County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Gaviota

The Gaviota Coast Planning Area

The Gaviota Coast planning area is a spectacular rural landscape, characterized by a backdrop of rugged mountains, rolling hills, and lowland coastal areas, and supporting rich agricultural, biological, cultural, and recreational resources and striking scenic beauty. It is one of the largest remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline in southern California. The planning area is bounded by the Goleta Community Plan to the east, Vandenberg Air Force Base to the west, the ridgeline of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Gaviota Creek Watershed to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

The County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors adopted the Gaviota Coast Plan and its implementing documents, including the Gaviota Coast Plan Design Guidelines, on November 8, 2016. The Plan and the Guidelines took effect in the inland area on December 9, 2016.

*NEW* Gaviota Coast Plan in the Coastal Zone

Within the Coastal Zone, the Plan will not take effect until it is certified by the California Coastal Commission.

On Friday, August 10, 2018, at its hearing in Redondo Beach, the Coastal Commission certified the Gaviota Coast Plan with modifications as recommended by the Coastal Commission staff. Please visit the Coastal Commission website to review the staff report and modifications.

The certification process is not final and the Plan will not take effect in the Coastal Zone until the Board of Supervisors accepts the Coastal Commission's modifications. Staff anticipates that the Board of Supervisors will consider whether to accept the Coastal Commission's modifications to the Gaviota Coast Plan at its hearing on October 16, 2018.

Board of Supervisors Hearing Materials

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 9:00 A.M.

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room
County Administration Building
105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA

The Board Agenda Letter and all attachments are posted here.


Board of Supervisors Hearing Materials

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 9:00 A.M.

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room
County Administration Building
105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA

 

Board of Supervisors comment letter to the Coastal Commission.

The Board Agenda Letter and all attachments are posted here.

An ad hoc subcommittee of the Board of Supervisors held a workshop on July 3, 2018, to recieve comments from the public regarding the Coastal Commission staff's suggested modifications.

Workshop Time and Location Workshop Materials

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 4:00 P.M.

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room
County Administration Building
105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA

 

Written comments may be emailed to gavplan@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.

The Board of Supervisors held a hearing on the Coastal Commision staff's suggested modifications and established an ad hoc subcommittee to schedule a community workshop on July 3, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. The link below provides information presented at the May 15th hearing.

Board of Supervisors Hearing Materials

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:00 A.M.

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room
County Administration Building
105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA

The Board Agenda Letter and all attachments are posted here.

Minute Order

Contacts
Dan Klemann, Deputy Director: dklemann@countyofsb.org
David Lackie, Supervising Planner: dlackie@countyofsb.org
Julie Harris, Senior Planner: jharris@countyofsb.org

Documents
Gaviota Coast Plan (PDF) (full text, large file)
Gaviota Coast Plan Design Guidelines (PDF)
Final Environmental Impact Report

Gaviota Coast Plan by Chapter
Cover and Table of Contents (PDF)
1.0 Introduction (PDF)
2.0 Natural and Cultural Resource Stewardship (PDF)
3.0 Agriculture (PDF)
4.0 Parks, Recreation, and Trails (PDF)
5.0 Land Use (PDF)
6.0 Visual Resources (PDF)
7.0 Transportation, Energy, and Infrastructure (PDF)
Appendices
Appendix A: Art Work and Photo Credits (PDF)
Appendix B: ESH Types Based Primarily on Vegetation (PDF)
Appendix C: Trail Siting Guidelines (PDF)
Appendix D: Steep Slope Guidelines (PDF)

Links to Project Background and Archived Documents
Gaviota Coast Plan Adoption Hearings
Draft EIR, Plan Initiation, and Gaviota Coast Planning Advisory Committee (GavPAC)

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