20 or so years, when such lots are but tales of grandparents, they would be historic, if not "historic".

Andrea Smith Oct 28, 2021 07:32 AM
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Ha, you think SB is the best of the best coastal towns!? No way, I can think of many others that are way nicer, cleaner, peaceful, better priced. You must either not get out much or live in a large house somewhere private and not the way the normal "middle" class person here is now forced to live with overcrowded noisy conditions. Please. Take off the beer goggles when it comes to this town, it's not all it's cracked up to be.

a-1635403550 Oct 27, 2021 11:45 PM
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BIRD - “a local agency may deny an urban lot split if the building official makes a written finding, based upon a preponderance of the evidence, that the proposed housing development project would have a specific, adverse impact, as defined and determined in paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 65589.5, upon public health and safety or the physical environment and for which there is no feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific, adverse impact.”

Public health & safety is impacted by additional density in fire hazard areas, flood zones, areas with inadequate public transit ( the whole county) environmentally sensitive or riparian areas ,resource constraints ( water supply). The Governor has declared a drought emergency in this state. The county has a very thoughtful and hard working Planning Commission as well as 4 Boards of Architectural Review . Local control and sensible development has made SB a beautiful place to live. I challenge anyone to find another coastal town like it.

SBTownie Oct 27, 2021 07:14 PM
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One of the ways I'm aware of is through designation of historic districts. Designated "historical" areas can be exempted from SB9.

Bird Oct 27, 2021 06:05 PM
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This was to 1635... at 5:47, who wrote, "There are ways the city and county can protect neighborhoods and bypass provisions of this bill. " What are those ways?

a-1635553318 Oct 29, 2021 05:21 PM
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241 Cities opposed SB 9 as well as SB County. All of which wrote letters to the Governor. He was aware of how unpopular this bill is. He waited until the recall was over to sign it into law. Coward.

SBTownie Oct 27, 2021 10:38 PM
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If Murillo doesn't support it in part because it doesn't have "affordability" included, you're right, Marcel - that does make her effectively opposed to it entirely. If SB9 had an affordability component, we could guarantee it would lead to almost zero projects being built. Which would make it dead in the water regardless of it being law. And for the record Marcel, we know it passed. We're not all stupid here, though it's clear you think everyone but you is an idiot. There are pathways to overturn laws we don't like, so some of us will vote for a mayor who can possibly inspire, educate, and foster a groundswell of opposition against this. We get that Randy or Cathy can't walk up to Gavin's house and cry and tell him to please stop it. We know how things work. While a mayor has no explicit ability to cripple this law given the way it supersedes local authority, a good mayor can rally support locally for issues coming to the ballot like a repeal on SB9 in 2022. And a good mayor can also lead a vocal fight in the media and beyond and network with other mayors or city/county leaders who also oppose it, effectively building a coalition.

MarcelK Oct 27, 2021 09:14 PM
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"Randy is opposed. So I voted for him."

It already passed and was signed into law, so voting for him for that reason is nonsense. Both Murillo and Rowse opposed it beforehand. Schwartz seems to have favored it, and James Joyce offered up his usual handwaving nonsense: 'Candidate James Joyce III was out of town and couldn’t participate in the forum. But he said in a statement, which the moderator read, that his goals include creating solutions for housing and the economy, as well as building a better future for the city’s youth and a more diverse and inclusive community. “We need a leader who can hit the ground running on day one and find progressive solutions.”'

MarcelK Oct 27, 2021 09:10 PM
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You folks just make up whatever lie suits you.

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/new_state_law_forces_cities_to_confront_big_housing_changes_20210927

"“The biggest concern is that SB 9 takes away some control over zoning decisions, opens the door for more development in single family-zoned neighborhoods, and doesn't have an affordability requirement nor a prohibition on new units being used as vacation rentals,” Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo told Noozhawk."

Byzantium Oct 27, 2021 06:01 PM
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Low income jobs? Student loans changed the dynamics of the local hospitality industry - used to be college students loved getting these flexible schedule jobs in restaurants or housekeeping, plus often getting free meals too. And we are a college town so the low-skill labor supply was ready and willing for these temporary jobs. Working in the hospitality and dealing with the public allowed young people to gain valuable service skills that paid off later, put them well ahead of their peers who did not have to work. Poise under pressure, work ethic, instilling pride in workmanship no matter how menial the task, and learning to deflect difficult people, while still keeping their tips. Can't pay to pick up those hospitality industry skills earned on the job. But no student even realistically thinks about "working their way through college", so leaving with huge student loans and no transferable job skills is the preferred option today. Yes, the cost of education (mainly increasing instructor costs) did stay pace with the size and numbers of student loans - the law of putting "free" money on the table. Part time student hospitality work isn't the win-win that it was a few decades ago. Nor particularly is the value of education now received, even though today it costs thousands of dollars more.

a-1635382026 Oct 27, 2021 05:47 PM
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Here is a real life example of what can happen. You buy a nice modest house on a quiet street in the Goleta Valley. You live there for 15 years. The neighbor builds an illegal second story addition which looms over your yard. You no longer have any privacy in your own back yard. After complaints The county approves it “as built”. The neighbor turns it into 4 separate units. 5 -7 people live in each unit. Now this single family neighborhood has one house with 20 adults, 8 kids and 15 cars. Then another neighbor has done the same but only 12 people and 8 cars live there. There are 23 cars parked on the street every night. It looks like a junkyard. These two massive houses have impacted the quality of life for those who have the misfortune of living next door or on the same street.. SB9 has the potential to do this to every single family neighborhood. There are ways the city and county can protect neighborhoods and bypass provisions of this bill. But do they have the will and the guts to do it? I doubt it. Developers buy single family homes all the time and gut them then turn around and sell. A developer / owner can easily do this. Use it as their residence for three years while under construction and then flip it. Thanks Newsom. Regretting my vote.

a-1635841081 Nov 02, 2021 01:18 AM
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Interesting plan, Byz! Are you going to do so? I've been wondering why you stick it out in SB, and CA, as it seems to make you frustrated and angry. Were would you move to? I don't want to go to the south or Texas; can't take heat or humidity.

a-1635550789 Oct 29, 2021 04:39 PM
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Well, the other way to stop this is by signing the petition to repeal this garbage at: stopsacramento.org

Andrea Smith Oct 28, 2021 07:26 AM
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You pretty much describe the future of this area and in probably a pretty short time [few years]. Frankly if I owned a house here I'd be selling NOW before this reality sets in because the housing prices will plummet. Even if you sell and buy something in a better place and pay some capital gains, better than losing all that equity in a few years. People still have beer goggles about SB - oh it's so beautiful, the weather, the scenery, we are so lucky to live here. It's like a drug but they are going to snap out of their stupor in a short time here as it's getting worse and even the homeless issues are starting to creepy into neighborhoods that didn't have these problems before.

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