County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Isla Vista Isla Vista photo

Isla Vista is an unincorporated community located 9 miles west of the City of Santa Barbara on the South Coast of Santa Barbara County, California. Surrounded on three sides by the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Isla Vista is located on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Isla Vista is a unique community in that its primary resident population is a semi-permanent student body (from UCSB). The current population of Isla Vista is approximately 20,000; some 13,000 of whom are students.

In March 2016, the Board of Supervisors considered but did not approve the Isla Vista Master Plan (IVMP). Development in Isla Vista is subject to existing county plans and ordinances, including the following:

Isla Vista Land Use Map (PDF)
Isla Vista Zoning Map (PDF)

Archived IVMP information

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