County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Agricultural Buffer Ordinance

The Agricultural Buffer Ordinance implements adopted Comprehensive Plan policies that assure and enhance the continuation of agriculture as a major viable production industry in Santa Barbara County through establishing development standards that provide for buffers between agricultural uses and new non-agricultural development. Agricultural buffers are intended to minimize potential conflicts between agricultural and adjacent land uses that result from noise, dust, light, and odor incidental to normal agricultural operations as well as potential conflicts originating from residential and other non-agricultural uses (e.g., domestic pets, insect pests, and invasive weeds).

Project Status

On April 9, 2013, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Agricultural Buffer Ordinance for the inland areas of the County. This includes amendments to the County Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) and the Montecito Land Use and Development Code (MLUDC). On April 16, 2013, the Board voted unanimously to adopt amendments to Chapter 21, Land Division. Staff will be submitting the Agricultural Buffer Ordinance to the California Coastal Commission for certificaiton later this year. During the process staff worked closely with the Agricultural Advisory Committee, the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner's Office and an ad-hoc Agricultural Buffer Ordinance Working Group. Therefore, the Agricultural Buffer Ordinance represents consensus between the agricultural, development and environmental communities.

Adopted Agricultural Buffer Ordinance

Environmental Document

Hearings and Reports

Board of Supervisors Hearing

County Planning Commission Staff Reports (includes attachments)

Montecito Planning Commission Staff Reports (includes attachments)

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