County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Hollister Avenue-State Street Streetscape Improvements Project

Santa Barbara County is planning important roadway and streetscape improvements for Hollister Avenue-State Street, a 1.25 mile corridor stretching from San Antonio Road/Auhay Drive to State Route 154. The County Planning and Development Department (P&D) is responsible for streetscape improvements. The County Public Works Department is designing roadway improvements and maintains a separate webpage, click here. Both departments are working together throughout all phases of the project, which will improve all modes of transportation and create a safe and attractive corridor.

P&D’s streetscape project will plan lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, bus stop shelters, landscaping, intersection improvements, and public art. These improvements will create a “sense of place” and help transform the corridor into a vibrant, attractive, and safe gateway into Eastern Goleta Valley that is accessible to all users, including persons with disabilities, pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit users.

Public Works’ roadway project includes road widening, drainage, medians, and railroad bridge replacement over Hollister Avenue to improve traffic circulation and vehicular and pedestrian safety.

Artistic rendering of potential streetscape improvements.

Recent Activities and Planning Process

P&D has studied the existing conditions of the corridor and prepared a First Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. P&D presented this draft plan to the South Board of Architectural Review (SBAR) for comments on February 17, 2017. The SBAR meeting minutes are available, click here. A series of open houses and additional presentations to SBAR will be the next steps to refine the draft plan. P&D staff will present the final plan to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The project will then be included in the County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and eligible for construction funding.

Upcoming Public Events

Your input is vital to the success of this project. Our first of two community workshops is scheduled for 6 PM on May 25, 2017 at Vieja Valley Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room) to discuss the First Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. The workshop will last for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Everyone is invited to attend and P&D will mail flyers with more details to the surrounding community, click here. Below is a schedule for upcoming events that will be continually refined. Please re-visit our website in the future for specific dates, locations, and meeting materials.

1. NEW! Community Workshop with First Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. Please join us at Vieja Valley Elementary School on May 25 at 6 PM. Check back soon for more details.

2. SBAR review of Second Draft Preliminary Plan. (June 2017)

3. Community Workshop with Second Draft Preliminary Plan. (June 2017)

4. SBAR review of Final Preliminary Plan. (Summer 2017)

5. Planning Commission hearing. (Summer 2017)

6. Board of Supervisors hearing. (Summer/Fall 2017)

Submit Comments

We welcome your ideas, comments, suggestions, or questions throughout all phases of this project. Please contact Thomas Park (see contact information below).

Join Our Mailing List

Join our mailing list to receive information about Hollister Avenue-State Street Streetscape Project workshops, hearings, and other activities. Please email Terry Rodriguez at


Please contact P&D if you have questions related to landscaping, lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, bike lanes, or other streetscape improvements.
Dan Klemann, Deputy Director:
Allen Bell, Supervising Planner:, (805) 568-2056
Thomas Park, Planner:, (805) 884-6836

Please contact Public Works if you have questions related to road widening, railroad bridge replacement, medians, drainage, right-of-way acquisition, Atascadero Creek culvert replacement, construction, or other road improvements.
Diana Estorga, Project Manager:, (805) 739-8763