County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Isla Vista Master Plan

Isla Vista photoOn August 21, 2007 the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted the Isla Vista Master Plan (IVMP) and associated re-zones and coastal zoning ordinance amendments. The IVMP encourages mixed use development in the downtown and multi-family residential development in the central and northern areas, establishes incentive programs to encourage community revitalization and infill, and implements a form-based code to provide urban design standards supporting the efficient use of land. 

The IVMP and coastal zoning ordinance amendments were submitted to the California Coastal Commission as a Local Coastal Program amendment in 2007; however, the amendments were not certified, in part due to outstanding issues related to on-street parking capacity and availability.

NEW! Board of Supervisors Hearing

On March 15, 2016, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the IVMP updates. A link to the agenda and streaming video for the meeting that day can be found here.

Board of Supervisors Hearing
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
County Administration Building
Board Hearing Room, Fourth Floor
105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara
Hearing begins at 9:00 A.M.

Board of Supervisors Agenda Letter - Isla Vista Master Plan Update
Attachment 1 - Findings for Approval pdf
Attachment 2 - Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (14EIR-00000-00002) pdf
Attachment 3 - EIR Revision Letter (RV 01) pdf
Attachment 4 - IVMP – March 2016 pdf
Attachment 5 - Resolution amending Goleta Community Plan/PRT-3 map pdf
Attachment 6 - Resolution amending the Coastal Land Use Plan pdf
Attachment 7 - Ordinance to rescind Ordinance No. 4649 pdf
Attachment 8 - Ordinance amending Article II pdf
Attachment 9 - Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 4650 – In-Lieu Parking Fee Program pdf
Attachment 10 - Ordinance amending County Code, Chapter 23B –Permit Parking Program pdf
Attachment 11 - Planning Commission Staff Report – September 2, 2015 pdf
Attachment 12 - Planning Commission Staff Memorandum – November 4, 2015 pdf
Attachment 13 - Planning Commission Action Letter – November 4, 2015 pdf
Attachment 14 - Public Comments to the Planning Commission pdf

On November 4, 2015, the County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the IVMP updates. This hearing is a follow-up to the County Planning Commission hearing held on September 2, 2015.

County Planning Commission Hearing
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
123 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Hearing begins at 9:00 A.M.

IVMP Planning Commission Staff Memo pdf
Attachment A. 2013 Fehr & Peers Isla Vista Parking Study pdf
Attachment B. IVMP Parking and Transit Action 1.1 (Revised) pdf
Attachment C. IVMP Zoning Map, Page 4-41 (Revised) pdf
Attachment D. Revisions (RV01) to the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report pdf

On September 2, 2015, the County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the IVMP updates.

County Planning Commission Hearing
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IVMP Planning Commission Staff Report pdf
Attachment A. Isla Vista Master Plan (large file) pdf
Attachment B. Findings for Approval pdf
Attachment C. Isla Vista Master Plan Proposed Final SEIR (large file) pdf
Attachment D. Resolution - Goleta Community Plan Amendments pdf
Attachment E. Resolution - Coastal Land Use Plan Amendments pdf
Attachment F. Ordinance - Rescind Ordinance 4649 pdf
Attachment G. Ordinance - Article II Updates pdf

Community Meeting

The County of Santa Barbara held a community meeting to discuss on-street parking conditions, in conjunction with proposed strategies to survey and monitor parking as it relates to coastal access within the Isla Vista area. The meeting included a presentation by Planning & Development and Public Works staff discussing proposed parking strategies included in the Isla Vista Master Plan focused update project and provided an opportunity for public comment on parking strategies moving forward.

Meeting Information Meeting Materials

Monday, October 5th, 6:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Hall, Room #2
935 Embarcadero del Norte
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Meeting Flyer pdf
En Español pdf
Fehr & Peers 2013 Parking Study pdf
IVMP SEIR Appendix - On-Street Parking pdf
Coastal Access User Survey pdf
Meeting Presentation Slides pdf

IVMP Update

The proposed Isla Vista Master Plan Update includes focused amendments to the 2007 IVMP adopted by the Board of Supervisors, including: (1) minor amendments to IVMP policies, actions, and development standards within the Parking and Transit Section; (2) ordinance amendments to implement parking related amendments; (3) focused re-zones of two County-owned parcels; and (4) IVMP text edits to remove references to the County's Redevelopment Agency.

The IVMP proposed zoning map (Proposed Updated Isla Vista Master Plan, page 4-41) reflects the proposed re-zones adopted by the Board in 2007, as well as the focused parcel re-zones of two County-owned parcels on Embarcadero del Mar being considered as part of the IVMP update. Click below to view the updated IVMP proposed zoning map.

IVMP proposed zoning map pdf

Board of Supervisors adoption of the IVMP amendments and ordinances is currently scheduled for late fall 2015. Following Board adoption, the intent is to re-submit the entire IVMP and coastal zoning ordinance amendments to the Coastal Commission for certification.

Proposed Updated Isla Vista Master Plan (May 2015) pdf

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report Release and Public Comment Hearing

A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (Draft SEIR) has been prepared for the proposed focused update to the Isla Vista Master Plan (IVMP) by the County of Santa Barbara, which is the lead agency for the project. The Planning and Development Department is soliciting comments on the adequacy and completeness of the Draft SEIR. The IVMP update involves: (1) minor amendments to IVMP policies, actions, and development standards within the Parking and Transit Section; (2) ordinance amendments to implement parking related amendments; (3) focused re-zones of two County-owned parcels; and (4) IVMP text edits to remove references to the County's Redevelopment Agency. The Draft SEIR evaluates the potentially significant effects on the environment including: traffic and circulation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report Documents

Comment Link

Public comment has closed.

The public comment period opened on May 21, 2015, and closed on July 6, 2015. A public comment hearing was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Final Environmental Impact Report, 2007

The County prepared the IVMP to guide development in the unincorporated community of Isla Vista. This environmental impact report (EIR) discusses the potential environmental consequences associated with the implementation of the IVMP in Isla Vista.

Volume I

Summary of the Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report
Memorandum - Revisions to the Proposed Final EIR for the Isla Vista Master Plan
Cover, Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Executive Summary Impact Table
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Project Description
Chapter 3: Environmental Issues

3.1: Land Use, Population and Housing
3.2: Aesthetics/Visual Resources
3.3: Agricultural Resources
3.4: Air Quality
3.5: Biological Resources
3.6: Cultural-Historic Resources
3.7: Geologic Hazard
3.8: Hazards and Hazardous Materials
3.9: Hydrology & Water Quality
3.10: Noise
3.11: Parks, Open Space and Recreation
3.12: Public Services
3.13: Traffic and Circulation

Chapter 4: Catalyst Projects

4.1: Affordable Housing Sites
4.2: Downtown Isla Vista
4.3: Downtown Parking Structure
4.4: Isla Vista Community Center
4.5: Downtown Park Improvements
4.6: Pardall Road Streetscape Improvements
4.7: Sueno Bicycle Boulevard

Chapter 5: Consistency with Locally Adopted Plans & Policies
Chapter 6: Alternatives
Chapter 7: Other CEQA Concerns
Chapter 8: Acronyms
Chapter 9: List Of EIR Preparers
Chapter 10: References
Chapter 11: Organizations And Persons Contacted

Volume II

Cover
Response to Comments
Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program

Board of Supervisors Adopted Isla Vista Master Plan, August 2007

The IVMP was adopted by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on August 21, 2007. Below is the Final Adopted Master Plan.

Cover - Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Transit and Circulation
Chapter 3 - Open Space and Parks
Chapter 4 - Focus Areas
Chapter 5 - Implementation
Plan Participants

Entire Report large document (21Mb)

2013 Annual Progress Report Update

Based on new information, the County recently decided to fold the proposed residential parking permit pilot program into a policy amendment within the updated IVMP. Over the last 10-year period, parking studies have shown an increase in the availability of on-street parking in the community. Implementation of alternative transportation projects and programs identified in the IVMP, especially Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) service changes, has had a positive effect on on-street parking availability. The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department has also been actively reconfiguring streets to increase parking, removing illegal red zones, and removing red zones associated with abandoned MTD bus stops in Isla Vista. Parking and Transit Action 1.1 would be amended to establish a monitoring and reporting program in Isla Vista with annual reports about the on-going parking capacity and vacancy rates in the community. To address these changes and several issues raised by Coastal Commission staff, the County will be adopting an amended IVMP and related zoning ordinance amendments and resubmitting the plan and zoning amendments to the Coastal Commission. The Board of Supervisors will reconsider and resubmit the IVMP and zoning amendments to the Coastal Commission in Summer 2015. The County anticipates that the Coastal Commission will consider certifying the IVMP and zoning amendments by early 2016.

Contacts:

Dan Klemann, Deputy Director: dklemann@countyofsb.org
David Lackie, Supervising Planner: dlackie@countyofsb.org

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Maps

Current Land Use Map 
Proposed Land Use Map
Current Zoning Map
Proposed Zoning Map