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Status Update: February 2020

On September 17, 2019, City Council selected the Cota Commuter Parking Lot as the preferred site alternative for environmental review for the new police station in Santa Barbara.  As part of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review, technical studies are required that will inform the design and environmental review. The City has selected Dudek as the environmental consultant to produce the technical studies, conduct peer review of studies previously completed, and evaluate the site for potential environmental impacts.  This review will culminate in an Initial Study.

Cearnal Collective and McClaren Wilson and Lawrie (MWL) are the architects producing 30% drawings for the project.

City Staff has submitted an application to the City’s Preliminary Review Team (PRT).  Based on comments received, the plans will be revised and then submitted to the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) for a concept hearing.  Feedback from ABR will be taken into account.

The technical studies on the property and the 30% drawings will be completed. Later this year, Staff will hold a Public Meeting to discuss the status of the project.

Thank you for your interest in this project and should you have questions, please use the following information:

Brad Hess, Principal Project Manager
(805) 564-5373

Our police station is a busy place. Currently, it takes four separate buildings to house operations. Today’s facilities have not been earthquake retrofitted (as required by California’s Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act of 1986). There are insufficient bathrooms for the 22 female officers, cramped interview rooms that are too close to witness areas, and storage constraints that result in a waste of significant time merely getting to equipment.

Santa Barbara Police strive to be a mix of highly skilled officers and effective community partners to help us maintain safe neighborhoods and beach-town charm. In 2017, with the passage of Measure C, Santa Barbarans chose to create a new police station to address the current inadequacies and to support both the special equipment necessities and everyday patrol needs.

The first step in the process is site selection. Key considerations include size, parking, zoning, access to high call areas, conflicts inherent to each site, and the costs associated if the site is not already owned by the City.

Map and table of sites considered for the police station. Please follow the text-based site selection table link for a machine readable table.
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