County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment

The Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment project will amend the Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) to address the permit requirements for hoop structures on agriculturally zoned lands in the inland areas of the unincorporated County of Santa Barbara.

About Hoops
Hoop structures are removable agricultural plant protection structures that shelter crops from the elements and enhance the growing environment. Hoop structures are widely used in the County to produce high value crops. Recent trends indicate that more farmers are using hoop structures and that they are using taller hoop structures. As agricultural practices evolve, these structures are being used for a wider variety of crops and varied farming methods. Hoop structures allow farmers flexibility with crop selection and rotation, as they can be (1) erected where needed to enhance production and to protect crops that are more sensitive to the elements, (2) moved to other parts of the farm when crops are rotated, and (3) removed entirely when crop selection indicates they are no longer needed.

*NEW* Draft Environmental Impact Report

The County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development (P&D) Department has prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the project. The DEIR was released on January 30, 2018, for 45 days of public review and comment. P&D will receive comments until the close of the public comment period at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

P&D is the lead agency preparing the focused EIR with the purpose of informing decision-makers and the public regarding the potential environmental effects related to the project. The EIR analyzes the proposed Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment to assess the significance of any potential effects on the environment and where necessary, identifies mitigation measures.

Draft Environmental Impact Report

The public comment period is now closed.

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Draft EIR
Draft EIR by Chapter
Notice of Availability

The public may comment on the adequacy of the DEIR by providing testimony at the public comment hearings (information below) and/or submitting written comments to Julie Harris at 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or via email at prior to the close of the public comment period on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.

To inquire about obtaining hard copies of the Draft EIR contact:
Vincent Tessitore
B2B Print Services
3415 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Please allow one to two working days to order copies.

DEIR Environmental Comment Hearings

Monday, February 26, 2018, 5:30 P.M.

Betteravia Government Center
511 Lakeside Parkway
Santa Maria


Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:30 P.M.

Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara


Notice of Preparation

The Comment Period is Closed.

Notice of Preparation


Please email staff with any comments or questions

Dan Klemann, Deputy Director:
David Lackie, Supervising Planner:
Julie Harris, Senior Planner:
Steven Counts Imara, Planner:

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