|The Santa Barbara Waterfront and Sterns Wharf|
|Mission Santa Barbara|
Over the past twenty years, You Plan SB has worked with all residents to maintain Santa Barbara's charm, earning the city the moniker "American Riviera" and keeping it a desirable place to live, work, and play. The General Plan has limited commercial and residential sprawl considerably over the past twenty years by encouraging redevelopment of the central business district to achieve dense, mixed commercial and residential use. Dense growth is facilitated by the efficient street layout; despite being old and narrow, Santa Barbara's streets form a grid pattern which greatly eases traffic flow. It also makes an ideal environment for walking and public transit.
|Downtown Santa Barbara|
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are essential to any type of urban planning. You Plan Santa Barbara has a wide variety of data available via maps, including land type, zoning, flood and fire risk areas, utilities, and public transit.
|GIS map of level of urban noise in downtown Santa Barbara|
|Watersheds and drainage: important to understand potential|
landslides in mountainous areas and flooding near the coast.