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Santa Barbara to Begin General Plan Implementation

Council approves timeline for adopting modified zoning ordinances by July 2013

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

The City of Santa Barbara is developing an incentive program to encourage smaller unit sizes and smaller residential buildings as part of its implementation of General Plan updates, and on Tuesday the City Council approved the timeline that aims to have modified zoning ordinances adopted by July 2013.

The program’s components will be developed and reviewed by the City Council, the Planning Commission, the Architectural Board of Review and the Historic Landmarks Commission.

It focuses on the areas of downtown, the Milpas Street corridor, La Cumbre/Five Points and the Haley/Cota corridor where the most units per acre can be built, with an emphasis on rental, employer and co-op housing, according to principal planner John Ledbetter.

The program will end after eight years or 250 units have been developed.

In addition to changing rules to include only one parking spot per unit, Councilman Bendy White said he wants the program to encourage underground parking and more residential buildings in commercial districts.

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» on 04.10.12 @ 11:06 PM

There they go again, forcing us out of our cars!

» on 04.11.12 @ 02:58 PM

Is there a technical name yet for the mental impairment that causes the sufferer to perceive every act of local government as a malevolent plot to “force us out of our cars”?

» on 04.11.12 @ 03:04 PM

As someone who lives downtown, the parking requirements should NOT be reduced.

» on 04.13.12 @ 08:14 PM

Jayarr, the term you are looking for is called coercion, force or threats used to make somebody do something against his or her will. When government forces you to behave against your will in an action that has little benefit to the general welfare then that government is coercing you.

The government of the city of Santa Barbara has been doing this for so long, at the behest of small vocal nearly tyrannical factions, the business community and the residential community at large, have become used to it. Some of you even think it’s appropriate and the legal community largely ignores its duty to compel citizens to resist.

The role of government is to provide infrastructure and protect property and life, not tell you how to live or use coercive measures to force you to live a certain way to entertain small minority groups.

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