County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Montecito Architectural Guidelines and Development Standards Limited Update

The Montecito Architectural Guidelines and Development Standards (adopted May 16, 1995) (Architectural Guidelines) provide guidance to architects, property owners, and the Montecito Board of Architectural Review (MBAR) for the design and review of projects within the Montecito Community Plan Area.

Experience with the Architectural Guidelines demonstrates that some provisions may allow new homes that are substantially larger and taller than surrounding homes. Community members have expressed concerns that such development is contrary to the goals of the Architectural Guidelines, including the goals "To preserve, protect and enhance the existing semi-rural environment of Montecito;" "To ensure neighborhood compatibility of all projects;" and "To ensure that architecture and landscaping respect the privacy of immediate neighbors."

The primary purpose of the Montecito Architectural Guidelines Limited Update is to provide a focused update addressing the following five topics that affect community character:

1. Height Definition
2. Height Measurement Methodology
3. Hillside Height Limits for Buildings and Retaining Walls
4. Basement Definition
5. Floor Area Definition

The project also proposes amendments to the Montecito Land Use and Development Code and Article II-Coastal Zoning Ordinance (zoning ordinances) as necessary to provide consistency between the ordinances and the architectural guidelines.

Project Status and Schedule

NEW! On May 17, 2016 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Montecito Architectural Guidelines and Development Standards Limited Update, as recommended by the Montecito Planning Commission. The updates took effect in inland Montecito on June 17, 2016 for projects that have not yet received preliminary approval by the MBAR. The California Coastal Commission certified the updates in the Coastal Zone on September 8, 2016. The updates took effect in the Coastal Zone of Montecito as of September 8, 2016, for projects that have not yet received preliminary approval by the MBAR

The Planning and Development Department completed background research and solicited public input during the Spring and Summer of 2015 by conducting a public workshop and presenting project topics at meetings of the MBAR and the Montecito Association. Staff returned to the MBAR and Montecito Association during Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 with recommendations to revise the Architectural Guidelines and zoning ordinances. Decision-maker public hearings on the project are anticipated to begin in Winter 2016.

Public Workshop and Hearings

Public outreach is an important component of the project. Please re-visit our website to review draft documents and obtain specific information on dates and locations of the public input opportunities.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
May 17, 2016

Meeting Location
Santa Barbara County Administration Building
Board Hearing Room, Fourth Floor
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Meeting Materials
Board Letter
Attachment 1 - Findings
Attachment 2 - Notice of Exemption
Attachment 3 - Board of Supervisors Resolution
Exhibit 1 - Montecito Architectural Guidelines and Development Standards
Attachment 4 - MLUDC Amendment
Attachment 5 - Article II Amendment
Attachment 6 - Montecito Planning Comission Action Letter
Attachment 7 - Staff Report to the Montecito Planning Commission
Attachment 8 - Public Comments to the Montecito Planning Commission

MONTECITO PLANNING COMMISSION (MPC)
March 23, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.

Meeting Location
Santa Barbara County
Planning Commission Hearing Room
Engineering Building, Room 17
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Meeting Materials
Agenda
Staff Report
Attachment A - Findings
Attachment B - Notice of Exemption
Attachment C - MPC Resolution
Attachment C-1 - Draft Board of Supervisors
Resolution

Exhibit 1 - Montecito Architectural Guidelines
and Development Standards

Attachment C-2 - Draft MLUDC Amendment
Attachment C-3 - Draft Article II Amendment
Attachment D - Method 1 Proportional Method
Attachment E - Method 3,800 sq. ft. + 50%
Attachment F - MBAR Minutes

MONTECITO BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW (MBAR)
January 25, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.
February 8, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

Meeting Location
Santa Barbara County
Planning Commission Hearing Room
Engineering Building, Room 17
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Meeting Materials
MBAR Agenda (February 8, 2016 Meeting)
MBAR Agenda (January 25, 2016 Meeting)

PowerPoint Presentation (Planning and Development, January 25, 2016)

MONTECITO BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW (MBAR)
December 14, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

Meeting Location
Santa Barbara County
Planning Commission Hearing Room
Engineering Building, Room 17
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Meeting Materials
MBAR Agenda

PowerPoint Presentation (Planning and Development)

MONTECITO ASSOCIATION LAND USE COMMITTEE MEETING
December 1, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.

Meeting Location
Montecito Library
1469 East Valley Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Meeting Materials
Meeting Agenda

PUBLIC WORKSHOP
July 14, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.

Public Workshop Location
Westmont College
Founders Room (Inside the Dining Commons)
955 La Paz Road
Montecito, CA 93108

Westmont College Campus Map

Public Workshop Materials
Public Workshop Agenda (July 14, 2015)

1) PowerPoint Presentation (Planning and Development)

2) Key Topics Summary Handout
(Planning and Development, July 2015)

MONTECITO BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW (MBAR)
May 4, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
June 1, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

Meeting Location
Santa Barbara County
Planning Commission Hearing Room
Engineering Building, Room 17
123 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Meeting Materials
MBAR Agenda (May 4, 2015 Meeting)
MBAR Agenda (June 1, 2015 Meeting)

1) Key Topics Summary Handout
(Planning and Development, May 2015)

2) Toro Canyon Plan Area
Development Standards (LUDC)

3) Summerland Community Plan Area
Development Standards (LUDC)

Public Comment
Position Paper (Montecito Association, October 2009)

 

 

 

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Contacts

Dan Klemann, Deputy Director: dklemann@countyofsb.org
Allen Bell, Supervising Planner: abell@countyofsb.org, (805) 568-2056
Julie Harris, Planner: jharris@countyofsb.org, (805) 568-3543