The UPC Story

Urban Planning Concepts, Inc. (UPC) was founded in 1987 in Santa Barbara County to meet the ever-increasing challenges of today’s land use planning process. UPC has become a leading land use planning firm serving a diversity of clients ranging from residential, commercial, and agricultural users to government agencies throughout California. UPC provides a full range of land use planning services and has the ability to bring your ideas to reality. UPC takes pride in maintaining the highest professional profile while attaining the ultimate goal of completing projects on time and within budget. UPC’s considerable knowledge of local and regional land use regulations and application of CEQA enables the firm to successfully negotiate for reduced governmental requirements on a project substantially lowering costs.

UPC enjoys an excellent rapport with governmental agencies and leaders at the local, state, and federal levels which provides unparalleled access for our clients.

UPC is the only planning firm that can take your project from conception through construction. Most staff members of UPC, including its two Principles, formerly served as senior governmental planners prior to their tenure at UPC. The high level of planning expertise and ability to “view” a project through a governmental permitting lens enables UPC to anticipate issues and to proactively formulate solutions during the design process. UPC is frequently retained to serve as overall project manager for large scale projects requiring the coordination of subconsultants. UPC maintains ongoing relationships with a variety of engineering, surveying, architectural, legal, and natural resources sciences professionals to compile a development team best suited for your project which will efficiently move your project through the permitting process.

From large scale residential and commercial projects to housing permits, UPC has the expertise and ability to see your project through the complex maze of government permitting in the most timely and cost efficient manner possible.