County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division


The Gaviota Coast Planning Area

One of the largest remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline in southern California, the Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara County is a spectacular landscape composed of agricultural, biological, cultural, recreational, and scenic resources. The County's Comprehensive Plan outlines policies that apply to the Gaviota Area.


Upcoming Public Hearings Regarding Adoption of the Gaviota Coast Plan

Hearings for adoption for the Gaviota Coast Plan began on July 27, 2016 with the first County Planning Commission hearing.  The Planning Commission will hold at least two additional public hearings to consider the Draft Final Gaviota Coast Plan and the Draft Final Environmental Impact Report.  The Planning Commission will consider written and oral public comments and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.  Information regarding subsequent hearings will be posted on this web page. The Draft Final Plan and the Draft Final EIR can be found below the hearing information.

The next Planning Commission hearing will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The agenda for the Planning Commission hearing is available here. Board of Supervisors hearings are anticipated to commence on November 8, 2016.

To assist in your review, please first review the staff report to the Planning Commission for the July 27th hearing. The staff report provides an overview of the proposed changes to the Gaviota Coast Plan and implementing ordinances. Attachments to the staff report include the draft resolutions and ordinance amendments. Of note, Attachment D-2 (County Land Use and Development Code Amendment) and Attachment D-5 (Article II Coastal Zoning Ordinance Amendment) to the staff memo for the September 14, 2016 hearing provide the most recent ordinance language for the Gaviota Coast Plan. The Design Guidelines are included in Attachment D-7. The Trail Siting Guidelines and Steep Slope Guidelines have been added to the Plan as Appendices C and D, respectively.

Written comments can be submitted at any time. The Planning Commission will continue to accept comments throughout the hearing process.

County Planning Commission

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.

Agenda, staff report, and attachments are posted here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.

Agenda, staff report, and attachments are posted here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.

Agenda, staff report, and attachments are posted here.


Gaviota Coast Plan
Planning Commission Draft Final
July 2016

Gaviota Coast Plan July 2016 Draft Final (full text, large file)(PDF)

Gaviota Coast Plan July 2016 Draft Final by Chapters
Cover and Table of Contents (PDF)
1.0 Introduction (PDF)
2.0 Natural and Cultural Resources 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)

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)


Gaviota Coast Plan
Draft Final Environmental Impact Report
July 2016

Volume 1: Environmental Analysis

Cover, Table of Contents (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF)
Chapter 2: Project Description (PDF)
Chapter 3: Environmental Setting (PDF)
Chapter 4: Environmental Impact Analysis (PDF)
4.1: Land Use and Development (PDF)
4.2: Transportation and Circulation (PDF)
4.3: Aesthetics/Visual Resources (PDF)
4.4 Agricultural Resources (PDF)
4.5: Air Quality (PDF)
4.6: Biological Resources (PDF)
4.7: Flooding and Water Resources (PDF)
4.8: Cultural and Historical Resources (PDF)
4.9: Public Services (PDF)
4.10: Noise (PDF)
4.11: Geologic Hazards/Soils/Mineral Resources (PDF)
4.12: Hazardous Materials/Risk of Upset (PDF)
4.13: Parks, Recreation, and Trails (PDF)
Chapter 5: Consistency with Plans and Policies (PDF)
Chapter 6: Alternatives (PDF)
Chapter 7: Other CEQA Mandated Sections (PDF)
Chapter 8: References, Persons Contacted, and Prepares (PDF)
Chapter 9: Letters of Comment and Responses (PDF)(large file)

Letters and responses to comments can also be downloaded as smaller, grouped files:
Agencies -- Letters 1-6B
Groups -- Letters 7-10
Groups -- Letters 11-14
Groups -- Letters 15-19
Groups -- Letters 20-23
Individuals -- Letters 24-52

Volume 2: Appendices

Cover (PDF)
Appendix A: Notice of Preparation, Environmental Scoping Document for the Gaviota Coast Plan, and Notice of Preparation Comments (PDF)
Appendix B: Proposed Ordinance Amendments Package (PDF)
Appendix C: Draft Gaviota Coast Plan Trail Siting Documents (PDF)
Appendix D: Draft Gaviota Coast Plan Design Guidelines (PDF)
Appendix E: Steep Slope Guidelines (PDF)
Appendix F: Results of Air Quality Modeling for Existing Conditions and Build Out (PDF)
Appendix G: Existing and Build Out Traffic Noise Calculations (PDF)
Appendix H: Sensitive Wildlife Species List (PDF)
Appendix I: Gaviota Overlay District (Coastal Zone only) (PDF)

Individuals may purchase a copy of the Draft Final Gaviota Coast Plan and/or the Draft Final EIR by contacting Bill's Copy Shop at (805) 564-4353. Please allow at least one day for printing.

Mindy Fogg, Interim Deputy Director:
David Lackie, Supervising Planner:
Julie Harris, Senior Planner:

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For project background, history, Draft EIR, and Board of Supervisors Initiation Plan, click HERE.