Letter from Geoge Buell, City Planning Director, re: ADUs

For your information:

As you are likely aware, at this time City staff is following state law with respect to ADUs.  However, we have just entered into a contract with a firm that will be helping craft a local ordinance that provides a better suited ADU regulatory structure to Santa Barbara.  The state law under which we are now operating is fairly broad, and it does not prohibit ADUs in high fire areas.  However, a locally adopted ordinance can be crafted to exclude ADUs where those units cause public safety and other impacts.

I will ask that Renee Brooke or her staff to provide you with additional detail, such as process, timing and scope.  In the meantime, you can view additional information on our ADU web page here:  http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/services/planning/mpe/accessory_dwelling_units.asp

If questions remain after you receive the additional information, let me know.



George Buell
Community Development Director
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA, Community Development
(805) 564-5503 | gbuell@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

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