Goleta Valley Planning Area


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Dan Klemann, Deputy Director, Long Range Planning

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Goleta Valley is an unincorporated area of the South Coast of Santa Barbara County and one of seven community planning areas under County jurisdiction. 

The eastern portion of the Goleta Valley Planning Area (the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan Area) lies primarily on the coastal shelf between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, east of the City of Goleta and west of the City of Santa Barbara, and includes the southern slopes of the mountains up to the crest. The 2015 Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on October 20, 2015. On December 14, 2017, the California Coastal Commission certified the coastal portion and the plan is now in effect within the Coastal Zone.

The western portion of the Goleta Valley Planning Area lies north and west of the City of Goleta, extending northward to the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and from approximately the intersection of Los Carneros Road and Cathedral Oaks Road westward to the eastern boundary of the Gaviota Coast Planning Area. In addition, several isolated pockets of unincorporated land in the southwest, surrounded by the City of Goleta and UCSB, including Isla Vista, are part of the western portion of Goleta Valley. The 1993 Goleta Community Plan remains unchanged and continues to apply to these western areas.

Planning Documents

Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan (PDF)

Eastern Goleta Valley Residential Design Guidelines (PDF)

Protecting the Wildlands of Eastern Goleta Valley (brochure) (PDF)

Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan Area Maps (Folder)

A Comprehensive Vision for the Eastern Goleta Valley (PDF)

1993 Goleta Community Plan (PDF)

1993 Goleta Community Plan Addenda and Errata (PDF)

1995 Goleta Trails Implementation Study (PDF)

1993 Goleta Community Plan Maps (Folder)

Related Projects

Eastern Goleta Valley Environmentally Sensitive Habitat / Riparian Corridor Overlay Map Update