How an Obscure Housing Law Broke the Door Wide Open for Developers Looking to Build Bigger, Denser, and Quicker than Ever

A heavenly property sits hidden behind Old Mission Santa Barbara ​— ​a grand estate dating back more than a century and a religious retreat for decades. A developer is proposing to build 560 apartment units where two stately houses now stand on the property.

On an avocado orchard near Highway 217, a property that has been in agriculture for more than a century, the owners, a Goleta family, have proposed building 1,250 units on 64 acres.

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