The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) is an
association of city and county governments in Santa Barbara County.
Many of the issues that face local governments and the people they
serve such as traffic, housing, air quality, and growth extend beyond
jurisdictional boundaries. SBCAG’s primary purpose is to assist
local governments in solving common problems and addressing public
policy issues that are regional or multi-jurisdictional. SBCAG exists
to provide a forum for regional collaboration and cooperation between
SBCAG was established in 1966 as a voluntary council
of governments under a joint powers agreement executed by Santa Barbara
each of the general purpose city governments
in the county. SBCAG is an independent public agency governed by a
13 member board of directors
consisting of all five county supervisors and
one city council member from each of the eight cities within the County.
The agency employs
a staff of 20 and has an annual budget of about
$20 million. The
Work Program contains a listing of projects and programs SBCAG is working
on during fiscal year 2010-11. Learn more about the SBCAG
Board and staff.
SBCAG's primary organizational and fuctional responsibilities include:
Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA)
Designated by the Secretary of the California
Business, Housing and Transportation Agency, SBCAG is responsible
for the multi-modal transportation planning, programming, and fund
allocation required by state statutes. This includes the annual allocation
of Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds.
Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC)
SBCAG is designated as the Airport Land Use
Commission (ALUC) and is responsible for protecting public health,
safety, and welfare by ensuring that vacant lands in the vicinity
of airports are planned and zoned for uses compatible with airport
operations. To do this, SBCAG must determine that the adoption of
local land use plans and policies will minimize the public’s
exposure to excessive noise and safety hazards.
Local Transportation Authority (LTA)
As the Local Transportation Authority (LTA),
SBCAG is responsible for administering the 1/2 cent county-wide sales
tax authorized by voter approval of Measure D in 1989. This tax is
projected to generate almost $500 million for local and regional
transportation projects over twenty years. SBCAG is responsible for
the annual allocation of more than $18 million to local agencies
as well as the development and construction of fifteen state and
regional projects identified in the Measure D plan at a total cost
of more than $132 million.
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
SBCAG has been designated by the Governor as
the agency responsible for all transportation planning and programming
activities required under federal law. This includes the development
of long range transportation plans and multi-year funding programs,
and the selection and approval of transportation projects using federal
Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE)
This program is responsible for the installation,
operation and administration of the system of approximately 350 roadside
call boxes in Santa Barbara County. This system is financed by a
$1 annual fee on all motor vehicles registered in the county.
Affiliate Census Center
SBCAG has been designated by the State Department
of Finance to serve as the affiliate census center for Santa Barbara
County. As such, SBCAG serves as the conduit for government and public
access to census data.
Congestion Management Agency (CMA)
As the CMA, SBCAG is responsible for the development
and implementation of the county-wide Congestion Management Program
(CMP) required in all urban counties in California. The CMP is a
comprehensive program designed to reduce auto-related congestion
through capital improvements, travel demand management, and coordinated
land use planning among all local jurisdictions.
SBCAG also administers a county-wide Transportation
Demand Management (TDM) program that promotes ridesharing, public
transportation, biking, walking, telecommuting, and other transportation
alternatives. Traffic Solutions also works directly with employers
to assist in developing employee transportation programs.