County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance

There are approximately 20 mobilehome parks in the unincorporated County, which provide more than 2,000 homes for County residents. These mobilehome parks provide a unique and affordable stock of housing, which can be threatened by closure or conversion to other land uses when property owners pursue alternative forms of development.     

California State Law (Government Code Sections 65863.7 and 66427.4) allows local jurisdictions, such as the County, to regulate the closure of mobilehome parks and specify the assistance which shall be provided to any residents who are displaced by a park closure. The County is currently developing a Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance, which, upon adoption, would: indicate what permits are required to close a mobilehome park, specify what information must be provided in a Closure Impact Report, and clarify what relocation assistance would be available to mobilehome owners or renters who would be displaced by the closure of a park or its conversion to another land use.

Official Board of Supervisors Adopted Ordinance

On March 13, 2012, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance, with revisions to the Planning Commission recommended draft. The final versions can be found here:

Final Board Adopted Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance (LUDC)
Final Board Adopted Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance (Article II)

The Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance is in effect in the Inland Area of the unincorporated County. On May 1, 2012, the County forwarded the amendments to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance (Article II) to the California Coastal Commission for certification.

March 13, 2012, Board of Supervisors Adoption Hearing

The Board of Supervisors held a hearing on March 13, 2012, to consider adoption of the Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance. On February 1, 2012, the County Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the Board adopt the ordinance with suggested revisions from the Planning Commission. The Board Agenda Letter and draft ordinances, with Planning Commission revisions in strikeout/underline format, can be found here:

Board Agenda Letter - March 13, 2012
Planning Commission Recommended Draft Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance (LUDC)

Planning Commission Recommended Draft Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance (Article II)

February 1, 2012, Continued Planning Commission Hearing

On February 1, 2012, the Planning Commission met to consider the Draft Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance. Staff prepared a memorandum to the Commission elaborating on requests for additional information from the Commissioners at the December 14, 2011 hearing. The memorandum can be found here:

Additional Information for Review of the Draft Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance

Staff's recommendation to the Planning Commission remained unchanged from the December 14, 2011 hearing, and can be found in the Planning Commission Staff Report, below, along with the proposed ordinance amendments. The hearing took place in the South County Planning Commissiong Hearing Room at 123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara. The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend adoption with revisions to the Board of Supervisors. Please see the section above for the version recommended by the Planning Commission, with changes tracked in strikeout/underline format.

December 14, 2011, Planning Commission Hearing

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission held a hearing on December 14, 2011 to consider the Draft Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance. After hearing staff's presentation and public comments, the Planning Commission made a motion to continue the hearing until February 1, 2012. The Staff Report and updated draft ordinances can be found here:

Planning Commission Staff Report
Draft Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance (LUDC)
Draft Mobilehome Park Closure Ordinance (Article II)

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We welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions or questions you may have about the ordinance preparation and process. Please submit these to the Long Range Planning Division via email.

 

Contacts

Allen Bell, Supervising Planner: abell@countyofsb.org