What is the Zoning Ordinance and why is it important?
The Zoning Ordinance is one of the most influential regulatory documents to shape the future of Goleta. It is intended to implement the land use and design goals in Goleta’s General Plan and other City policies, be consistent with State and federal law, and provide a basis for reviewing applications for new construction as well as alterations and additions to existing buildings.
Goleta’s current Zoning Ordinance was inherited from Santa Barbara County upon incorporation and does not reflect best zoning and planning practices that are appropriate for an independent city. It is not effective in implementing the land use and design goals in the General Plan and other City policies. The purpose of the new Zoning Ordinance is to create an effective set of land use and development regulations that ensures future growth to be consistent with the General Plan, is clear and easy to use, and provides objective standards and criteria for use in the development review and permitting process that will result in high quality development.
What regulations are changing?
The proposed changes to the zoning regulations can be organized into three broad categories:
While zoning regulations are changing, the majority of the changes are to make the zoning easier to use and understand or to make the regulations consistent with provisions that already apply. Therefore, the effective changes to the use and development of property is limited.
What has been the process for development of the New Zoning Ordinance?
Outreach activities, for the previous Public Review Draft, including Planning Commission and public workshops, Open Houses, a Planning Commission page-turn review, and stakeholder meetings, began in January 2016 and were completed in May 2016. After this outreach effort, revisions to the Public Review Draft were made and compiled into the Revised Draft Zoning Ordinance, which was released on January 31, 2019. Since that time, City staff has been engaged in additional outreach efforts described below. Project documents can be found on the Documents page of this website and information on past and upcoming meetings is available on the Meetings page of this website.
Who can participate in the process for development of the New Zoning Ordinance?
All residents, business owners, and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the development of the New Zoning Ordinance. City staff are available to meet with anyone who has any questions or wants more information on the New Zoning Ordinance. Please call (805) 961-7557 to schedule a meeting.
Can anyone request a meeting to discuss the new Zoning Ordinance?
Yes! City staff are available to meet with anyone who has any questions or wants more information on the new Zoning Ordinance.
What is the process for requesting a meeting?
Please call (805) 961-7557 and leave your contact information. City staff will contact you to schedule a meeting.
How do I comment on the draft Zoning Ordinance?
The easiest way to provide the City comments is through the Public Comments page on this website. Comments can also be provided by participating in workshops and Open Houses, the dates and times of these events can be found on the Meetings page; emailing Anne Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org; or submitting comments in writing at City of Goleta; 130 Cremona, Suite B; Goleta, CA 93117.
Will the City consider all comments received?
Yes. City staff will consider all comments received on the Revised Draft Zoning Ordinance and will determine how best to incorporate into the Zoning Ordinance. These revisions which will be considered at future public meetings.
Where are we in the Zoning Ordinance update process?
On January 31, 2019, the City released the Revised Draft New Zoning Ordinance. The City is currently engaged in public workshops with the Planning Commission to review the Revised Draft New Zoning Ordinance. As of April 29, 2019, 8 of 9 workshops have been conducted.
What efforts have been made to involve the public in the New Zoning Ordinance Update?
Outreach activities completed as of April 2019 regarding the Revised Draft New Zoning Ordinance encompass four public Open Houses, two meetings with the Ordinance Review Standing Committee, three meetings with the Design Review Board, and eight workshops with Planning Commission Workshops. Previous outreach activities completed since 2016 include eight public workshops with the Planning Commission and three Open Houses. Information on past and upcoming meetings is on the Meetings page of this website.
The City has and continues to utilize a variety of methods to encourage public participation in the new Zoning Ordinance project. Notice of public workshops and Open Houses were posted on the website, through email notifications to people who signed up for notifications, at City Hall, and the Goleta Library. When new material or information becomes available, the City sends out email notifications to individuals who have signed up for notifications and updates at GoletaZoning.com.
What are the next steps in the Zoning Ordinance update process?
Once the City concludes the Planning Commission workshops, City staff will prepare a Public Hearing Draft of the New Zoning Ordinance. This Public Hearing Draft will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council at public hearings that will likely occur this Fall.