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The cumulative project list is used to identify development projects in unincorprated Santa Barbara County that can be assessed as part of the cumulative analysis for environmental documents. Pursuant to CEQA 15130, cumulative projects are "a list of past, present, and probable future projects producing related or cumulative impacts…"

This list is grouped by geographical area in alphabetical order as follows:

  • Gaviota Coast
  • Lompoc Valley
  • San Antonio Creek
  • Santa Maria Valley
  • Santa Ynez Valley
  • South Coast

The County satisfies its requirements under CEQA by posting the Cumulative Projects List on a semi-annual basis. The list identifies projects that may be used to ascertain cumulative physical impacts of other development in a certain area of the County. The list identifies the project type, number of residential units (if any), the amount of square footage (commercial and/or industrial), and the current status of the project. Projects subject to the Cumulative Projects List are almost exclusively limited to discretionary projects including parcel maps, tract maps, residential projects with more than two units, commercial projects and industrial projects. In rare circumstances, a ministerial project may be included if it would result in impacts substantial enough to warrant tracking (e.g. a restaurant below the square footage requiring a Development Plan). Projects types that are not subject to the Cumulative Projects List and are not included in the list include septic systems, walls, fences, reservoirs, accessory dwelling units, accessory structures, single family dwellings, farm employee housing with two and fewer units, or special events.

Section 15355 "Cumulative Impacts" of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines states the following:

"Cumulative Impacts" refers to two or more individual effects which, when considered together, are considerable or which compound or increase other environmental impacts.

(a) The individual effects may be changes resulting from a single project or a number of separate projects.

(b) The cumulative impact from several projects is the change in the environment which results from incremental impact of the project when added to other closely related past, present, and reasonably foreseeable probable future projects. Cumulative impacts can result from individually minor but collectively significant project staking place over a period of time.