County of Santa Barbara 2023-2031 Housing Element Update


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Barbara County
Document Title
County of Santa Barbara 2023-2031 Housing Element Update
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Agricultural, commercial, and residential.
Document Description
The Notice of Preparation (NOP) and associated environmental scoping document describe the proposed County of Santa Barbara 2023-2031 Housing Element Update (HEU) (Project). The Housing Element is one of the 13 elements of the Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Plan (Comprehensive Plan). It is based on an assessment of current and projected housing needs and provides an inventory of sites available for residential development. The Housing Element details market, governmental, and physical constraints to housing production. It also identifies goals, policies, and programs to overcome these barriers and encourage residential development. The environmental scoping document provides a preliminary review of the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed HEU in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.). This scoping document, along with comments received in response to the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed HEU, will assist the County of Santa Barbara (County), as the lead agency for the preparation of the EIR, in identifying environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and range of alternatives that must be considered in the EIR.

Contact Information

Jessi Steele
Agency Name
County of Santa Barbara - Planning and Development
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Countywide, Southern California, Unincorporated
Other Location Info
Santa Barbara County

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Residential (Units 3738, Acres 400)
Local Actions
General Plan Update, General Plan Amendment, General Plan Element, Community Plan, Rezone
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cumulative Effects, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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