County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

State Density Bonus Law Update

Santa Barbara County’s zoning ordinances offer density bonuses, incentives, and/or concessions for eligible affordable and senior housing projects and child care facilities. These zoning ordinance provisions are intended to implement the state-mandated Density Bonus Program (Government Code Sections 65915-65918) and the housing goals and policies included in the Santa Barbara County 2015-2023 Housing Element Update.

The County Planning and Development Department's (P&D) Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Work Program includes implementation of the State Density Bonus Law (SDBL) Update. This project will amend the County’s zoning ordinances to comply with recent changes to State law and expand opportunities for the development of affordable housing in the unincorporated county.

On September 28, 2016, Governor Brown signed four assembly bills amending State Density Bonus Law. These bills went into effect January 1, 2017 and include the following key changes:

To comply with these changes to state law, the County proposes to amend the Montecito Land Use and Development Code (MLUDC), the County Land Use and Development Code (LUDC), and the Coastal Zoning Ordinance (CZO).

Project Schedule
Staff is analyzing the new bills and researching potential zoning ordinance amendments. Staff expects to present the zoning ordinance amendments at public hearings of the Montecito Planning Commission, County Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors in spring 2018.

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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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Jessi Steele, Planner: (805)884-8082


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