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  • Save the Date!

    2017 Santa Barbara Housing Conference   Friday, May 19, 2017 The Coastal Housing Coalition is proud to announce its upcoming Santa Barbara Housing Conference on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St…. Read More

Coastal Housing Coalition

Save the Date! May 19, 2017

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2017 Santa Barbara Housing Conference


Keynote Address: The Forces and Consequences of the Lack of Workforce Housing.

Matthew Fienup, Executive Director for the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks


Workshop A: Making Housing a Priority: Act or React?

The State of California is making housing a priority by passing legislation intended to increase housing supply. How are some local jurisdictions reacting, and acting, and what are the impacts of a top-down approach? This conference session will provide an overview of recent State legislation and current and pending bills intended to prioritize housing and increase supply. We will review the status of County and City of Santa Barbara implementation of the Accessory Dwelling Unit mandate and the reaction to anticipated impacts. The City of Santa Barbara also has taken action with the Average Unit Density program.  What is the status of that program; can the City meet its housing needs without it? Finally, we will discuss whether ADU and AUD are just the start and the impacts and tradeoffs of prioritizing housing and reacting to a top-down approach.


Allen Bell, Supervising Planner in Long Range Planning, County of Santa Barbara

Chris Lee – Legislative Analyst, California State Association of Counties

Renee Brooke AICP – City Planner, City of Santa Barbara Community Development


Steve Fort, AICP – Senior Planner, Suzanne Elledge Planning and Permitting Services.

Olivia K. Marr – Attorney at Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray LLP

Workshop B: Delivering Sustainability: A New Era in Resource Efficiency

How do development regulations and guidelines truly effect new projects and what does the road to housing look like with sustainability as the new strategy? This workshop will provide a detailed overview on how sustainable building provides a clear path for our housing future. We will provide a comprehensive breakdown of Title 24 and state building codes currently in place that are creating a sustainable future. The always-popular discussion of water in Santa Barbara County will be reviewed with a comprehensive report on potential solutions. Lastly this workshop will articulate what Green Building really looks like on a local level and highlight recent projects that are delivering exceptional real estate projects with sustainability and our future in mind.


Amy Steinfeld – Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

Dennis Allen – CEO and founder, Allen Construction

Tom Hughes – Principal, Mechanical Engineering Consultants


Detty Peikert – Architect, principal RRM Design


Workshop C: Evolving Transportation Trends in Vibrant Communities

Recognizing that housing and transportation considerations are fundamentally linked to create strong, healthy communities, this workshop focuses on alternatives to traditional car transportation with an eye toward improved quality of life.

In our local cities, predominant car use is shifting towards walking, biking, vehicle sharing and public transit.  This is possible due to denser multifamily housing and mixed-use neighborhoods as well as our access to real-time information through mobile technology.  With our panel experts, we will examine these trends and discuss how they see transportation continuing to evolve over the coming years.  They will speak about proposed bicycle sharing locations as well as bicycle-dedicated networks as adopted in the 2016 Bicycle Master Plan, which positions biking as a viable, safe form of transportation.  Also to be discussed are the impacts of car sharing now available through Zipcar, and innovative car parking scenarios in higher-density housing areas and the Central Business District (CBD) areas that may be adapted into mixed-use zones where providing on-site parking would be particularly challenging.  In the public transit arena, planners are considering a real-time app for riders to track actual bus arrivals, as well as more flexible route service especially in multifamily housing and mixed-use neighborhoods with heavier concentrations of riders.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to consider how these evolving trends pertain to local Zoning policies and may suggest easing current requirements for on-site car parking as we provide additional housing for our local workforce.


Peter Brown Transportation Planner @ City of Santa Barbara

Edward France Executive Director @ Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

George Amoon Planning Manager @ MTD


Ellen Bildsten AIA Principal Architect @ Bildsten Architecture and Planning

Concluding Plenary Panel Discussion:  How is the Lack of Workforce Housing Is Affecting Local Businesses?


Dave Clark – President, Impulse Communications

Patrice Ryan – VP Human Resources, Cottage Health

Anthony Schuck – Business Development Manager Volt Information Sciences

Matthew Fienup – Executive Director, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks


Ken Oplinger – President & CEO SB Chamber of Commerce


For more information about Coastal Housing Coalition sponsorship opportunities, please download our 2017 CHC Housing Conference Sponsor Form or contact:

Shannon Batchev
(805) 570-1250


The Coastal Housing Coalition is dedicated to finding solutions to the South Coast’s housing crisis and reversing the adverse impacts the lack of workforce housing is having on our economy, environment, and civic life. We do this through advocacy, research, and special projects. If you need help on purchasing a home or renting on the South Coast, our sister organization Coastal Housing Partnership has many programs to offer.

This home show parody tells the sad (and funny) truth about the lack of affordable housing in Santa Barbara.