Santa Barbara State of the City

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We were able to attend the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City address and gained valuable insight into what’s happening in our town. The Chamber of Commerce collaborates with the City government to put on a fabulous presentation for the community updating those in attendance on Santa Barbara.

Water

The main theme of this year’s address was water. Our California water situation has been at the forefront of all of our minds over the past few years. We’ve been lucky with quite a bit of rainfall this winter here in Santa Barbara. Even Lake Cachuma is slowly starting to see the benefits from our recent storms. The Desalination plant is also nearing completion, which will serve as another water source for our home town.

Average Unit-Size Density – AUD Incentive Program

In relation to housing, the city’s Average Unit-Size Density Incentive program was talked about briefly. The city acknowledged that the program needs to be looked at in further detail. The city’s intent with the incentive program was to encourage more affordable homes near public transportation to help people who work in Santa Barbara live here as well, as opposed to commuting. Unfortunately, some of the units that have been approved under the program are asking higher rents than anticipated.

 

If you would like to learn more, you can watch the full address here: Santa Barbara State of the City