City of Solvang General Plan Housing Element Update 2008-2014


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Solvang
Document Title
City of Solvang General Plan Housing Element Update 2008-2014
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
The Project is a City initiated General Plan Amendment to update the City's Housing Element as required by state law. The document quantifies the City's ability to meet and exceed the State's mandated allocation of 170 new housing units. The Housing Element update would potentially allow up to 456 new units at full build-out of the City. This new development would occur on existing vacant lots or land under the existing zoning. The proposed plan is intended to provide a range of housing types to meet the needs of all members of the community. Estimated build-out is based upon the maximum potential development allowable under the land use and zoning designations. Residential development sometimes does not build out to its fully allotted density dute to site constraints, market conditions, etc. The goal fo the residential build-out forecast is to provide a resonable worst case for impact analysis and the planning services, while not over estimating potential development levels. The proposed plan document would include programs and policies to: Provide public information regarding housing opportunities; Encourage resident participation in City housing programs; Conserve and rehabilitate affordable housing units; Accommodate housing for special needs groups, such as seniors and the homeless; Amend ordinances and prepare incentives to encourage development of affordable living units; Amend ordinances to assist greater levels of affordability with the new development; and Assure consistency with State requirements for energy conservation, density bonuses and non-traditional housing. Update Goals, Policies, and Program Items reflect the current residents' desires for their city. The proposed Element is consistent with the other General Plan Elements.

Contact Information

Shelley Stahl
Agency Name
City of Solvang
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
State Highways

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
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), Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency
Development Types
Residential (Units 456, Acres 142)
Local Actions
General Plan Update
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Economics/Jobs, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Population/Housing, Transportation, Vegetation, Wildfire

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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