THE mesa / planning A village


Welcome to the Mesa Village Planning Website,

created by the Mesa Architects, a neighborhood volunteer group.

The Mesa is part of the City of Santa Barbara in California, USA.

We believe the Mesa is a prototypical “village” within our coastal city, one that can offer its inhabitants an ideal semi-urban living environment.  Our goal is to help strengthen the community, self-sufficiency and sustainability of this village.

This website is intended to support a Mesa Village planning process by providing information about existing conditions on the Mesa, offering ideas for improvement, and providing a forum for comment on these ideas.  It offers our vision for the future of the Mesa, but is a work in progress.  We would like it to evolve with input from the community so that we can reach a common vision of what our village can become.  This site can be a tool the community can use to help create change now, and influence our future through the Mesa Land Use Planning section of the coming City General Plan update.

Click on the menu items at the top of this page or follow the green links below to review the sections of the website.

The major sections of the website:

Mesa Village

what we’ve got and where we can go with it

Cliff Drive

what it is and ways to make it more user friendly


a variety of ideas and proposals

Informational Columns

Our monthly columns from the Mesa Paper


the results of village opinion surveys

About Us

the Mesa Architects, contact us

IN THE INTEREST OF Community, self-sufficiency AND sustainability



Please review the information and ideas presented on these pages, then feel free to respond to the email addresses on our About Us page with questions or comments, suggestions or criticisms.  We welcome your input, and encourage you to take this opportunity to help shape your neighborhood by participating.

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Eastern Cliff Drive Safety Changes in place!

The CalTrans Re-Striping Option for Eastern Cliff Drive has now been in use for over 12 months.  Mesa residents report slower traffic, more bicycles, and somewhat easier pedestrian crossing.

Thanks to all who participated in the effort to get this done.  Now that the paint has been applied and the new configuration is in service, it’s time to take notice of how it works!  The Public Works Dept. will document traffic statistics going forward so it can be proven whether this design works for our street or not.  Please let us know about your experience using the new design!

To see how San Luis Obispo and CalTrans

transformed one of their highways, click here, and to see more information on this new configuration, click here.

This plan did not include changes from Meigs Road west, and did not incorporate crosswalks.  There is considerable resistance to installing crosswalks without additional traffic control devices, despite the community need, and CalTrans did not offer to re-stripe the western portion.  We must continue to push for these important elements by engaging our Public Works Dept., supporting cost effective solutions and advocating for the allocation of funds for design and construction.

Stay tuned!  


This Fall the City Public Works Department will hold a neighborhood workshop/meeting to get input on Cliff Drive and Las Positas Road safety improvements.  Watch the media and the Mesa Architects emails for time and place announcements.