Housing Element                                


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Dan Klemann, Deputy Director, Long Range Planning

stvincents2The Housing Element is a part of the Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Plan and contains housing goals, policies, and programs for the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. The Housing Element is based on an assessment of the County's current and projected housing needs and provides an inventory of sites available for housing construction. It also details market, governmental, and environmental barriers which constrain housing production, and identifies goals, policies, and programs to overcome these barriers and enhance housing production. 

2015-2023 Housing Element Update

State housing element law mandates that the County periodically update the Housing Element. The County submitted the adopted 2015-2023 Housing Element Update (February 3,2015) to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by the statutory deadline of February 15, 2015 for review for consistency with state housing element law. HCD completed the review and found the adopted 2015-2023 Housing Element Update in full compliance with state housing element law.

The 2015-2023 Housing Element Update process began with Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) and HCD's approval of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan 2014-2022. The RHNA Plan allocates the housing need assigned to SBCAG's member cities and the County. The RHNA for unincorporated Santa Barbara County totals 661 units. The land inventory of the 2015-2023 Housing Element Update identifies adequate sites zoned and suitable to meet the County's RHNA in each income category as shown in the table below.

Housing Element Documents

2015-2023 Housing Element (Adopted February 3, 2015) (PDF)

Past Housing Elements:

State HCD Conformity Determination Letter (Dated April 29, 2015) (PDF)

2019 Annual Progress Report

Past Annual Progress Reports (Folder)

Related Element Documents

Final Negative Declaration (14NGD-00000-00014) adopted for the 2015-2023 Housing Element Update (PDF)

Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Plan (PDF)

HCD RHNA Letter to SBCAG - April 27, 2012 (PDF)

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance 2013 (PDF)