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Santa Barbara County, CA November 3, 2009 Election
Measure B
Building Heights
City of Santa Barbara

City Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 10,444 / 46.0% Yes votes ...... 12,237 / 54.0% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text

Shall the City Charter be revised by amending Charter Section 1506 to reduce the maximum allowed building height within the City to forty-five (45) feet generally and forty (40) feet within the El Pueblo Viejo district except for those areas of the City zoned for single-family and two-family homes where the maximum building height will remain at thirty (30) feet?

Impartial Analysis from Steven P. Wiley, Santa Barbara City Attorney
This ballot measure would amend City Charter section 1506 (as approved by City voters in November 1972) to further restrict the allowed maximum height of buildings within the City. It would reduce the maximum height presently allowed for buildings in certain areas of the City zoned for commercial, manufacturing, and industrial uses from sixty (60) feet to a new maximum height of forty-five (45) feet.

In addition, it would impose a new maximum height of forty (40) feet for all buildings within the area of the City called "El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District" (as defined in Santa Barbara City Charter section 817) except for single family and duplex residentially zoned areas of El Pueblo Viejo. The maximum height limit for single family and duplex residentially zoned areas of the City would remain at thirty (30) feet throughout the City as currently provided in Charter Section 1506. This measure would also allow the Santa Barbara City Council to adopt an ordinance to establish reasonable methods for calculating a building's height..

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure B.

Stephen P. Wiley
City Attorney

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Campaign Finance Disclosure information

Official Committees

No on Measure B Coalition

Save El Pueblo Viejo (Coalition supporting Measure B)


Debate sponsored by the Fund for Santa Barbara: Wed., Oct. 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Louise Lowry Davis Community Center (De La Vina and Victoria Sts.)

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September 9 Town Hall at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Former Mayor Sheila Lodge and architect Gil Barry speaking in favor of Measure B; former chief planner for Santa Barbara and now Director of CEC Dave Davis and architect Joe Andrulaitis speaking against Measure B.

If you missed the forum, you can watch a recording on Channel 21 at the following dates and times:

  • September 28: 9:00 am
  • October 1: 7:30 pm
  • October 2: 9:30 pm
  • October 3: 1:30 pm
  • October 4: 3:55 pm
  • October 7: 9:30 AM
  • October 8: 4:55 AM
  • October 10: 9:30 PM
  • October 11: 2:20 PM
  • October 12: 9:00 AM
  • October 14: 9:00 PM
  • October 15: 11:30 AM
  • October 16: 10:05 AM
  • October 20: 7:30 PM
  • October 21: 12:58 PM
  • October 22: 10:00 AM
  • October 23: 9:00 AM
  • October 24: 9:30 PM
  • October 25: 9:30 PM
  • Other dates will be added
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