Draft Zoning Ordinance Now Available for Your Review


Following a year-long process of public meetings, the City’s Draft Zoning Ordinance is available via download for review and comment. City staff hosted dozens of public meetings to gather input from stakeholders, City departments, Design Review Board, Planning Commission, and the City Council throughout the process. The ordinance reflects input received during the public review process and is the first comprehensive zoning ordinance prepared since City incorporation.

The purpose of zoning is to achieve a community’s overall vision for its physical look and feel, and the shape of its future development. The new draft ordinance allows for a more user-friendly and efficient process that will be consistent with the City’s adopted General Plan / Coastal Land Use Plan. It determines what uses are allowed on your property, how high a building can be, or how far away it should be from the street.

“The City’s first zoning ordinance offers us an unprecedented opportunity to align our development standards and permitting procedures process with the General Plan.” said Councilmember Paula Perotte.
If you are a community or neighborhood group and want to meet with staff to discuss the Draft Zoning Ordinance, call 805-961-7548 to request an appointment. Upcoming formal public workshop dates will be announced in January 2016.

Visit www.GoletaZoning.com to download the Draft Zoning Ordinance with a companion User Guide. Other information such as existing versus proposed development standards, existing/proposed zoning and land use data by parcel and address are also available online. Use this website to sign up for future meeting notices.