Isla Vista                


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Dan Klemann, Deputy Director, Long Range Planning

isla vista cpIsla Vista is an unincorporated community located 9 miles west of the City of Santa Barbara on the South Coast of Santa Barbara County, California. Surrounded on three sides by the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Isla Vista is located on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Isla Vista is a unique community in that its primary resident population is a semi-permanent student body (from UCSB). The current population of Isla Vista is approximately 20,000; some 13,000 of whom are students.

Development in Isla Vista is subject to existing county plans and ordinances, including the Planning Documents listed below.

Planning Documents

Goleta Community Plan (PDF)

Coastal Land Use Plan (PDF)

Coastal Zoning Ordinance (PDF)

Isla Vista Land Use Map (PDF)

Isla Vista Zoning Map (PDF)

Draft Isla Vista Master Plan (not adopted)

In March 2016, the Board of Supervisors considered but did not approve the Isla Vista Master Plan (IVMP). The Draft Isla Vista Master Plan document is linked below.

Draft Isla Vista Master Plan (full document)

Draft Isla Vista Master Plan (chapters)