County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendments

The Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendments 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* Environmental Review

The County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development (P&D) Department is the lead agency preparing a focused Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with the purpose of informing decision-makers and the public regarding the potential environmental effects related to the project. The EIR will analyze the proposed Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment to assess the significance of any potential effects on the environment and where necessary, identify mitigation measures. 


The 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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