General Plan and Title 17 (Zoning) Amendments to Implement Housing Element 2023-2031 Programs and Other Amendments to Title 17 (Case Nos. 21-0002-GPA and 23-000


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Goleta
Document Title
General Plan and Title 17 (Zoning) Amendments to Implement Housing Element 2023-2031 Programs and Other Amendments to Title 17 (Case Nos. 21-0002-GPA and 23-000
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed amendments to the Land Use Element of the General Plan / Coastal Land Use Plan and Title 17 (Zoning) of the Goleta Municipal Code address State law consistency, implement the Housing Element 2023-2031, remedy issues identified during early implementation, and provide clarity to existing regulations. The topics for these amendments include: • Housing Element 2023-2031 Implementation related to Approval Needed for Mixed-Use Housing, Height Standards, Lot Coverage Standards, Shared Parking Approvals, inclusionary Housing Procedures, and Emergency Shelters. • State law consistency related to Density Bonus, Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, and Accessory Dwelling Units. • Minor Revisions related to Planned Residential (RP) Zone District Street Side Setbacks, Allowances for Boarding Kennels, Sign Materials, Sign Area Allowances, Development Thresholds for Minor Changes to Zoning Permits, Exemption for Certain Interior Floor Area Expansions, and Expiration and Time Extensions for Substantial Conformity Determinations and Amendments. • Other Clarifying Revisions.

Contact Information

Andy Newkirk
Agency Name
City of Goleta
Job Title
Supervising Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Cross Streets

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
21083.3; 15060(c)(3); §15378(a); §15378(b)(5); §15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The amendments are also exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines because the activity is covered by the general rule which exempts activities that can be seen with certainty to have no possibility for causing a significant effect on the environment. Furthermore, pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21083.3 and CEQA Guidelines Section 15183, projects that are consistent with the development density of existing zoning, community plan, or General Plan policies for which an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was certified shall be exempt from additional CEQA analysis, except as may be necessary to determine whether there are project-specific significant effects that are peculiar to the project or site that would otherwise require additional CEQA review. There is no new substantial information indicating that the impacts of adopting the amendments will be more severe than described in the General Plan EIR and there are no cumulative or off-site impacts from the proposed amendments that were not addressed in the General Plan EIR. Finally, on December 5, 2023, the City Council adopted Resolution 23-63, adopting an Addendum to the Goleta General Plan/Coastal Land Use Plan EIR (State Clearinghouse No. 2005031151), which was certified in October 2006 by the City Council. The Addendum analyzed the environmental impacts of the actions taken in this ordinance related to Housing Element 2023-2031 implementation. The resolution to adopt the Addendum satisfied the City Council’s obligations under the CEQA with respect to adopting the amended Housing Element 2023-2031 and amending the General Plan and Title 17 of the Goleta Municipal Code as detailed in the Housing Element 2023-2031 and none of the conditions in Public Resources Code section 21166 or State CEQA Guidelines section 15162 apply. Thus, no further environmental review is required for the amendments to implement the Housing Element 2023-2031 as adoption of those amendments falls within the scope of the adopted Addendum and previously certified EIR.
County Clerk
Santa Barbara


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