Project Title:Santa Claus Lane Beach Access and Streetscape Improvements
Case Number: 19DVP-00000-00028, 19CDP-00000-00066, and 19NGD-00000-00005                  
Project Location:Toro Canyon Community Plan Area
Assigned Staff and Division:

Kyle Jordan, Long Range Planning Division


The County Planning and Development Department (P&D) released the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), Santa Claus Lane Bach Access and Streetscape Improvements Project, on July 24, 2019. The 30-day public review and comment period on the MND ends on August 26, 2019. The Notice of Availability, below, provides additional details. The Documents section, below, includes hyperlinks to the MND and other project materials. P&D staff expects the County Planning Commission to conduct a hearing on the MND and associated zoning permits in late September, 2019.

HOW TO COMMENT: Please provide comments to the project planner, Kyle Jordan, Telephone: (805) 884-6848, Fax: (805) 568-2030, Email:, Mail: 123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, prior to the close of public comment on August 26, 2019 at 5 p.m. Please limit comments to environmental issues such as traffic, biology, noise, etc. You will receive notice of the dates of future public hearings to consider project approval or denial, which is expected to occur on September 25, 2019.

Submit a Comment on the Santa Claus Lane Environmental Document


SCL Railcrossing

Planning & Development (P&D) and Public Works (PW) are currently undertaking two projects at Santa Claus Lane: a beach access plan and a streetscape improvements plan. These projects implement goals, policies, and actions in the Toro Canyon Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan that are intended to increase public access to the beach and revitalize the nearby commercial area.

Beach Access

No legal access exists across the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks to Santa Claus Lane beach.  Accordingly, the public must trespass across the UPRR tracks with no appropriate railroad crossing safety measures to access the beach.  For more than a decade, the County has been pursuing an at-grade, pedestrian railroad crossing to create safe and legal public access to the beach. The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) must authorize all new railroad crossings. The Zoning Administrator approved the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration on June 6, 2016. The at-grade pedestrian railroad crossing was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on February 9th, 2018. Planning and Development (P&D) continues to coordinate with Union Pacific Railroad (UPR) regarding design and engineering of the crossing. The next steps will include conducting additional public outreach and securing zoning permits for the railroad crossing.

Street Improvements

SCL Commercial District

The County of Santa Barbara (County) proposes streetscape improvements along Santa Claus Lane to improve access to the beach, provide new recreational amenities to the public, increase accessibility to all users of the project area and improve drainage and safety along Santa Claus Lane. Proposed  streetscape improvements include: additional beach and business patron parking, public restrooms, public showers, trash/recycle bins, bike racks, bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalks, traffic calming measures, a new roundabout at the intersection of Santa Claus Lane and Spindrift Lane/Sand Point Road and landscaping.  


County Planning Commission

September 25, 2019 (materials and agenda pending completion)

South County Board of Architectural Review

June 21, 2019

Zoning Administrator

June 6, 2016

Santa Claus Lane Community Meeting

May 19, 2016

South County Board of Architectural Review

August 10, 2012

Santa Claus Lane Community Meeting

January 17, 2012

February 23, 2011


Environmental Documentation (Folder)

Notice of Availability

Santa Claus Lane Beach Access and Streetscape Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

65% Streetscape Plans

65% Roundabout Plans

At-Grade Pedestrian Rail Crossing Exhibit

Draft Landscape Plans

Santa Claus Lane Pedestrian At-Grade Rail Crossing Final Mitigated Negative Declaration

Additional Information

We welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions or questions you may have throughout all stages of this project. Please contact the Long Range Planning Division via email. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming activities regarding the Santa Claus Lane Beach Access project.