Town Hall Meeting Scheduled in Santa Maria about H-2A Housing

June 06, 2018
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On April 17 the Santa Maria City Council voted to not continue their initial Urgency Ordinance which limited H-2A housing in residential neighborhoods. Instead the council gave direction to the staff to explore alternative solutions. The City has made plans to hold five public community meetings to hear feedback from the community regarding a future housing ordinance which will, "...address the H-2A temporary worker program, its importance to the region's agricultural operations, and its potential impacts in City neighborhoods."

The first of these meetings will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Park Community Center, 1000 North Railroad Avenue, Santa Maria.

Any interested parties may attend. This first meeting will feature representatives from the County of Santa Barbara Planning Department, who will present information and answer questions concerning County land use regulations and policies, and specifically, how these regulations and policies affect what the County is permitted to do with respect to providing housing in the County's agricultural lands.

The Commission will provide updates for future meeting dates and subject content. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Martinez at or 916.445.3335