County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

How to Get Involved in Planning

You have a right to participate! From general plan amendments to individual development projects, there are many opportunities to get involved in community planning before issues reach the final decision-making stage.

Planning & Development invites you to become involved! The following are a few ideas on where to start...

Attend Community Workshops and Public Meetings

When local plans and policies are being developed, County planners hold a series of public workshops to gather community input. To find out about these meetings watch your local newspapers for display ads announcing community workshops and public hearings. If you live within an area affected by a planning decision, there will be a notice in your local paper, and/or a notice mailed directly to you.

Visit our website

Information on community planning projects and programs, as well as hearing schedules and agendas, are available online.

Follow Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors Hearings

In the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, planning decisions occur during public hearings before the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors.

Watch Government Access Television

To find out about items going to the Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors you can watch Government Access Television, Channel 20

Regular meetings of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors are televised live Tuesdays beginning at 9:00 am, and replayed Thursdays at 5:00 pm. Regular meetings of the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission are televised live on Wednesday beginning at 9:00 am, and replayed Friday at 5:00 pm.

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Request that hearing agendas be mailed to you

You can request that hearing agendas be mailed to you by calling Planning and Development at 568-2000.

Pick up a copy of hearing agendas

You can pick up a copy of Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearing agendas at Planning and Development, 123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.

Read local newspapers

Development projects that require public hearings are advertised either in the legal notice section or in ads in the news sections.

Join a local group involved with planning issues

Join your local neighborhood association, business association, or a local planning advocacy group. These groups receive notices of projects of general interest in the vicinity.