WUI Planning Best Practice Case Study: City of Santa Barbara Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District



California Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Community Wildfire Planning Center




This case study showcases a unique funding mechanism for local wildfire risk reduction activities: the creation of a designated assessment district within the city boundaries of Santa-Barbara. This well-established approach, which receives annual support from elected officials, has helped fund a staff position to engage residents in fuel mitigation and educational activities. Finally, this case study illustrates how a voter-supported voluntary initiative can complement other planning and fire-related activities, such as city regulations for the wildland-urban interface. This case study is part of a series of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Planning Best Practices developed by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to complement the "Wildland Urban Interface Planning Guide: Examples and Best Practices for California Communities" (OPR, 2022). Each case study focuses on a specific planning tool (or set of tools) that a community is utilizing to reduce risk and build resilience to wildfire across the state of California. A WUI planning best practice is a practice or procedure that has been shown by research, experience, and evaluation to produce optimal results for addressing risk factors in the wildland-urban interface. WUI planning best practices offer opportunities for learning and may be suitable for adoption and implementation in other communities.

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Phase 3: Define Adaptation Framework and Strategies Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

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Extent: Santa Barbara


Last updated: Jan. 27, 2023