Public Comment Period Open for County Housing Plan Proposal

The County of Santa Barbara has released the Draft 2023 – 2031 Housing Element Update for public review and is seeking public comments. To view the Draft Housing Element Update, please go to:

The Draft Housing Element Update plans for existing and projected housing needs to accommodate 5,664 new housing units within the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County between the years of 2023 to 2031. It describes countywide policies and programs and identifies a range of sites that will be considered for rezones to meet the required number of housing units.

The County encourages all community members to review and submit comments on the Draft Housing Element Update by 5:00 PM on March 1, 2023. Public comments may be submitted by email to or by mail to:

Santa Barbara County Planning and Development,
Long Range Planning Division, Attn: Jessi Steele
123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Further opportunities for public comment will be available throughout the Housing Element Update adoption process.