County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Hollister Avenue-State Street 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. Planning & Development and Public Works are working together throughout all phases of the project, which will improve all modes of transportation and create a safe and attractive corridor.

The streetscape component 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.

The roadway component includes road widening, drainage, medians, and railroad bridge replacement over Hollister Avenue to improve traffic circulation and vehicular and pedestrian safety. Public Works has additional information available, click here.

Recent Activities and Planning Process

We have studied the existing conditions of the corridor and prepared a First Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. We 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. We hosted the first of two open houses on May 25, 2017 at Vieja Valley Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room) to discuss the First Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. The event was well-attended and created a basis for more dialogue with the community. We are currently preparing the Second Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan, which will reflect SBAR's feedback and public input where feasible. We are also preparing a fact sheet and frequently-asked-questions page.

Upcoming Public Events

Your input is vital to the success of this project. Below is a schedule for upcoming events that will be continually refined.

1. SBAR review of Second Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. (July 7, 2017)
. Click here for the exhibits.

2. Open House with Second Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. (Summer 2017)

3. SBAR review of Final Draft Streetscape Improvements Plan. (Summer/Fall 2017)

4. Public Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Review Period. (Winter/Spring 2018)

Submit Comments

We welcome your ideas, comments, suggestions, or questions throughout all phases of this project.

Please contact Tom Park, Planner (see contact information below)., (805) 884-6836

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

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