Special Projects

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Special Projects

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The Chamber weighs in on many issues annually as circumstances change and new challenges arise. Below is a summary of current and past advocacy efforts.

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CHILDCARE

The Chamber recognizes the importance of stable childcare in our communities, ensuring a stable and equitable workforce. The Chamber supports childcare programs and initiatives, like the Emergency Child Care Initiative for Santa Barbara County, to ensure that community members can find affordable childcare and that local childcare providers can keep their doors open during periods of economic hardship.

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COUNTY'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

The Chamber is monitoring the County of Santa Barbara’s 2030 Climate Action Plan and the potential benefits and impacts the plan’s policies could have on local businesses. The Chamber is exploring a County-wide Chamber collaboration to encourage the County to adopt climate policy criteria that ensures economically feasible and impactful climate policies.

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HOUSING

The Chamber recognizes workforce housing as a critical piece of our region’s economic development. It supports development projects that retain and enhance the community and allow more flexibility in local housing development.

Additionally, the Chamber also works to secure partnerships with local businesses and developers to create workforce housing programs available for employees of local companies.

The Chamber is currently advocating for Heritage Ridge, an infill housing project featuring workforce and senior housing rental units in Goleta.

Specifically, the Chamber is also monitoring:

  • State and local legislation pertaining to Average Unit Density (AUD)
  • City Housing Elements
  • Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)
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PANDEMIC RESPONSE & RECOVERY

During the pandemic, one of the highest priorities was helping businesses survive and navigate the ever-shifting, often contradictory series of guidelines and setting a course for economic recovery.

In October 2020, the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce created the Roadmap to Recovery, a thoughtful, research-based plan of action for the business community. It charted a course for businesses and offered tactics and milestones to help them through and out of the economic crisis. Additionally, the Chamber advocated for a statewide Restaurant Reopening Plan.

In October 2021, the Chamber released the Roadmap to Recovery Phase II, which addressed long-term recovery strategies, emerging issues, and additional challenges businesses faced during reopening.

In 2022, the Chamber launched its Data Dashboard to showcase the region’s economic development through community data points relating to the local workforce, real estate, taxes, tourism, homelessness, poverty, and COVID-19. (https://sbscchamber.com/data-dashboard/)

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HOMELESSNESS

The Chamber believes that acknowledging and addressing homelessness is a needed piece of the well-being of individuals and the community at large. Additionally, the Chamber recognizes the impact homelessness has on businesses, tourism, and the local economy and encourages business participation in regional homelessness discussions and solutions.

The Chamber works with the Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation (SB ACT) through their weekly Regional Action Plan (RAP) meetings and advocates for projects that help individuals experiencing homelessness transition into housing or other shelter options.

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REDISTRICTING

Many elected bodies in Santa Barbara County are reviewing and/or creating districts due to the 2020 Census Data and lawsuits.

Santa Barbara County’s Redistricting Process

City of Carpinteria Redistricting

City of Goleta Redistricting

Goleta Water District Redistricting

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STATE STREET MASTER PLAN

The City of Santa Barbara is creating a State Street Master Plan to address and implement a long-term approach for the State Street Promenade master plan created under emergency COVID response. Chamber President and CEO, Kristen Miller, serves on the City of Santa Barbara’s State Street Advisory Committee to steer the City toward a master plan that acknowledges changes in retail shopping, the need for housing, and an economy changed by the pandemic.