Santa Barbara County, CA, Final Negative Declaration: Agricultural Buffer Ordinance

September 7, 2012


Farmland Protection 

This staff report addresses farmland protection through agricultural buffers. The report represents the final negative declaration for environmental impacts of a proposed agricultural buffer ordinance. The report provides an overview of the proposed ordinance, which establishes requirements for minimum agricultural buffer widths ranging from 100 to 400 feet, depending on use type, and sets design and operational requirements for the buffer. It also describes the background and rationale for the ordinance, including connections with the comprehensive plan and local policies, and works through a series of potential impacts in a potentially significant effects checklist.  Other related documentation is available through the county’s Legistar website (File #13-00129).

Santa Barbara, CA

2010 Population: 423,895

2010 Population Density: 154.98/square mile