Sea Center Revitalization

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Santa Barbara
Document Title
Sea Center Revitalization
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Stearns Wharf is Harbor Commercial Sea Center and the Nature Conservancy Provide visitor-serving and educational uses
Document Description
The proposed physical changes consist of the removal of the existing Sea Center building (two-story, 2,056 square feet) and the existing Nature Conservancy building (two-story, 1,059 square feet), and construction of a new two-story building comprising a total of 6,327 square feet (3,503 square feet on the first floor and 2,824 on the second floor). The project would result in the increase in 3,212 square feet of new non-residential square footage. The proposed new Sea Center building would have a building height of approximately 29'6". The existing 659 square foot outdoor touch tank would be removed and replaced with a 614 square foot outdoor oceanography lab. The new building would be set back 10 feet to 18 feet from the western edge of the Wharf structure. The setback from the existing eastern edge of the Wharf would be four feet. The applicant proposes to construct a 144 linear foot platform to the east of the proposed building that would be cantilevered on top of the existing Wharf deck to project five feet beyond the edge of the Wharf. The northern and southern ends of the platform would join the pier deck at 45-degree angles to avoid the potential of snagging or trapping runaway boats. On the south side of the new building, the applicant is proposing public restrooms.

Contact Information

Susan Reardon
Agency Name
City of Santa Barbara
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
State Street/Cabrillo Boulevard
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
U.S. 101
Southern Pacific
Pacific Ocean

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Educational (Public education of the Santa Barbara Channel)
Local Actions
Coastal Permit, Parking Mod, Community Priority Designation
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation
Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency

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