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Seascape Beach Estates Site Standards

The “Seascape Beach Estates” (SBE) Combining Zone District is a new zone district that applies unique site development standards to 152 parcels in the Seascape Beach Estates subdivision. The project involved amendments to County Code chapters 13.10 and 13.20 to create the district; a Zoning Plan Amendment to add 152 parcels to the district; and a minor variation to Planned Unit Development/Use Permit 4119-U for 14 parcels within the proposed district. This project was exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

On September 11, 2019, the Coastal Commission held a public hearing and voted to certify the Board of Supervisors’ approval of this zone district. Click the links below for the April 23, 2019 Board of Supervisors approval and the September 11, 2019 Coastal Commission staff report:
Board of Supervisors April 23, 2019
Coastal Commission September 11, 2019

What are the proposed site development standards?

The development standards codify the characteristics of the existing built environment, to preserve the existing neighborhood character and protect public views in this coastal Visual Resource Area. The development standards incorporate many of the CC&R standards, and reflect Board of Supervisors direction, as well as input from property owners provided to staff and input collected at a community meeting held on May 22, 2018.

The site development standards for the SBE Combining Zone District are:

  • Height: 16 or 28 feet (see map below: Height of Structure Limits)
  • Lot Coverage: 45% (60% for lots with height limits of 16 feet)
  • Floor Area Ratio: 0.6
  • Front yard setbacks: 20 feet
  • Side yard setback: Minimum 10% of lot width but not less than 5 feet and no more than 8 feet, and street-facing side yard setbacks minimum 8 feet
  • Rear yard setback: Codify HOA CC&Rs and Architectural Review Committee guidelines, except that rear setback shall be 15 feet for lots where there is no setback specified in the CC&Rs (Unit 14 and certain lots in Unit 4)

Questions? Comments?

Questions and comments may be directed to project planner Daisy Allen:

Daisy Allen, AICP, LEED AP
Planner IV, Sustainability and Special Projects
County of Santa Cruz Planning Department
701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA 95060