515 West Los Olivos Street Housing Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Santa Barbara
Document Title
515 West Los Olivos Street Housing Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Proposal to demolish the existing 1,052-square-foot single-family residence and 152-square-foot detached accessory building and construct a new residential housing development that includes 25 studio units. The project consists of a three-unit, two-story building and a 22-unit, three-story building on a 12,640-square-foot lot. The 25-unit development is proposed to be 20 percent rent-restricted by providing 5 low-income units. The proposed project at 515 West Los Olivos Street is a “builder’s remedy” project. The application was submitted on September 18, 2023, before the City’s Housing Element was certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Builder’s Remedy arises from a subsection of the Housing Accountability Act (Government Code sec. 65589.5) and is intended to allow developers to bypass local agencies’ objective zoning codes and General Plan policies when a local agency’s Housing Element is out of compliance and the housing development project proposes to construct at least 20 percent low-income or 100 percent moderate-income units.

Contact Information

Julia Pujo
Agency Name
City of Santa Barbara
Job Title
Environmental Analyst
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
West Los Olivos Street and Oak Park Lane
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
U.S. 101
Union Pacific Railroad
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Mission Creek
Other Information
Adams Elementary School, La Cumbre Junior High School, Harding University Partnership School, Monroe Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Washington Elementary School

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resource Code § 21155.1
Reasons for Exemption
SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, exempts transit priority projects consistent with an adopted Sustainable Communities Strategy from CEQA. Projects qualifying for the Sustainable Communities Project exemption include transit-oriented residential or mixed-use projects that meet requirements listed under PRC § 21155.1. Per § 21155.1, if the legislative body finds, after conducting a public hearing, that a transit priority project meets all the requirements of the section, the transit priority project is declared to be a “sustainable communities project” and shall be exempt from CEQA. Staff analyzed the project for consistency with the requirements under Public Resources Code § 21155.1 and found that it qualifies for the CEQA exemption for transit priority projects (see Attachment 1 – Environmental Review for details). On June 25, 2024, Santa Barbara City Council conducted a public hearing and determined that the proposed housing development project is a sustainable communities project and is exempt from further environmental review (see Attachment 2 – City of Santa Barbara City Council Minutes, June 25, 2024). The Architectural Board of Review approved the project, granting Project Design Approval, on July 8, 2024.
County Clerk
Santa Barbara


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