Final Workshops for Input on the City’s New Zoning Ordinance

There are two more opportunities to provide input on the City’s Revised Draft New Zoning Ordinance. Attend a Joint Planning Commission/City Council Workshop on May 7 at 6:00 p.m and/or a Planning Commission Workshop on May 9 at 6:00 p.m. Both will take place in Goleta City Hall Council Chambers (130 Cremona Drive, Suite B).

The Zoning Ordinance is one of the most influential regulatory documents that ultimately shapes, and will continue to form, the future of Goleta. On January 31, 2019, the City released the Revised Draft New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) along with new opportunities for public input. All residents, business owners and stakeholders within Goleta are encouraged to participate in the development of the New Zoning Ordinance. The Revised Draft NZO is in response to the feedback staff received from the public and Planning Commissioners on a Draft New Zoning Ordinance released in 2016.

With the release of the Revised Draft NZO earlier this year, public engagement opportunities were made available through a series of Open Houses, Planning Commission workshops, Design Review Board meetings, and City Council Ordinance Standing Committee meetings. The Planning Commission workshops covered a range of key topics identified by the public and the Planning Commission during and after the public review of the initial 2016 draft. Workshop topics included: landscaping/lighting, appropriate review bodies and permit procedures, signs, open space, Floor Area Ratio (FAR), parking regulations and housing. These workshops provided an interactive review and discussion of possible steps for moving forward to address the proposed changes.

We hope to see you at our upcoming workshops on May 7 and May 9. Please check out for more information and to stay updated throughout the project. This website is specific to the Zoning Ordinance and provides up-to-date information, materials, public and Planning Commission comments, staff’s responses, and meetings past and present.