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.
- The Planning Commission meets regularly on Wednesdays, starting at 9 am on the first floor of 105 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, and once monthly at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, in Santa Maria.
- The Board of Supervisors meets regularly on Tuesdays, starting at 9 am on the fourth floor of 105 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, and once monthly at the Betteravia Govern ment Center, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, in Santa Maria.
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.