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TGO #36 — Development Forum

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 36—

May 16, 2017

Friends,

Below you will find 2 items of IMMEDIATE interest. Please forward this information to your family and friends as soon as possible.

1. INVITATION to a Free Goleta Development Forum TOMORROW, May 17, 6:30 PM (note that a technical difficulty prevented us from sending this Outlook earlier, but you may have received notice of tomorrow’s forum through other emails and postings. We have received a positive response from the public.)

2. Notice of a Planning Commission hearing on 33 residential units proposed to be added to the 274 already existing units at Hollister Village (Westar)


1. INVITATION to a Free Goleta Development Forum TOMORROW, May 17, 6:30 PM

The Goodland Coalition http://thegoodlandcoalition.org/  invites the public to a FREE forum on Goleta Development, How It Gets Approved and What YOU Can Do About It.

WHAT
* During the forum’s first 45 minutes, a panel of knowledgeable community members and activists will present a brief overview of
– Who makes what decisions?
– What rules govern decision-making?
– Who are the decision makers (and how did they get there)?
– How can YOU influence the development process?

* Audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session following the presentation.

*Come for the session, stay for the cookies.

WHEN
6:30 PM, May 17. The forum will be repeated on May 25 for those who cannot attend the first event.

WHERE
Goleta Public Library, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 in the large community meeting room.

R.S.V.P. is optional, just to make sure we have enough cookies: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org

To learn more about The Goodland Coalition, click on http://thegoodlandcoalition.org/

  1. Notice of a Planning Commission hearing on 33 residential units proposed to be added to the 274 already existing units at Hollister Village (Westar) 

    The Planning Commission hearing on this project is on Monday May 22, 2017 at 6 P.M. at City Council Chambers, located at 230 Cremona Dr.  The entrance is at the rear of the building.Goleta Hollister Apartments LLC and Goleta Hollister Triangle LLC, has requested approval of 16 studio and 17 one bedroom apartments for a total of 33 apartments on 1.84 acres.
    The Project site is located on Village Way, north of Hollister Avenue, west of Storke Road and immediately west of South Glen Annie Road (7000 Hollister Avenue).
    Some project details:

  • The development includes two 40 foot elevator towers that will further block mountain views.
  • The development seeks to create rooftop gardens as a substitute for required open space. This rooftop area would be SEPARATE from other project open space. Since Goleta’s General Plan says that housing site design should include usable, contiguous open space, a rooftop garden should not qualify.
  • The project will worsen traffic on Hollister and Storke.  Caltrans and SBCAG have expressed concerns about the project.

You can express your views on this proposed development by attending the Planning Commission hearing. Or you can send in an email to Goleta’s Planner on this project, Mary Chang, Supervising Senior Planner atmchang@cityofgoleta.org or 805-961-7567.

You can see details of this proposal here http://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/ceqa-review/hollister-village-apartment-project
The Staff report for this project should be available on this Thursday, May 18 at Goleta’s websitehttp://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/government-meeting-agendas-and-videos


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TGO #35: highlights and updates

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 35—

February 28, 2017

FOREWORD:

Friends: This is our first Goodland outlook for 2017. We hope you will take a moment to review it and pass it along to your family and friends. This issue includes no funding request, just the following:

  • A LITTLE GOODLAND COALITION HISTORY
  • OUR 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
  • SOME 2017 GOODLAND COALITION’S PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES
  • WELCOME TO GOLETA’S 2 NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONERS
  • HOW TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON THE CITY OF GOLETA’S ACTIVITIES

* * *

A LITTLE GOODLAND COALITION HISTORY: Before a preview of 2017, here’s a little context. The Goodland Coalition is the group that promoted the successful passage ofThe Goodland Farmland Protection Initiative in 2012 that passed by 71% of Goletans. As a result, Goleta voter approval is required before any of the 5 remaining agricultural parcels of 10 or more acres, including Bishop Ranch, can be rezoned for non-agricultural uses.

We’ve stayed active in Goleta, dedicated to defending the quality of life in Goleta by:

  • Advocating policies that protect, preserve, and improve Goleta’s unique character,
  • Encouraging and facilitating participation of Goleta residents in community planning and decision-making, and
  • Sending out information on key Goleta meetings and events via our Goodland Outlook newsletters such as this one, which we hope you forward to your friends and neighbors.

You can learn more about us and see previous Goodland Outlooks by going to our website, http:/thegoodlandcoalition.org


OUR 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Only some of our 2016 activities are included in the following. We:

  • Joined with the Westside Goleta Coalition to convince the CHP to withdraw a proposed new CHP station in West Goleta.
  • Held a public forum on Goleta’s proposed new Zoning Code; and a forum or what it takes to run for and serve on Goleta’s City Council.
  • We subsequently endorsed Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin who won with their commitment to protect and preserve Goleta’s precious resources such as water, public safety and traffic capacity, recreation and neighborhoods.
  • Joined The Shelby Foothills Coalition to oppose the rezone for 60 luxury homes of a 14 acre parcel currently zoned for agriculture.
  • Opposed acceptance of a “gift” to Goleta whose acceptance would have prevented Goleta from initiating shut down of Venoco’s dangerous oil processing facility at Haskell’s Beach.

Successfully advocated for changes to planned Fire Station #10 for a safer and more attractive design. Testified at numerous Goleta’s Design Review Board, Planning Commission and City Council on a number of developments.


WELCOME TO GOLETA’S 2 NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONERS

New City Council members Kasdin and Richards have appointed Goleta Planning Commissioners Jennifer Smith and Robert Miller respectively. They joined planning commissioners Ed Fuller, Katie Maynard, and Eric Onnen who were already on the Commission. Recently Katie Maynard was elected Chair and Ed Fuller was elected Vice Chair. You can contact commissioners by clicking here




HOW TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON THE CITY OF GOLETA’S ACTIVITIES

Subscribe for City email notices on a wide variety of topics. If you have already subscribed, new topics of interest have been added. To update your current subscriber settings here: http://tinyurl.com/goletasubscriptions

Subscribe to Goleta’s newsletter, Monarch Press. Click here to view the current and previous editions and also to subscribe: http://www.goletamonarchpress.com/

Join Goleta’s NEXTDOOR to hear from and communicate directly with residents in your surrounding neighborhoods. To sign up at no charge click here: https://nextdoor.com/city/goleta–ca/


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TGO #34: Goleta Election Updates

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 34 — November 4, 2016

 Foreword:

This edition has two VERY time-sensitive items:

1. UPDATES ON ELECTIONS AFFECTING GOLETA

* Breaking News: Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin Endorse Each Other for Goleta City Council (see their press release below)

Important “Follow the Money” and other updates on ballot items affecting Goleta on the November 8 ballot:

  • Two Goleta City Council seats
  • A measure that would change the way Goleta selects its mayor
  • The 3rd District County Supervisor who represents a large part of Goleta
  • The Goleta Water District

    2.  RANCHO GOLETA MOBILE PARK FIRE ROAD PROPOSAL

An important EIR hearing on this proposal will take place at Goleta City Hall on November 9 at 5:30 PM. Please consider attending or sending comments via email.

Just a few of the many objections raised by the Santa Barbara Audubon society are listed here, with more details provided further below.

  • The proposed project violates Goleta’s carefully crafted General Plan and would violate many California Coastal Act and Goleta General Plan/CLUP provisions.
  • The current trail adjacent to Devereux Creek from Coronado Drive to the southern end of the mobile home park is heavily used by walkers, joggers, birders, and bicyclists.
  • The project proposes to remove native trees in this riparian corridor, including five arroyo willows, one western sycamore, and four live oaks.
  • The DEIR’s analysis of impacts on birds and wildlife is inadequate.

More details on these and other objections from the Santa Barbara Audubon Society are listed below.

Please take a moment to review this important information.


Details:

  1. UPDATES ON ELECTIONS AFFECTING GOLETA

BREAKING NEWS, PRESS RELEASE: Candidates Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin Endorse Each Other for Goleta City Council

Today, Goleta City Council Candidates Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin announced that they are endorsing each other’s candidacies. They said that as their respective campaigns progressed, they found that they agree on many issues, especially citing the need to rein in Goleta’s over-development and resulting impacts. They also cited the fact that they have been endorsed by many of the same community organizations, including: Sierra Club, Democratic Party, Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, The Goodland Coalition, and others.

Richards said, “I am confident Stuart Kasdin will be a voice for slow, carefully-managed growth and living within our resources. I’m impressed by Stuart’s experience with community and economic development, and his background in public policy will bring fresh ideas to the council and promote a more efficient city government.”

“It is critical that Goleta voters elect two candidates who will bring change, not more of the same in this election,” said Kasdin. “I am supporting Kyle Richards as a common sense candidate who I can partner with on the council. We are the two candidates most committed to making sure future development doesn’t further erode the key services and resources residents expect such as water, public safety, libraries, and road capacity.”

Richards concluded, “Stuart and I agree that this election is really a referendum on Goleta’s growth policies. We are committed to returning to the vision in Goleta’s General Plan, protecting Goleta’s neighborhoods and resources.”

[END OF PRESS RELEASE]


As you may recall, The Goodland Coalition has made several endorsements in races directly affecting our city. One of the races is for Goleta City Council.

The Goodland Coalition strongly endorses Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards for Goleta City Council.

They are committed to reining in Goleta’s rapid pace of growth and preserving and protecting water supply, roads, views, libraries and other key services and resources.

The incumbent candidate is Tony Vallejo who votes with the council majority that approved virtually all of Goleta’s recent development. To “Follow the Money,” a who’s-who of realtor and development interests supporting Vallejo, click here  http://tinyurl.com/hbn9bso

For an entertaining video, see http://tinyurl.com/jr3opn2


Other key Goodland Coalition endorsements include:

  • Goleta’s proposed Measure C2016 for an elected Goleta Mayor (C2016): Vote NO. For a great article about this measure, click on http://tinyurl.com/zc2fxcx
  • 3rd District County Supervisor: Joan Hartmann – To “Follow the Money” of her opponent’s big oil and developer supporters, click here  http://tinyurl.com/jeyalj7
  • Goleta Water District Board: Lauren Hanson, Rick Merrifield, Bill Rosen


    2.  RANCHO GOLETA MOBILE PARK FIRE ROAD PROPOSAL

  • An important EIR hearing on this proposal will take place at Goleta City Hall on November 9 at 5:30 PM. Please consider attending or sending comments via email.Details of the ideas and objections raised by the Santa Barbara Audubon society are listed below.[From the Santa Barbara Audubon Society]Dear Friends,

    The City of Goleta has proposed a project called the Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project that would damage the environment at Devereux Creek near the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. See the City info on the project at  http://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/ceqa-review/rancho-goleta-mobile-home-park.

  •  Santa Barbara Audubon is opposing this project as proposed and has prepared the email below to marshal additional opposition.We would appreciate your support to help us protect Devereux Creek. Please come to Goleta City Hall on November 9 at 5:30 PM and comment on the project.For those of you who can, we’d appreciate it if you could forward the email below to your membership.We just received the attached letter from the California Coastal Commission to the City. The letter expresses some of the same concerns that Audubon has.

    Regards,

    Steve Ferry, Santa Barbara Audubon Society

    Save Devereux Creek!

    Speak for the Creek on Wednesday, November 9th, at 5:30PM in Goleta City Council Chambers! [If you can’t testify in person or if you would like to augment your verbal remarks, please send written comments via email to Joe Pearson II, Associate Planner, 805-961-7573; <mailto:jpearson@cityofgoleta.com>jpearson@cityofgoleta.com no later than 5:00 PM Monday, November 21st.]

    The City of Goleta has released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project. The proposed fire road would be built on top of the bank of Devereux Creek, near the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. Devereux Creek in the Ellwood area of Goleta is an important corridor for migratory and breeding birds and other wildlife. The proposed project would remove trees and violate the creekside buffer zones that are mandated by Goleta’s General Plan.

    The creek needs your help! If we have a strong turnout at the hearing we can influence the City to select Alternative 2, a more environmentally-friendly alternative (see below).

    Attend the hearing on November 9th at 5:30 PM and give your comments on the adequacy of the DEIR. Goleta City Council Chambers are at 130 Cremona Dr., Suite B, Goleta.  Enter on the east side of the building. Anyone can testify – you don’t need to be a resident of the City of Goleta.  Be sure to pick up and fill out a speaker slip near the entrance and give the speaker slip to a City official inside the Council Chambers.

    Attend the hearing on November 9th at 5:30 PM and give your comments on the adequacy of the DEIR. Goleta City Council Chambers are at 130 Cremona Dr., Suite B, Goleta.  Enter on the east side of the building. Anyone can testify – you don’t need to be a resident of the City of Goleta.  Be sure to pick up and fill out a speaker slip near the entrance and give the speaker slip to a City official inside the Council Chambers.

    Speakers will probably be given three minutes each to give their comments. Some people find it easiest to write out their remarks and just read them. This is perfectly acceptable. Santa Barbara Audubon Society has prepared talking points below. You should select the two or three talking points that you feel strongest about and give those. Using your own words is most effective, but not necessary.

    Talking Points

    —I  support Alternative 2.  Alternative 2 achieves the goal of fire safety without the environmental impacts of proposed project.  In this alternative, an extension of Sea Gull Drive provides a different location for the fire access road and fire line.  The new fire access road would be gated to prevent regular access between the mobile home park and the adjacent neighborhood.  The gate would only be opened for emergency access.  The DEIR appropriately describes Alternative 2 as the Environmentally Superior Alternative.  Alternative 2 would avoid all the damage to the streamside habitat.  Because a much less environmentally-damaging alternative is available, the City must support Alternative 2 to avoid Class I environmental impacts and conflicts with City and Coastal Act policies.

    — I support Alternative 2.  Alternative 2 achieves the goal of fire safety without the environmental impacts of proposed project.  In this alternative, an extension of Sea Gull Drive provides a different location for the fire access road and fire line.  The new fire access road would be gated to prevent regular access between the mobile home park and the adjacent neighborhood.  The gate would only be opened for emergency access.  The DEIR appropriately describes Alternative 2 as the Environmentally Superior Alternative.  Alternative 2 would avoid all the damage to the streamside habitat.  Because a much less environmentally-damaging alternative is available, the City must support Alternative 2 to avoid Class I environmental impacts and conflicts with City and Coastal Act policies.

    —The proposed project violates Goleta’s carefully-crafted General Plan.  General Plan policy CE 2.2 requires a minimum 100-foot buffer outward from the tops of stream banks.  This is the streamside protection area, or SPA.  This buffer is required unless a project is infeasible without the reduction and the resulting reduction has insignificant environmental impacts.  Even if conditions for exceptions are met, the SPA cannot be reduced to less than 25 feet.  However, in this case, it is clear there is a feasible alternative, Alternative 2.  In addition, the proposed project with reduced buffers will have significant environmental impacts.  The proposed project will reduce riparian buffers to as low as 6 feet, violating even the minimum requirements of CE 2.2, resulting in an unmitigatable Class I impact to SPAs.

    —The current trail adjacent to Devereux Creek from Coronado Drive to the southern end of the mobile home park is heavily used by walkers, joggers, birders, and bicyclists.  Thus the trail is a valuable public amenity for the community. Most users and neighbors would prefer that the trail stays in its current configuration.  The proposed all weather fire road, and associated water pipeline and wall, would replace this trail and destroy the vegetation on the north side of Devereux Creek.

    —The project proposes to remove native trees in this riparian corridor, including five arroyo willows, one western sycamore, and four live oaks.   The DEIR recognizes these trees are important as habitat, for shading, and as filters for contaminants. Although the DEIR states that this tree removal would constitute a mitigatable Class II impact, mitigation plantings cannot occur in the road corridor, owing to road clearance requirements.  As a consequence, the project would destroy native riparian vegetation without appropriate on-site mitigation, constituting a Class I, unmitigable impact.

    —The Devereux Creek corridor in this area is critical habitat for migratory and resident birds.   The proposed road and vegetation clearances would degrade on-site and adjacent bird and wildlife habitat, including the important migratory bird “stopover site” at the end of Coronado Drive.  This is a designated Audubon birding hotspot known as the “Coronado Seep”.  This area is especially valuable for fall migrants from late July to early October.

    —The DEIR’s analysis of impacts on birds and wildlife lists only 28 bird species that might be affected by the project.  The DEIR is inadequate in its analysis of bird species.  Santa Barbara Audubon has gathered documented observations of 114 bird species within the project area, including 44 migrants and 54 breeding species. These data were collected by many birders who regularly visit this site.  Lists for other vertebrates are also inadequate.  For example, brush rabbits are common in the project area and ringneck snakes are often observed.

    —The DEIR is inadequate in that it does not include the impacts of the project to Recreation.  I recommend that the DEIR be re-circulated to account for impacts to Recreation and mitigation measures that should be implemented.  Large numbers of birders from throughout the state visit the project area, especially the Coronado Seep, from mid-summer through fall.  This is the most visited birding spot in the county in some years.  The impacts to this form of recreation, the loss of Recreation, remedies and mitigations leading to more prudent management of the site are missing.

    —The DEIR and associated Biological Reports (Appendices B and C) recognize that the project would violate many California Coastal Act and Goleta General Plan/CLUP provisions.  These include polices on Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHAs, including raptor and monarch butterfly habitat) and their required buffers, Streamside Protection Areas (SPAs), and wetland buffers.  The Biological Reports recognize that this project violates many of the City’s environmental policies.  However, the DEIR is inadequate because it argues that many of the project impacts could be mitigated.  This assertion contradicts the environmental review documents which clearly state that violation of the underlying policies protecting environmental resources could not be mitigated (therefore resulting in Class I impacts).

    —The proposed fire road is in the Coastal Zone, conflicting with Coastal Act 30240(a), which states that Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area, ESHA, shall be protected against any significant disruption of habitat values; Coastal Act 30240 (b), which states that development adjacent to ESHAs must be situated and designed to prevent impacts to ESHAS, and Coastal Act 30231, which protects the biological productivity and quality of coastal waters, including encouraging riparian habitat.

    —Due to the construction and maintenance of the 20-foot wide road, and 10 foot clearances on both sides (within 6 feet of stream banks), the disruption to bird breeding, feeding, and roosting habitat would persist for the life of the project, that is, indefinitely.

    —The numbering of impacts and mitigations in the Biological Report (Appendix B) do not match the numbering in the DEIR, which is confusing and misleading.  The Biological Report performed a considered analysis of the environmental impacts of the fire safety plan, which largely was not followed in the DEIR.  The DEIR made many unsubstantiated conclusions regarding the class of environmental impacts and the appropriateness of mitigations.  We refer the City to the DEIR’s Appendices B and C for a reasonable environmental impact analysis.

    —The City erred in making the fire safety plan a condition for approval of the mobile home park condominium conversion years ago.  At that time the environmental impacts of the fire safety plan were unknown.  Therefore, the attachment of these conditions as a Development Agreement (DA) did not trigger a revised or supplemental EIR which would have allowed the environmental impacts of the entire project to be evaluated.   The impacts and mitigations for the project with conditions were not examined until long after the conversion was approved, inappropriately limiting the options of future approval bodies.

    —Further, the City is allowing a private operator to build and maintain infrastructure on City-owned public lands, while degrading an important community amenity.

     

    If you can’t testify in person or if you would like to augment your verbal remarks, please send written comments via email to Joe Pearson II, Associate Planner, 805-961-7573; jpearson@cityofgoleta.comno later than 5:00 PM Monday, November 21st.  SBAS will be providing a letter template.

    Notes on City of Goleta process:

    The hearing on the DEIR on November 9 is a hearing before the City’s Environmental Hearing Officer.  The City will take the public’s verbal and written comments on the adequacy of the DEIR.   No decision on the project will be made at the November 9 hearing.  After the hearing the City will incorporate the public’s comments into the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) where appropriate.  Then there will be hearings on the FEIR before the Goleta Planning Commission and the Goleta City Council.  There is also likely to be a hearing before the California Coastal Commission.

    Alternative 2 would require removal of two mobile homes.




     

TGO #33: Goleta Election Information

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 33 — October 17, 2016

Foreword:

This Outlook contains important information on two matters that are vital for Goleta:

  1. This Wednesday’s (10/19) hearing in Goleta about Venoco’s proposal to extend its drilling outside its current offshore lease.
  2. Election information about how Goleta will select its mayor and endorsements that will affect Goleta. There are only about 21 days until Election Day and voting by mail has already started for many people.

Details:

Venoco’s Extended Drilling Proposal

This Wednesday, October 19 California’s State Lands Commission will hear public comment on Venoco’s proposal to drill outside its current offshore lease to include the entire Ellwood Field. To ensure public input, the meeting will take place twice, at 3 and 6 p.m., in the Goleta City Council chambers. People can comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Suggested talking points are listed at the end of this Goleta Outlook.

And you can learn more by reviewing the recent story in the SB Independent, click here.

Also: see below for more information.


Election Information Ballot Item C2016 To Change The Way Goleta Selects Its Mayor.

The Goodland Coalition says “Vote no on C2016” because there is no need to change the current method, as so well discussed by Goleta’s first Mayor, Margaret Connell, in her recent column which you can view here: http://tinyurl.com/zc2fxcx .

We were pleased to see agreement by Andy Caldwell’s News-Press October 13, 2016 opinion column when he opposed measure C2016 by saying it would “…empower, the mayor of Goleta to make all appointments to boards, commissions and committees…Concentrating power and authority into one politician’s hands creates a power vacuum for the rest of the elected officials and is the perfect recipe for abuse behind closed doors.”


Other Key Endorsements

Since our previous edition’s endorsements for Goleta City Council, we were heartened that the Santa Barbara Independent agreed on the importance of voting for BOTH Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards, noting: “The two candidates pushing the pause button hardest are Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards, who we think would bring some necessary balance to a government body otherwise too quick to say yes to developers and too slow to impose conditions designed to protect the environment and ensure affordability.” [SB Independent, 10/6/16]

You can view the Indy’s other endorsements for Goleta City Council, 3rd District Supervisor, and Goleta Water Board with which we agree, here: http://tinyurl.com/hgo5ckt

Just to recap, The Goodland Coalition is proud to make the following endorsements: Goleta City Council: Kyle Richards & Stuart Kasdin To see a new Goleta Grapevine column on the importance of electing both Kyle Richards and Stuart Kasdin, click http://tinyurl.com/gqbqszu

  • 3rd District County Supervisor: Joan Hartmann
  • Goleta’s Proposed Measure for an elected Goleta Mayor (C2016): Vote NO 
  • Goleta Water District Board: Lauren Hanson, Rich 


More information concerning item 1 above regarding Venoco’s expanded drilling application: Draft EIR Talking Points On Venoco South Ellwood Expansion Project – Prepared by EDC, Sierra Club, GOO!, CPA, [10/14/16]

The EIR should disclose the following facts:

  • Venoco seeks to drill into the California Coastal Sanctuary
  • This would be the first new or expanded oil lease in State waters since the 1969 oil spill
  • Expanding the existing lease would violate the settlement agreement between ARCO (Venoco’s predecessor), the State, the County, and the Sierra Club, in which ARCO quitclaimed this area in exchange for additional drilling rights near Long Beach
  • The area to be quitclaimed does not overlie any portion of the South Ellwood oil field; thus the project would simply add 3,400 acres of new oil and gas leasing (i.e., there is no benefit of 431 “net” acres being protected)
  • Venoco wants to process the oil and gas at the Ellwood Onshore Facility, despite the fact that the site was re-zoned in 1990 for recreational use, and such processing would violate the City of Goleta’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • We agree that the project would result in many “Class 1” significant and unavoidable impacts. Given the dangerous and risky nature of the project, the EIR must pay special attention to the impacts associated with the following:
    • Extending the life of Platform Holly and associated facilities
    • The full life cycle of oil and gas drilling, production, processing, refining, transportation and combustion
    • The numerous endangered and threatened species, important habitats and vulnerable ecosystems (including the University’s Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve and the State’s Campus Point Marine Protected Area) that would be affected by an oil spill
    • The adjacent uses that would be impacted by oil spills, gas leaks, air pollution and other risks, including nearby neighborhoods, Ellwood School, Sandpiper Golf Course, Haskell’s Beach, Ellwood Mesa, Highway 101 and frontage roads, Isla Vista, and Devereux
    • The difficulties responding to an oil spill, as evidenced by the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill
    • Consistent with a previous Draft EIR for this proposal, the EIR should use a “zero emission threshold” for greenhouse gas emissions

The EIR analyzes only one alternative, in violation of CEQA. The EIR must analyze a range of alternatives, including clean energy alternatives that would provide the same resource without any of the adverse impacts and risks.


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TGO #32 — the Coalition’s Endorsements

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 32 — September 15, 2016

Foreword:

Along with the Goodland Outlook we sent you last week, today’s Outlook is critically important to Goleta’s future:

  • The elections this fall will be not only for two Goleta City Council seats and for determining how we pick our mayor.
  • This fall’s election will determine who will serve as 3rd District Supervisor for a large number of Goleta residents.
  • It will also determine 3 seats on the Goleta Water Board District, so vital to our residents.

Mail in voting begins in about 30 days from when you receive this.

So this Outlook contains our endorsements for 3rd District Supervisor and for Goleta Water Board District. And in case you missed the last Outlook, we’ll repeat our endorsements for the two city council seats and a measure to change the way we pick our Mayor that will be part of your ballot. Please take a moment to review our recommendations. We encourage you to forward this email to your friends and family who care about Goleta.


THE GOODLAND COALITION’S ENDORSEMENTS, the short version (more detail below):

Goleta City Council:

Kyle Richards

Stuart Kasdin

3 rd District County Supervisor:

Joan Hartmann

Goleta’s Proposed Measure for an elected Goleta Mayor (C2016):

Vote NO

Goleta Water District Board: 

Lauren Hanson

Rich Merrifield

Bill Rosen

More endorsement details are below…but first…


COUNCIL MEETING ON OIL PROCESSING AT GOLETA’S HASKELL BEACH

Mark your calendar to attend the Goleta City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, where they will discuss closing Venoco’s Ellwood Onshore Facility (EOF) processing oil at Haskell’s Beach. This is a non-conforming structure and The Goodland Coalition seeks to have it closed so the public has access to this land that is currently zoned for recreation. For an article detailing the history and issues, see: http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jul/18/time-close- ellwood-onshore- facility/

Click here for the webpage containing a link to the staff report on this item or paste into your browser: https://goleta.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2836336&GUID=E29F0930-5A65-4FE2-B159-35163196EE95

It is vital that the council hear from you in person or via email. Tell them they should take steps to close the EOF as soon as possible.

Here are their email addresses that you can copy into the TO: section of your email or click on the address.

jfarr@cityofgoleta.org,

mbennett@cityofgoleta.org,

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org,

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DETAILS ON THE GOODLAND’S ENDORSEMENTS:

Endorsements for Goleta’s City Council Election

As we indicated in our previous Goodland Outlook, we are proud to announce our endorsements of Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards. Both are Goleta residents who have not run for public office before.

Both Stuart and Kyle have expressed their commitment to a more measured approach to Goleta’s growth, to bring Goleta’s growth in better line with its resources, not just water, but also road capacity, playgrounds, libraries and public safety.

Please take a moment to go to their websites where you can learn more about their qualifications and issues.

Stuart Kasdin: http://www.stuartkasdin.com/

Kyle Richards: http://www.kylerichards.org/

And see Kyle’s events here: http://www.kylerichards.org/events.html

If you like what you see, and if you want Goleta to change its fast growth direction, consider offering them your support. Also, consider forwarding this message to your email friends and family.


Opposition to the proposed measure for an elected Goleta mayor (C2016)

This fall Goleta voters will decide whether to change to a mayor directly elected by the voters for a two- or four-year term. The Goodland Coalition believes that there is no need to change the current system that has worked so well since incorporation. Here are some of the reasons:

  • The proposed change would consolidate more mayoral power by letting the mayor appoint all the members of important committees, such as the Goleta Planning Commission. Under the current system, each counci lmember, including the mayor, appoints just one planning commissioner, making the commission more representative of the views on the council. And members of other advisory groups are selected by the entire city council.”
  • The proposed change would be a waste of taxpayer money, not only increasing election costs but also because under state law, the council would have a blank check to increase the mayor’s compensation.

You can learn more by clicking here to read the Impartial Analysis by the City Attorney: http://www.cityofgoleta.org/home/showdocument?id=12042

Just vote “NO” on C2016


Endorsement for 3rd District Supervisor

We endorse Joan Hartmann for 3 rd District Supervisor. Joan won the primary election against 4 other candidates and now is in a run-off with Bruce Porter. Joan has distinguished herself with a lifetime of public service, from serving as an advocate for foster children to serving on SB County’s Planning Commission. She is a water expert from her work pioneering the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, a partnership of Government agencies, non-profit organizations, environmentalists, scientists and developers.

Joan also is in the forefront of protecting our neighborhoods. She led “Buellton is Our Town,” the successful grassroots campaign that gave Buellton voters the final say on whether to expand beyond city boundaries. And she then helped our own Goodland Coalition with our successful Goleta Farmland Protection Initiative in 2012. We won by 71% and now 5 major agricultural parcels in Goleta can’t be rezoned unless Goleta residents vote yes.

NOTE: While only the Western part of the City of Goleta is in the 3 rd District, we are all affected by who the 3 rd District Supervisor will be. All supervisors provide key County services to Goleta, plus affect all the development just outside Goleta’s boundaries, including The Gaviota Coast.

Please see Joan Hartmann’s website at http://joanhartmannforsupervisor.org/


Endorsements for Goleta Water District Board

We are endorsing the three incumbents, Lauren Hanson, Rick Merrifield and Bill Rosen. We believe that this group has done a good job under very difficult circumstances of the ongoing drought. They took steps to preserve current water supplies, such as invoking the Stage III measures and Measure J, denying new water meters to new projects. Additionally, GWD added new supplies by purchasing water from other districts. And GWD has communicated about our difficult water outlook with the City of Goleta Planning Department.

To learn more about these candidates, please see their websites.

http://www.humbugfarms.com/_laurenhanson/laur_main.php

electrickmerrifield.wordpress.com

http://www.electbillrosen2016.com/



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TGO #31 — Goleta’s Direction

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 31 — September 7, 2016

Foreword:

Today’s Outlook is one of the most important we have sent in a long time because it affects not just a single project or development. The fall Goleta election will determine Goleta’s direction for a long time to come. This Outlook contains our endorsements for the two city council seats and a measure, C2016, to change the way we pick our Mayor that will be part of your ballot.

Please take a moment to review. Note that to avoid cluttering your mailbox, we try to send issues of the Goodland Outlook only when something important is coming up. The summer was slow and many items were postponed, so that’s why you haven’t heard from us in a while. More of The Goodland Coalition’s endorsements will appear in our next Goodland Outlook coming soon.


GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL ELECTION:

The Goodland Coalition is announcing our endorsements for the Goleta City Council Election taking place this fall when 2 seats are up for election.

We are proud to announce our endorsements of Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards. Both are Goleta residents who have not run for public office before.

We are confident that when elected, these bright, energetic candidates will offer an alternative to the fast growth that Goleta has been experiencing.

Both Stuart and Kyle have expressed their commitment to a more measured approach to Goleta’s growth, to bring Goleta’s growth in better line with its resources, not just water, but also road capacity, playgrounds, libraries and public safety.

Please take a moment to go to their websites where you can learn more about their qualifications and issues.

Stuart Kasdin:   http://www.stuartkasdin.com/

Kyle Richards:   http://www.kylerichards.org/

If you like what you see, and if you want Goleta to change its fast growth direction, consider offering them your support. Also, consider forwarding this message to your email friends and family.


GOLETA’S PROPOSED MEASURE FOR AN ELECTED MAYOR

This fall Goleta voters will decide whether to change to a mayor directly elected by the voters for a two- or four-year term.

The Goodland Coalition believes that there is no need to change the current system that has worked so well since incorporation. Here are some of the reasons:

  • The proposed change would consolidate more mayoral power by letting the mayor appoint all the members of important committees, such as the Goleta Planning Commission. Under the current system, each councilmember, including the mayor, appoints just one planning commissioner, making the commission more representative of the views on the council. And members of other advisory groups are selected by the entire city council.
  • The proposed change would be a waste of taxpayer money, not only increasing election costs but also because under state law, the council would have a blank check to increase the mayor’s compensation.

You can learn more by clicking here to read the Impartial Analysis by the Goleta City Attorney:

Again, The Goodland Coalition recommendation is rooted in the important maxim: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”


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TGO #30 — An Invitation

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 30 — April 8, 2016

Dear Goleta residents,

Here is your invitation to meet and ask questions directly to the person leading Goleta’s new zoning code effort. Goleta’s Director of Planning and Environmental Review, Jennifer Carman will be the featured guest this coming Thursday, April 14. Don’t miss this chance to have your questions answered and to share your concerns in an informal, relaxed setting.

The Public is Invited To:

A COMMUNITY MEETING ON THE CITY OF GOLETA’S PROPOSED NEW ZONING CODE

Co-hosted by 

the Citizen’s Planning Association,

Goleta Valley Beautiful,

the Goodland Coalition,

the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara,

and

the Westside Goleta Coalition

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00pm

At the Goleta Public Library, Multipurpose Room


PROGRAM

6:30pm-7:00pm: An overview and community discussion on the City’s proposed new zoning code with city planning staff.

7:00pm-8:00pm: Q & A with Jennifer Carman, City of Goleta’s Director of Planning and Environmental Review, and Anne Wells, Planning Manager, Advance Planning Division.

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Meeting is Free. All Are Welcome!

If you missed any of the meetings/workshops held by the City since January, this meeting is an opportunity to learn more.

This will be the only community-held meeting where the planning staff responsible for overseeing the development of the proposed code and setting the process for adoption will be available for a Q & A session.


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TGO #29 — 4 New Items

The Goodland Outlook, Edition 29 — March 13, 2016

In this issue:

1. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A COMMUNITY FORUM ON GOLETA DEVELOPMENT: "WHAT IS THERE NOW AND WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING?"
2. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO THE GOODLAND COALITION'S COMMUNITY FORUM ON GOLETA'S PROPOSED NEW ZONING CODE.
3. GOLETA'S PROPOSED ZONING CODE REVISIONS: OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE.
4. THE PROPOSED ZONING CODE SECTION DEALING WITH MOVABLE, ELECTRONIC SIGNS - A LETTER SENT BY GOLETA RESIDENT CECILIA BROWN TO GOLETA'S CITY COUNCIL ON BEHALF OF THE GOODLAND COALITION.
1.  THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A COMMUNITY FORUM ON GOLETA DEVELOPMENT: “WHAT IS THERE NOW, AND WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING?” —  Wednesday, 3/16, noon – 2 p.m., at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, Victoria/de la Vina Streets, Santa Barbara. Sponsor: League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara County.

PROGRAM: First, the League’s long-time member and friend, and former Goleta mayor and council member, Margaret Connell will talk about how Goleta was formed and the vision behind its initial Community Plan.  She will be followed by 27-year Goleta Resident George Relles, Convener of The Goodland Coalition, who will talk about how the General Plan evolved, The Goodland’s own role in amending it, and some of the challenges and opportunities that have arisen.

They will be followed by a presentation of two separate issues causing new concerns.

  • Cherie Topper, Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s executive director, will explain why a new coalition is forming to resist the rezoning of the Shelby Project from agriculture to residential.
  • Cecilia Brown, an experienced county planning commissioner, will discuss Goleta’s plan to adopt a completely new Rezoning Ordinance and the problems the public has in understanding it.

Finally, Robert Miller will discuss the Westside Goleta Coalition‘s successful effort to change the location of a new, enlarged California Highway Patrol substation in Goleta.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of each speaker.

WHEN: March 16, 2016, Noon-2:00PM.

WHERE: The Louise Lowry Davis Center – corner of De la Vina and Victoria Street.

ADMISSION: Free, no reservation is necessary. Free parking. Bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

2. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO THE GOODLAND COALITION'S COMMUNITY FORUM ON GOLETA'S PROPOSED NEW ZONING CODE — sponsored by The Goodland Coalition and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara and Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara County

PROGRAM: This unique program will allow for more in-depth interaction with City staff by providing more time to ask questions and comments and to hear specific staff responses on the proposed zoning code.

The Moderator will provide a brief introduction on the background of the process to date, what is happening next, and then introduce City staff.

Planning and Environmental Review Director Jennifer Carman and staff will make some comments and answer questions.

General information about the proposed changes and review process can be found at  goletazoning.com.

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8:30PM.

WHERE: The Goleta Public Library 500 N Fairview Avenue, Goleta

ADMISSION: Free, no reservation is necessary

3. MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT GOLETA'S PROPOSED ZONING CODE REVISIONS:

Here are details of upcoming City of Goleta meetings on Zoning

  • The last scheduled Open House on the Goleta Zoning Ordinance will take place April 7, Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Goleta City Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive. Staff attending will be able to provide general information and respond to participants’ questions.
  • The next Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance workshop is April 11, 6:00 p.m. in the Goleta City Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive.

The meetings are televised on Channel 19 and are also streamed on the Internet from the following link, where agenda and staff reports can also be obtained: http://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/government-meeting-agendas-and-videos/planning-commission-meetings

4.  THE PROPOSED ZONING CODE SECTION DEALING WITH MOVABLE, ELECTRONIC SIGNS – A LETTER SENT BY GOLETA RESIDENT CECILIA BROWN TO GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL ON BEHALF OF THE GOODLAND COALITION

 

Mayor Farr and Councilmembers,

Next week the Design Review Board and the following week the Planning Commission will start their review of the sign ordinance which proposes to allow electronic changeable copy signs for quasi-public land uses (i.e., community assembly facilities which are churches and a facility like the Elks Lodge) located in residential areas.

In the northeast quadrant of the city where I live, N. Fairview to east of Cathedral Oaks, there are 11 of these facilities, most located in the heart of neighborhoods with the majority directly across from houses. Should these signs be codified into the ordinance, they will be a radical departure where now just two traditionally lighted and static changeable copy signs exist.

While electronic changeable copy signs allowed in the sign ordinance will be smaller than the colorful, brightly lighted, and visually distracting LED sign at Earl Warren Showgrounds, they will have many of the same characteristics. The sign ordinance allows them to “blink, flash, shimmer, glitter, rotate, and oscillate” and change copy every few seconds, making then totally out of place and character with residential living. Most importantly, electronic changeable copy signs are in conflict with the city’s General Plan land use and visual resource policies and inconsistent with other policies in the proposed zoning code. The city needs to rethink the use of these signs for any land use located in or near residential areas because of their incompatibility with residential zoning.

A consistent theme across a search of internet literature reveals the negative effect electronic changeable copy signs have on the quality of life of residential areas.  Now a part of the new sign ordinance, these signs should have been included for analysis and assessed for their impacts in the zoning code’s draft supplemental EIR (DSEIR).  But, there is no mention of them at all.

The Goodland Coalition believes this an oversight. In the DSEIR, there must be an analysis of these sign’s impacts and inconsistencies with the General Plan and mitigations provided for those impacts or if not possible, then a rewrite of the project description (the sign ordinance) to eliminate them is required. The community must know why the City of Goleta is imposing these community character changing signs on neighborhoods. To not have already had a public dialogue or discussion before decision maker hearings take place is a disservice to the public process. The three minutes allotted to speak at decision-maker hearings is insufficient and inadequate to address the many issues with these signs.

Sincerely,

Cecilia Brown

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TGO # 28 — 3 items

The Goodland Outlook Edition 28, January 22, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:

1. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A MEETING ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL.”
2. GOLETA’S PROPOSED ZONING CODE REVSIONS: OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE
3. UPDATE: CHP STATION WILL NOT BE BUILT AT PROPOSED WEST HOLLISTER LOCATION


1.  FREE PUBLIC MEETING: “Running for and Serving on
Goleta’s City Council”

The Goodland Coalition is responding to community interest in the duties and responsibilities of serving on Goleta’s City Council and what it takes to run for this office. The Coalition will be hosting a free, non-partisan public meeting on Thursday, February 4, 6:45 PM at the Goleta Public Library Meeting Room.

PROGRAM

  •  Margaret Connell, Goleta’s first Mayor and twice elected to the City Council, will speak about the duties, rewards, and time commitment for serving on the Council, including attending council meetings, committees, and community functions, remuneration, and other considerations.
  • James Kyriaco, past campaign manager for several local elections, will speak about running for office – the mechanics of filing, deadlines, public speaking, and “electioneering” including campaign costs and fundraising.
  • Audience question and answer period: The attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of Margaret, James and former city councilmember Cynthia Brock. Attendees can also comment on what they are looking for in a city council candidate.

WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Goleta Public Library, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta
ADMISSION: Free
R.S.V.P.: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org


2. Goleta’s Proposed Zoning Code  Revisions:  Opportunities to Learn More

Goleta’s Zoning Code will affect many issues regarding land use in Goleta. General information about the proposed changes and review process can be found at http://www.goletazoning.com/

Additional and more interactive ways for the community to learn about the City’s proposed zoning code is to attend Planning Commission meetings and/or one of the Open House Workshops discussing the code.

  • The next Planning Commission workshop is Monday Jan 25 at 6 PM and another will be held on February 8 at 6 PM. The meetings take place at Goleta City Hall. The meetings are televised on Channel 19 and are also streamed on the Internet from the following link, where agenda and staff reports can also be obtained http://www.cityofgoleta.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7241/338?backlist=%2f
  • The first general Open House workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 4-7 PM. Another such workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 9AM-4 PM. Staff attending will be able to provide general information and respond to participants’ questions.

3. Update: CHP Station will not be built at the proposed West Hollister Location.

Here is the announcement from The Westside Goleta Coalition:

Westside Goleta Supporters,
I joyfully write to report that the CHP has decided it will not build its new Santa Barbara Area Replacement Office at 7780 Hollister! The news was personally delivered today by Captain Mark D’Arelli, our local CHP Commander. Captain D’Arelli came to my home to hand deliver a letter from CHP Commissioner J.A. Farrow. Commissioner Farrow and Captain D’Arelli told us they heard our concerns loud and clear at the December 8 hearing at the Goleta Valley Community Center.

In other words, the residents of western Goleta stood up to save their community from inappropriate development. The CHP listened and we are grateful.  We told Captain D’Arelli that we will do all that we can to help them find an appropriate location in Goleta. And we express our sincere appreciation to Commissioner Farrow, Captain D’Arelli and everyone in the local CHP office. We are pleased beyond words, and I thank every single one of you for your active support and participation throughout this challenging endeavor.

Robert K. Miller,

Westside Goleta Coalition


 


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TGO #27 — 2 important items

This Edition is to inform Goletans about 2 important items:

– THINKING OF RUNNING FOR GOLETA CITY COUNCIL? The Goodland Coalition is hosting a free presentation for people interested in running for Goleta City Council in November 2016 when there will be two seats up for election.

– GOLETA’S PROPOSED NEW ZONING CODE. There are 3 important opportunities in January 2016 to learn and comment about Goleta’s proposed, new zoning code, especially relating to the new sign ordinance and on residential zoning. See especially the upcoming Monday, January 11, Goleta Planning Committee meeting.

DETAILS:

— THINKING OF RUNNING FOR GOLETA CITY COUNCIL? —

The Goodland Coalition is responding to community interest in the duties and responsibilities of serving on Goleta’s City Council and what it takes to run for this office. We will be hosting a free, non-partisan public meeting:

WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 6:45 PM

WHERE: at the Goleta Public Library Meeting Room.

PROGRAM

Margaret Connell, Goleta’s first Mayor and twice elected to the City Council, will speak about the duties, rewards, and time commitment for serving on the Council including attending council meetings, committees, and community functions, remuneration, and other considerations.

James Kyriaco, former campaign manager for several local elections, will speak about running for office, mechanics of filing, deadlines, public speaking, and “electioneering” including campaign costs and fundraising.

Audience question and answer period: The attendees will have the opportunity to ask Margaret and James questions. Attendees can also comment on what they are looking for in a city council candidate.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

LOCATION: Goleta Public Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta

ADMISSION: Free

R.S.V.P.: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org

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DETAILS:

— GOLETA’S PROPOSED NEW ZONING CODE —

As you may know, Goleta is entering the final stages of reviewing and approving its new Zoning Code.  The new code will define what can be done on each piece of land in Goleta, as well as the process for review and approval of applications for development, signage, etc.

People interested in the proposed changes need to get involved now. So we’re writing to alert residents to several opportunities coming up soon to learn about the proposed new code and to participate in or watch the hearings.

1. The first opportunity is on Monday, January 11, 6 PM at the Goleta Planning Commission meeting at Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, Goleta.  (Directions) Staff will give a review of the draft zoning ordinance Part I, General Provisions.   Below is a brief synopsis of what is included in the General Provisions.

Chapter 17.01 Introductory Provisions

Chapter 17.02 Rules for Construction of Language

Chapter 17.03 Rules of Measurement

Should you wish to get into the details of what is included in each chapter, go to http://www.goletazoning.com/documents.html

and then click on the Public Review Draft Zoning Ordinance link.

2. A second opportunity is the Goleta Planning Commission meeting of January 25 where staff will present a summary of the draft zoning ordinance Part II Base Zoning Districts. The first chapter, 17.07, pertains to Residential Zoning.  This section is of particular importance to people concerned about what areas are designated for residential use and the characteristics allowed for those residences.

Should you wish to get into the details, go to http://www.goletazoning.com/documents.html

And click on the Public Review Draft Zoning Ordinance link.

3. At 3 PM on January 26 at the Goleta Design Review Board meeting, members will consider the draft sign ordinance. This is a document of particular importance because the standards in it very much affect the visual aesthetic of the city. Since the city’s incorporation, the city has not enforced its sign ordinance, leaving some areas of the city with many illegal and unpermitted signs.

The public is invited to attend meetings on zoning. In addition, agendas, staff reports and links to view the meetings via live streaming can be accessed at the website below.

http://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/government-meeting-agendas-and-videos

People and organizations interested in the new zoning code need to begin now to become informed and weigh in on the proposed changes. 

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