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The Board of the Pearl Chase Society, whose mission is the preservation of Santa Barbara’s historic structures and sites, respectfully requests that acceptance of new Average Unit Density Incentive Program (AUD) projects by the Planning Department be halted pending evaluation of the Program which, as of February 2, 2017, there are 1,238 units in the pipeline. Of the 67 projects currently being reviewed, 18 propose four story structures over 45 feet tall. The cumulative impact of multi-story apartment houses to Santa Barbara’s historic structures and neighborhoods has not been fully evaluated. A moratorium would allow time for evaluation especially as to whether the resulting apartments actually will provide housing for the city’s workforce. The Society recommends that any revised AUD ordinance allow project denial to any project that compromises a historic resource or is incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood even if the project otherwise conforms to the ordinance and to zoning.

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