NEW BUILDING SIZE REGULATIONS - ONLINE WORKSHOP - CLOSED

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The City's Online Workshop for New Residential Building Size Standards has closed. There will be more opportunities for you to share your opinions on this topic in the future. Please join our email list here for updates on the project and future hearing dates.


For a quick explanation on regulating by building size, click here and watch an informative video on Floor-to-lot Area Ratio here.

This Online Workshop has closed.

We are excited to announce the City's new community outreach portal. This Online Workshop expands opportunities for community engagement, allowing you to share your thoughts and collaborate with other community members and City decision-makers about the future of multi-unit (apartments and condominiums) housing opportunities in our community.

We’re creating new standards to regulate building size for apartments and condominiums, and facilitate the construction of new housing in Santa Barbara and we need your input! These new building size standards aim to promote better community design, sensitivity to historic resources, more clarity in community expectations, and the opportunity for additional smaller units. Information provided from this Online Workshop will be shared with City Council and will help guide changes to the standards for apartments and condominiums.

This Online Workshop will be open from February 19th - March 3rd. Please register, at the upper right-hand side of the page, to participate and take part in one or all of the following activities.

We especially want your input on the appropriate residential building sizes for apartments and condominiums.

Below is information about building size standards and existing buildings.

  • Explore the Background on current apartment and condominium standards and why we are creating new standards.
  • Learn about Floor-to-lot Area Ratios or FAR and how this tool can be used to regulate apartment and condominium building sizes and create more housing and appropriately sized buildings in our community.
  • Get familiar with different building sizes in the City by exploring A Map with pictures of buildings (residential and commercial) and their sizes to give you an idea of what is on the ground today.

You’re encouraged to share your experiences and housing preferences.

Want to share your general thoughts on the project? Tell us what you think.

This Online Workshop has closed.

We are excited to announce the City's new community outreach portal. This Online Workshop expands opportunities for community engagement, allowing you to share your thoughts and collaborate with other community members and City decision-makers about the future of multi-unit (apartments and condominiums) housing opportunities in our community.

We’re creating new standards to regulate building size for apartments and condominiums, and facilitate the construction of new housing in Santa Barbara and we need your input! These new building size standards aim to promote better community design, sensitivity to historic resources, more clarity in community expectations, and the opportunity for additional smaller units. Information provided from this Online Workshop will be shared with City Council and will help guide changes to the standards for apartments and condominiums.

This Online Workshop will be open from February 19th - March 3rd. Please register, at the upper right-hand side of the page, to participate and take part in one or all of the following activities.

We especially want your input on the appropriate residential building sizes for apartments and condominiums.

Below is information about building size standards and existing buildings.

  • Explore the Background on current apartment and condominium standards and why we are creating new standards.
  • Learn about Floor-to-lot Area Ratios or FAR and how this tool can be used to regulate apartment and condominium building sizes and create more housing and appropriately sized buildings in our community.
  • Get familiar with different building sizes in the City by exploring A Map with pictures of buildings (residential and commercial) and their sizes to give you an idea of what is on the ground today.

You’re encouraged to share your experiences and housing preferences.

Want to share your general thoughts on the project? Tell us what you think.

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Building Size Mapping 2.0

3 months

For mapping instructions click here.

What should maximum building sizes be in different areas of the City? Show us what you think by dropping pins in the colored areas, which indicate where apartments and condominiums can be built today.

Click here for examples of building sizes that correspond with each pin color. It is helpful to leave these examples open during the activity. 

If you think the maximum building size for a given area should be 2.0, grab a green pin and drag & drop it in that area. Then, leave us a comment and let us know your reasoning. 

Please note:

We are not seeking a lot-by-lot analysis in this activity. One building size pin category per color section is sufficient, regardless of where you drop it. Please keep your pin count to less than 30 pins per user.  This will allow everyone a chance to participate. 

If you want to give additional input, please do so by adding a comment to your pin, taking our building size survey, share your thoughts with staff here, or share your thoughts with other users in our discussion forum.

Instructions:

1. Toggle to zoom in and out of the map, found on the right bottom corner. As you zoom in other user pins will be shown.

2. Click to add a pin, found on the top left, and then click a pin and drag it to the map.

3. This toolallows you to only see your pins or filter pins for certain building sizes.

4. Click the to return to these instructions.

5. For a map legend of the proposed draft building size boundaries click here.

If you have questions about this tool please email Jmetzger@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.


CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.
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Building Size Map - Exercise Closed