About the New Zoning Ordinance

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.

Why does Goleta need a new Zoning Ordinance?
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 ensure future growth is 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.

Where are we in the Zoning Ordinance update process?

On February 18, 2020, City Council conducted the first reading of the NZO. A second reading is scheduled for March 3, 2020. The NZO would go into effect on the 31st day after the second reading. 

Who can participate in the process?
All residents, business owners, and stakeholders within Goleta are encouraged to participate in the development of the new Zoning Ordinance.

How can I get involved? 

There are many ways to be involved: