County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Montecito Architectural Guidelines and Development Standards Limited Update, Phase II

Detached Accessory Structures

The Board of Supervisors adopted the Montecito Architectural Guidelines and Development Standards Limited Update (Phase I) on May 17, 2016. In part, Phase I revised the “house net floor area” to include attached accessory structures and partly underground basements. Late in the planning process, some residents raised concerns that these revisions may lead to a proliferation of detached accessory structures. (House net floor area does not include detached accessory structures.)

The Montecito Land Use and Development Code (MLUDC) and Coastal Zoning Ordinance (CZO) contain standards that regulate the size and height of individual detached accessory structures. However, some of these standards are unclear and, as a result, some detached accessory structures are relatively large and tall. These may not be compatible with the size, bulk, and scale of other residential development in the surrounding neighborhood. In additional, the Montecito Architecural Guidelines and Development Standards (Guidelines) do not regulate the size or number of detachedaccessory structures.

To address this potential issue, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to consider Guidelines and/or zoning ordinance amendments to limit the size and/or number of detached accessorybuildings (DABs) on residential lots in Montecito. The overall goal is to preserve, protect, and enhance the existing semi-rural character of Montecito.

Project Status and Schedule

NEW The Montecito Floor Area Calculator and Project Statistics Worksheet has been updated to reflect the new guidelines related to the calculation of detached accessory building floor area.

The Guidelines have also been updated to reflect the adopted amendments discussed below.

On February 27, 2018, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the Guidelines Limited Update, Phase II and associated amendments to the MLUDC, CZO, and Guidelines. These amendments result in the clarification of several existing zoning regulations and limitations on the size and/or number of detached accessory buildings on residential lots in Montecito as follows:

1. Clarify the current building footprint limitation for unenclosed portions of detached accessory buildings (e.g., carports and covered patios) (MLUDC and CZO).

2. Limit the height of two-story combined detached accessory buildings in the Inland Area (MLUDC).

3. Clarify the current rear setback limit for detached accessory structures (MLUDC and CZO).

4. Limit the lot coverage of all buildings to 40 percent of the gross lot area (MLUDC and CZO).

5. Add guidelines to limit the floor area of detached accessory buildings (Guidelines).

The adopted Guidelines and MLUDC amendments went into effect in the Inland Area on March 30, 2018. The adopted CZO amendments and Guidelines applicable the Coastal Zone will go into effect upon review and certification by the California Coastal Commission (CCC).

NEW On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the CCC will hold a public hearing to consider the certification of the Article II and Guidelines amendments as minor amendments to the County's Local Coastal Program. For additional hearing information, please see the agenda posted below.

Public Hearings and Meetings


UPCOMING MEETINGS
California Coastal Commission Hearing Related Documents

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf
555 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Agenda (LINK)

PAST MEETINGS
Board of Supervisors Hearing Related Documents

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Hearing begins at 9:00 AM
Board of Supervisors Hearing Room
105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Minute Order (PDF)

Board Letter (PDF)

Guidelines Amendments (PDF)

MLUDC Amendments (PDF)

CZO Amendments (PDF)

Montecito Planning Commission Hearing Related Documents

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Hearing begins at 9:00 AM
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Agenda and staff report (LINK)

Staff presentation (PDF)

Action Letter (PDF)

Approved Minutes (PDF)

Montecito Board of Architectural Review Hearing Related Documents

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Hearing begins at 1:10 PM
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Agenda (PDF)

Staff presentation (PPT)

Handouts (PDF)

Approved Minutes (PDF)

Montecito Board of Architectural Review Hearing Related Documents

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Hearing begins at 1:00 PM
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Agenda (PDF)

Staff presentation (PDF)

Handouts (PDF)

Approved Minutes (PDF)

Community Workshop Related Documents

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Westmont College Founders Room
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Workshop flyer (PDF)

Agenda (PDF)

Staff presentation (PDF)

Group handouts (PDF)

Montecito Planning Commission Hearing Related Documents

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Hearing begins at 9:00 AM
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Agenda and staff report (PDF)

Marked agenda (PDF)

Staff presentation (PDF)

The Montecito Planning Commission received a briefing regarding detached accessory structures and provided initial comments and recommendations regarding potential amendments to the Guidelines, MLUDC, and CZO. No action was taken. The Commission provided initial direction to staff on the four issues presented in the staff report. Please see the marked agenda for additional information.

Montecito Board of Architectural Review Hearing Related Documents

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hearing begins at 1:00 PM
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Approved Minutes (PDF)

Montecito Board of Architectural Review Hearing Related Documents

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Hearing begins at 1:00 PM
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Approved Minutes (PDF)

To initiate Phase II, staff attended meetings of the Montecito Board of Architectural Review (MBAR) to gather input on perceived issues and potential solutions.


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We welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions or questions you may have throughout all stages of this project. Please contact the Long Range Planning Division via email.

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Contacts

Jessi Steele, Planner: jsteele@countyofsb.org, (805) 884-8082

 

All comments sent to the above email addresses are part of the public record and subject to the Public Records Act.