TGO #48

October 31, 2019

Friends,
 
We are lucky to still live in a place where we can parti- cipate in guiding the future of our community. Yes, sometimes there is a LOT going on all at once. Still, this Goodland Outlook provides notice of several opportunities for Goleta residents to make our voices heard.
 
1. GOLETA’S NEW ZONING ORDINANCE DRAFT WILL BE TAKEN UP AT GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 5:30 PM
 
2. PUBLIC WORKSHOP TO PROVIDE INPUT ON THE BARON RANCH MASTER PLAN,   6-8PM, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AT THE GOLETA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, 5679 HOLLISTER AVENUE
 
3. LAND USE PLANNING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE: OUR COAST – A FORUM AT GOLETA’S COMMUNITY CENTER, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 6:30PM SPONSORED BY CITIZEN’S PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA
 
4. TAKE AN IMPORTANT SURVEY TO IMPROVE BIKING IN GOLETA
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All the DETAILS:

1. GOLETA’S NEW ZONING ORDINANCE DRAFT WILL
BE TAKEN UP AT GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 5:30PM
The public is encouraged to attend and/or comment on Goleta’s Draft New Zoning Ordinance (NZO). The Agenda for the 5:30PM Tuesday, November 5 City Council meeting is available now.
 
Goleta’s major Zoning Plan revision will potentially impact every single property in Goleta, where you live and shop, whether you own or rent . Please look at the agenda and staff report . 

Excerpts from the City of Goleta statement about
Tuesday’s meeting follow:
“Mayor Paula Perotte wants Goleta residents to know what they are getting out of this process. She said, “The new code will clear up ambiguities and provide more useful detail than exists in the current code. The clarity and detail of the new code will promote consistency in how we deal with “like” situations, consistency in how residents and businesses are treated. We all want to be treated fairly and that starts with equal treatment in “like” situations. The new code will increase opportunities for people to learn when a project is coming forward, increase the instances when decisions must be made in public and in every instance provide the opportunity to appeal in a public setting.”…
…”The focus of the staff presentation will be on key issue areas, but any topic will be open for discussion. Key topics will include:
* City projects permitting requirements
* Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA) regulations pertaining to streamside protection areas, lagoon buffers, native oak woodlands and savannas buffers;
* Inclusionary Housing requirements for rental units;
* Residential care facilities in single-family and planned residential zones; and
* Noticing of proposed development projects.

During the November 5 meeting, Council will have an opportunity to receive public input on the NZO, and give policy direction concerning any needed changes to the document. Continued discussion on the NZO and possible adoption will occur on December 3, 2019.” [ end of Goleta’s statement.]

TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Come and testify. If you can’t attend, you can submit comments to Goleta’s Mayor Paula Perotte and City Council via the City Clerk at cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org      
Or mail: Attn: Mayor and City Council and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, California 93117. 

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2. PUBLIC WORKSHOP TO PROVIDE INPUT ON THE BARON RANCH MASTER PLAN,   6-8PM, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AT THE GOLETA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER AT 5679 HOLLISTER AVENUE
In conjunction with the Third Supervisorial District and the Community Services Department, Parks Division, the, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division of the Public Works Department has begun the process to develop a Master Plan for Baron Ranch, which is located on the Gaviota coast.  
Click here to see a web page that contains links to the Save the Date fliers in English and Spanish, as well as a link to a survey:  http://www.countyofsb.org/pwd/baron.sbc 
Click here to see more about Baron Ranch.
The proposed objectives of this Master Plan are to: 
Maintain the functionality of Baron Ranch as a buffer and mitigation site for the Division; 
Ensure protection of environmental resources required under current and future permits from various regulatory agencies; 
Identify and evaluate options for developing increased public recreational opportunities on Baron Ranch; and 
Ensure that all activities are fiscally sustainable and to consider revenue generating opportunities to offset costs to ratepayers. 
This workshop is a chance for the public to give 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann and SB County your comments on this important natural resource.
 
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3. LAND USE PLANNING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE: OUR COAST – A FORUM AT GOLETA’S COMMUNITY CENTER, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 6:30PM SPONSORED BY CITIZEN’S PLANNING ASSOCIATION (CPA) OF SANTA BARBARA
 
The public is invited to CPA’s FREE community forum discussing climate change’s impacts on our coastal areas. There will be time for audience questions.
 
FORUM PANELISTS WILL INCLUDE
♦ Dr. Charles Lester, Director, Ocean & Coastal Policy Center, UC Santa Barbara
Lester previously served as the Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission. 
♦ Dr. Lisa Stratton, Director of Ecosystem Management, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration, UC Santa Barbara
♦ Mo Lovegreen, Executive Officer, Department of Geography, Director, Campus Sustainability
♦ Garrett Wong, Climate Change Program Manager, Sustainability Division, County of Santa Barbara
♦ Moderator, Rachel Couch, Central Coast Project Manager, State Coastal Conservancy WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 6:30-9PM
WHERE: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta.    
ADMISSION: Free 
 
This event is the second of 4 in CPA’s “Community Land Use Planning In a Changing Climate” meetings to be held throughout the County. For more information contact Yeselle at 805-966-3979, citizensplanning.org
 
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4. TAKE AN IMPORTANT SURVEY TO IMPROVE BIKING IN GOLETA
 
Biking improvements help not only bicyclists’ safety and convenience. Improving biking in Goleta also reduces traffic congestion, parking shortages and gas prices for motorists So whether you are a bike rider or just want to share the roads safely with bicyclists, please read the important announcement below and take a few moments to fill out the survey.

The following is from The City of Goleta]
Calling all bike riders and fans of Goleta!  We need you to participate in a survey to share your thoughts on what it’s like to bike in Goleta.  Your feedback will help determine Goleta’s score in the 2020 PlacesForBikes ratings, which identifies the best U.S. towns for bicycling and rewards those that are improving the fastest.
City Staff have been hard at work this past year to ensure bicycling in Goleta is better than ever.  Here are a list of improvements:
Completed the Fairview Avenue bike lane and sidewalk project in front of Goleta Valley Library
Completed the Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan in 2018 and have started to implement many of the policies and procedures
Constructed a new pedestrian crosswalk on S. Kellogg Avenue at the Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park
Constructed a portion of the Class I/Multi-purpose Path on the east side of Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park in preparation for the future Active Transportation Project San Jose Creek Multi-purpose Path 
In the process of completing the design of many pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, and a path along Fairview Avenue/US 101 for infill

We hope you will take time out to help Goleta’s Places for Bikes score by filling out the survey  here Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of where, how, why or if you ride. Your responses help put Goleta on the map as a bike friendly city! [ end of Goleta’s statement.]
Don’t delay, the survey ends soon.  

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P.S. Forward a link to this website page to your friends who may not be on our list. 


FYI: CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:


To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin, Kyriaco, and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, jkyriaco@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org


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This Goodland Outlook contains 4 important items that The Goodland Coalition wants to make SURE you are aware of.  

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TGO #47: More Great Goleta News!

The Goodland Outlook #47 — September 28, 2019

Friends,   
This Goodland Outlook contains 4 important items that The Goodland Coalition wants to make SURE you are aware of.  

1. GOLETA’S NEW ZONING ORDINANCE MEETINGS CONTINUE AT GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING, 6PM Monday, October 7.

2. LAND USE PLANNING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE: GOLETA – A forum at Goleta’s Library, Thursday, October 3, 6:30PM sponsored by Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara.

3. NEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING TIMES – EVENING MEETINGS ONLY. 

4. COME TO THE RIBBON CUTTING AND FUN AT OLD TOWN GOLETA’S NEWEST RECREATION AREA – Wednesday, October 2, 4-6PM.

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All the DETAILS:

1. GOLETA’S NEW ZONING ORDINANCE IS IN THE “HOMESTRETCH” at the GOLETA PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING, 6PM, Monday, September 9

1. GOLETA’S NEW ZONING ORDINANCE MEETINGS CONTINUE AT GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING, 6PM Monday, October 7

The public is encouraged to attend and/or comment on Goleta’s New Zoning Ordinance (NZO). The Agenda for the 6 PM Monday October 7, 2019, Planning Commission Meeting will be available here.  

Goleta’s major Zoning Plan revision will potentially impact every single property in Goleta, where you live and shop, own or rent. Please look at the agenda and staff report when they are posted to identify and review sections you are most interested in. 

TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Make your voice heard by attending the Planning Commission Meetings. If you can’t attend, you can submit comments to the Planning Commissioners via the City Clerk at cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org   

Or mail: Attn: Planning Commission and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, California 93117.  

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2. LAND USE PLANNING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE: GOLETA – A forum at Goleta’s Library, Thursday, October 3, 6:30PM, sponsored by Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara (CPA)

The public is invited to CPA’s FREE community forum discussing climate change’s impacts on Goleta land use.

Forum Panelists will include:

♦ Director Peter Imhof, Goleta Planning & Environmental Review

♦ Selena Evilsizor, AICP Senior Planner, Santa Barbara County Long Range Planning Division

♦ Andrew Bermond, AICP Project Planner, Santa Barbara Airport

♦ Moderator: Rachel Couch, Project Manager, Coastal Conservancy Central Coast

WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 6:45-9PM

WHERE: Goleta Library Multipurpose Room, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA ADMISSION: Free

This event is the first of 4 in CPA’s “Community Land Use Planning In a Changing Climate” meetings to be held throughout the County.

For more information call Yeselle at 805-966-3979 citizensplanning.org.  

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3. NEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING TIMES – EVENING MEETINGS ONLY STARTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1.

Goleta’s major Zoning Plan revision will potentially impact every single property in Goleta, where you live and shop, own or rent. Just take a look at the major topic list in the paragraph after next that we culled from the staff report (you should really look at the agenda and staff report for yourself to review sections you are most interested in.)  

Major zoning code areas that will be covered at the Planning Commission meeting(s) include environmental, development and commercial issues. Below, see just SOME of these issues and the intent of the recommended changes.   

TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: If you can’t attend, you can submit comments to the Planning Commissioners via the City Clerk at cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org

Or mail: Attn: Planning Commission and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, California 93117. 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:

On the recommendation of Goleta’s volunteer Public Engagement Commission, the City Council approved starting its meetings in early evening. This will make it more convenient for people who work during daytime hours to attend the meetings or watch them on TV. In addition, it is hoped that it will increase the number of people who would consider serving on Goleta’s City Council.  

This new meeting schedule will begin at 5:30 PM, October 1, 2019, (with their closed session taking place at 4:00 PM). You can view the October 1 meeting agenda here. Meetings will continue to take place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and will start at 5:30PM on those dates. 

There are several ways to watch a meeting: –

Come in person to City Hall Council Chambers (130 Cremona Drive, Suite B); Live or at any time on the City’s website (https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings)

Channel 19 live on Tuesday meeting dates, or rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 10AM and 5PM.

You can always check the City Calendar to confirm the meeting date. To receive City Council agendas via email or text message, sign up by clicking here

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4. COME TO THE RIBBON CUTTING AND FUN AT OLD TOWN GOLETA’S NEWEST RECREATION AREA – Wednesday, October 2, 4-6PM

Open Space. Clarify the requirement for open space in residential areas- 

Click here to see your invitation to the ribbon cutting and celebration of Goleta’s newest, multi-purpose recreation field, Wednesday, October 2, 4-6PM. The ribbon cutting will take place at 5679 Hollister Avenue (behind the Goleta Valley Community Center and adjacent to the Boys & Girls Club) 

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “In addition to the recently opened Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park in Old Town Goleta, this field shows the City’s commitment to creating spaces for the community to gather.”  

Besides the ribbon cutting, there will be fun activities for children. Mayor Perotte will also give a walking tour of the renovated one-acre site which includes new natural grass turf with gopher mesh for the field, new irrigation, a walking perimeter path, and a fitness station.

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P.S. Forward a link to this website page to your friends who may not be on our list. 

FYI: CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin, Kyriaco, and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, jkyriaco@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

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TGO #46 – Opportunities to Shape Goleta’s Future

— The Goodland Outlook, September 5, 2019 —

Friends,  
There is so much going on now that the “summer lull” is over. This
Goodland Outlook contains four important items that The Goodland
Coalition wants to make SURE you are aware of.

1. GOLETA’S NEW ZONING ORDINANCE IS IN THE “HOMESTRETCH”
— GOLETA PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING, 6PM Monday,
September 9.
2. POTENTIAL FOR POWER OUTAGES.
3. AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CLEAN GOLETA’S CREEKS WITH THE EDC .
4. NEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING TIMES – EVENING MEETINGS ONLY.

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All the DETAILS:

1. GOLETA’S NEW ZONING ORDINANCE IS IN THE “HOMESTRETCH” at the GOLETA PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING, 6PM, Monday, September 9

The public is encouraged to attend and/or comment on Goleta’s New Zoning Ordinance (NZO). The Agenda for the 6 PM Monday, September 9, Planning Commission Meeting has been posted and is available here. Or click here to see the staff report for this Planning Commission item directly.

Goleta’s major Zoning Plan revision will potentially impact every single property in Goleta, where you live and shop, own or rent. Just take a look at the major topic list in the paragraph after next that we culled from the staff report (you should really look at the agenda and staff report for yourself to review sections you are most interested in.)  

Major zoning code areas that will be covered at the Planning Commission meeting(s) include environmental, development and commercial issues. Below, see just SOME of these issues and the intent of the recommended changes.   

TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: If you can’t attend, you can submit comments to the Planning Commissioners via the City Clerk at cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org

Or mail: Attn: Planning Commission and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, California 93117. 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:

Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA). Strengthen the protections for all forms of environmentally sensitive areas such as stream sides- 

Open Space. Clarify the requirement for open space in residential areas- 

Visual Resource Protection. Strengthen protection of scenic view, including mountains, foothills, open space, natural landforms, and scenic easements and corridors

DEVELOPMENT ISSUES:

Fences and Hedges. Clarify requirements for fences, freestanding walls, and hedges located within the front setback – 

Parking Standards. Increases and changes to parking requirements – 

Trailers and Recreational Vehicle Parking/Storage. Revisions to trailers and recreational vehicle parking/storage; continued to be allowed within the front and side setbacks- 

Height. Revisions and methodology for measuring height – 

Design Review. Substantial revisions to Design Review Board (DRB) process and authority including moving final design approval back to the DRB.- 

Existing Development Plans. Changes and explanations for Nonconforming Uses and Structures- 

NEW Development Plans. An exemption added under which a Development Plan for single-family and multi-family development of up to four units would not be required in certain zones. 

COMMERCIAL ISSUES:

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance. Prohibition on cannabis drive-through uses and a prohibition on commercial industrial hemp as well as identifying where cannabis uses may operate and cannabis use parking standards- 

Mobile Vendors. Specific standards these types of business activity must meet in order to be exempted from permit requirements 

Again, click here to see the staff report for this Planning Commission item that includes all the details. Make your voice heard by attending the Planning Commission Meeting or sending an email. 

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2. POTENTIAL FOR POWER OUTAGES 

You have probably heard about Southern California Edison’s (SCE) plans to shut off power to prevent wildfires from high risk weather events.

Such planned outages could leave Goleta residents without power for up to 5 days. So NOW is the time to prepare and discuss with your family and roommates steps for dealing with such a shutoff. 

You can start by registering to receive emergency alerts from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) at www.ReadySBC.org.

Here are some resources to help you learn more and prepare:

To receive emergency information from the City of Goleta, go to https://tinyurl.com/goletaemergency, text Goleta Emergency to 468311, or call 805-961-7508. 

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3. AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CLEAN GOLETA’S CREEKS WITH THE EDC 

The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) has five upcoming creek cleanups in Goleta this fall. EDC is a nonprofit law firm with a 40-year history of working to promote the health of our community by protecting clean water, clean air, and a clean environment.

Why a cleanup? This is an annual event to preserve Goleta’s creeks, protect wildlife habitats and provide clean drinking water which filters into Goleta’s groundwater basins. Our creeks are also an important part of our recreational opportunities, bordering our parks, walking and biking paths. 

Last year, over 100 volunteers and partners, including City of Goleta, Santa Barbara County, and Urban Creeks Council, removed 4,748 pounds of trash from Goleta’s creeks! Volunteers are needed this year to remove newly accumulated Goleta stream litter before winter rains wash it out to the Goleta Slough and Pacific Ocean.   

This year’s upcoming creek cleanup schedule is from 10am – 12pm on the following dates:

  • September 7  – Glen Annie Creek
  • September 14 (United Way Day of Caring) – San Pedro Creek
  • September 28 (Creek Week) – San Jose Creek
  • October 5 – Maria Ygnacio Creek
  • October 26 – Atascadero Creek

For more information and to RSVP for EDC’s creek cleanups, please visit www.EnvironmentalDefenseCenter.org, call the EDC at 805-963-1622, or email Brian Trautwein, EDC Environmental Analyst/Watershed Program Coordinator, at btrautwein@environmentaldefensecenter.org

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4. NEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING TIMES – EVENING MEETINGS ONLY

Upon the recommendation of Goleta’s volunteer Public Engagement Commission, the City Council approved starting its meetings in early evening, no longer in the afternoon. This is to make it more convenient for people who work during daytime hours to attend the meetings or watch them on TV. 

This new meeting schedule will begin at 5:50 PM, October 1, 2019, (with their closed session taking place at 4:00 PM). Meetings will continue to take place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and will start at 5:50PM on those dates.

There are several ways to watch a meeting: Come in person to City Hall Council Chambers (130 Cremona Drive, Suite B)- Live or at any time on the City’s website (https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings)- Channel 19 live on Tuesday meeting dates, or rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

You can always check the City Calendar to confirm the meeting date. To receive City Council agendas sent to you via email or text message, sign up by clicking here.

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P.S. Forward a link to this website page to your friends who may not be on our list. 

FYI: CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin, Kyriaco, and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, jkyriaco@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

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TGO #45 — Important Goleta News

— The Goodland Outlook, April 15, 2019 —

Friends, There is SO much happening in Goleta that we think you want to know about. Ergo, this latest Goodland Outlook #45. Please share with your friends.

1. The Public is Invited to the CliffsNotes Version of Goleta’s Zoning Ordinance Revision (with Q & A and Refreshments)

2. Highlights of Goleta’s April 2019 State of the City

3. Save the Date –  GOLETA RALLY for PEDESTRIAN SAFETY at the FAIRVIEW SHOPPING CENTER, Friday, May 10, 2019, at 3PM

4. Santa Barbara Shores Tree Pruning and One Tree Removal at Santa Barbara Shores

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All the DETAILS:

1. The Public is Invited to the CliffsNotes Version of Goleta’s Zoning Ordinance Revision (with Q & A and Refreshments)   

Goleta’s Zoning Revision will affect every development and property where you live and work and all aroundThe Goodland Coalition, is hosting a briefing for the public at the Goleta Library at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 25.

Take this quiz to decide if knowing about Goleta’s future zoning is of interest to you:

– Do you care if your next door neighbor in your residential neighborhood applies to re-zone his property to open a drive-thru hamburger stand? 

– Do you care if your ability to park your boat or RV near your house is reduced? 

– Do you care if the business next to yours installs a large, glaring movable sign that flashes night and day? 

– Do you care if development occurs within a few feet of a creek or environmentally sensitive area? 

– Do you care if someone builds a shopping center or a hotel before you have a chance to comment on much traffic it is likely to generate, or how it blocks mountain views, or what the building will look like? 

– Do you care if the buyer of the house next door tears it down and builds a replacement three-story house within 3 feet of your house? 

If you answer YES to at least 2 of the 6 questions above, you probably want to learn more about Goleta’s proposed zoning code changes. There is still time for your voice to be heard before the new code is approved by City Council. Here’s how:

Come to the Community meeting specifically on Goleta’s New Zoning Ordinance at 6:30PM, Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Goleta Library. “Superstars” from the City of Goleta will be there to provide the “CliffsNotes” version and answer your questions.

After a brief presentation, this will be YOUR chance to give input on how things should work in Goleta pertaining to current and future land use and development, and to ask questions. 

If you want to learn more on your own about the zoning ordinance revision process, click here: http://www.goletazoning.com/

You can also contact: Anne Wells, Advance Planning Manager ( awells@cityofgoleta.org or 805-961-7500.)

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2. Video of Goleta’s April 2019 State of the City

Goleta’s Third Annual State of the City on April 4 took place at the Goleta Valley Community Center auditorium. You can see it by just clicking here  https://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/government-meeting-agendas-and-videos If the video is not yet on the site, please check back in a few days. And you can see the Noozhawk coverage here https://www.noozhawk.com/article/goleta_mayor_state_of_the_city_addressMayor Paula Perotte and City Manager Michelle Greene talked about…well…the state of Goleta and then they and staff answered audience questions.

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3. Save the Date – GOLETA RALLY for PEDESTRIAN SAFETY at the FAIRVIEW SHOPPING CENTER Friday, May 10, 2019 at 3PM

School kids, seniors, disabled, and all pedestrians deserve a SAFE way to navigate the Fairview Shopping Center without competing in the road with the multitude of vehicles rolling through the south end of the mall.   

After years of unanswered requests by the Fairview Center’s management, it’s time for their customers – that’s US – to step up, through impactful community action!

Please join The New Town Safety Goleta resident group rally to create ONE unified voice of reason and responsibility. Let’s get this sidewalk in place before a tragedy occurs, as even more traffic is brought into the Fairview Center with the reported arrival of two new large chain stores!

Meet at 3pm on the public sidewalk across Calle Real from the Cajun Kitchen. Rally materials will be provided. See you there! For questions contact New Town Safety NTGS805@yahoo.com

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4. Santa Barbara Shores Tree Pruning and One Tree Removal at Santa Barbara Shores

The City of Goleta just issued this important notice for Santa Barbara Shores residents.The City will be working to prune nine trees and remove one tree in the Santa Barbara Shores neighborhood on the following streets: Newport Drive, Sea Gull Drive and Santa Barbara Shores Drive. Work is anticipated to take place April 22 – 26, 2019, weather permitting. For safety purposes, residents will not be allowed near the work area.A pre-work survey will be conducted by Storrer Environmental on April 19 to ensure the work will not disturb various types of environmental resources.For questions, please contact:

  • Lacy Wynant, Public Works Administrative Assistant, 805-968-6843
  • Paul Medel, Public Works Manager, 805-968-6769

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P.S. Forward a link to this website page to your friends who may not be on our list. 

CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin, kyriaco, and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, jkyriaco@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

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TGO #44 – State of the City and the NZO_rev.

— The Goodland Outlook, March 26, 2019 —

Friends: It’s been a while since we published our last Goodland Outlook. We have been very busy, especially working on Goleta’s zoning ordinance revision (see below.) So now here is some of the latest the good news.

  1. Come Celebrate the Jonny Wallis Old Town Park Opening Celebration on March 30 at 10AM
  2.  Come to Goleta’s FREE Third Annual State of the City on April 4 at the Goleta Community Center on April 4 at 6PM
  3.  Into the Home Stretch –Goleta’s Zoning Ordinance Revision
  4.  Great News: Goleta Receives Grant for San Jose Creek Multipurpose Path 

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all the DETAILS:

  1. Come Celebrate the Jonny Wallis Old Town Park Opening Celebration on March 30 at 10AM

The public is invited to join in the fun at the celebratory opening of Old Town Goleta’s Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, starting on Saturday, March 30, 10:00AM – 2:00PM. There will be food and fun activities (see schedule below.)

This park has something for kids and adults. It is located at 170 S. Kellogg Avenue (corner of Hollister and Kellogg Avenues). In addition to walking paths and picnic areas, included in the park are a basketball court, skating plaza, multi-purpose field, handball court, bocce ball court, ping-pong tables, pickleball court, walking paths, picnic areas.

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Pickleball Demo
  • 10:30 a.m. – Bankshot Demo
  • 11:00 a.m. – RIBBON CUTTING
  • 11:30 a.m.  – Tour of Park
  • 12:00 p.m.  – Fitness Nodes Demo
  • 12:30 p.m.  – Skateboard Demo followed by Instructional Support
  • 1:00 p.m.    – Bocce Ball Demo
  • 1:30 p.m.    – Tennis Court Net Set-Up

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  1. Come to Goleta’s FREE Third Annual State of the City, at the Goleta Community Center on April 4 at 6PM

The public is invited to Goleta’s Third Annual State of the City on Thursday, April 4 at 6PM. It will take place at the Goleta Valley Community Center auditorium (5679 Hollister Avenue). Spanish translation is provided.

Mayor Paula Perotte and City Manager Michelle Greene will talk about…well…the state of Goleta and then will answer your questions.

If you can’t be there you’ll miss out on the refreshments and the chance to ask questions. But still, the event will be rebroadcast on Goleta TV (without cookies) on channels 19/104.148. A video will also be available on the Goleta’s website at www.cityofgoleta.org.

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  1. Into the Home Stretch –Goleta’s Zoning Ordinance Revision

As you may know, efforts are continuing to revise Goleta’s Zoning Ordinance so it will be in line with Goleta’s General Plan. This is a massive effort. But you can get our briefing customized for you, just by attending a community meeting we are hosting (with refreshments.) Come to the Goleta Library at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 25.

Also, the City of Goleta workshops continue, with a schedule as outlined below.

“Why should you care about zoning?” you may ask. If you answer YES to at least 2 of the 6 questions below, you probably should care:

  • – Do you care if your next door neighbor in your residential neighborhood applies to re-zone his property to open a drive-thru hamburger stand?
  • – Do you care if your ability to park your boat or RV near your house is reduced?
  • – Do you care if the business next to yours installs a large, glaring movable sign that flashes night and day?
  • – Do you care if development occurs within a few feet of a creek or environmentally sensitive area?
  • – Do you care if someone builds a shopping center or a hotel before you have a chance to comment on how the building blocks mountain views or what the building will look like?
  • – Do you care if the buyer of the house next door tears it down and builds a three-story house in its place within 3 feet of your house?

Yes, the new zoning ordinance will affect every single property and development in Goleta. So, how can you get informed and participate? There are 2 easy opportunities, without having to go to get your Planning School Degree:

  1. We at The Goodland Coalition are inviting the public to a community meeting specifically on Goleta’s New Zoning Ordinance 6:30PM, Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Goleta Library. “Superstars” from the City of Goleta will be there to provide the “Cliff Notes” version and answer your questions.

– Amaze your friends and family with your sudden knowledge of land use and zoning!

– Ask questions about issues that will affect you.

– Give your input on how things should work in Goleta pertaining to current and future land use and development.

  1. In addition, if you want your voice to be heard on zoning issues, here are some important dates of special Planning Commission meetings that you can attend and weigh in on specific topics in the draft New Zoning Ordinance
  • Workshop 5: Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Topics: RV Parking, Parking Reductions, Signs, and Lighting
  • Workshop 6: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Topics: Housing, Community Assembly, Mobile Vendors, Accessory Uses, and Energy
  • Workshop 7: Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Topics: Remaining Issues and General Feedback
  • Joint City Council/Planning Commission Workshop: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Topics: NZO Finalization and Adoption Process

The Workshops are hosted at City Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117

To learn even more about the zoning ordinance revision process, click here: http://www.goletazoning.com/

You can also contact: Anne Wells, Advance Planning Manager (awells@cityofgoleta.org or 805.961.7500).

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  1. Great News: Goleta Receives Grant for San Jose Creek Multipurpose Path 

The City of Goleta recently announced receiving a $14 million grant on January 30, 2019, for the San Jose Creek Multipurpose Path. This path will fully connect the regional bike/pedestrian network to Goleta Beach and the Coast Route Trail in the south.

This north-south connection will improve safety and access to the schools, shopping, services, and Goleta Neighborhood Clinic north of US 101 and the Class 1 bike path to the south, providing access especially to UCSB to the west, and to the County and City of Santa Barbara to the east.

The City will work on the conceptual design and environmental phases of the Project, hoping to construct the path in 2019-2020.

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P.S. Forward a link to this website page to your friends who may not be on our list. 

CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

 

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TGO #43 Butterflies, Dam Dinner, Library Trustees

— The Goodland Outlook, August 15, 2018 —

  1.  Come to the Workshop on the draft Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan and 2018 Implementation Plan. Thursday, August 16 at 6PM

2.  Come to Goleta’s Dam Dinner, Saturday, August 18, at 5-7PM

 3. Apply for the Goleta Library Board of Trustees

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DETAILS:

1, Come to the Workshop on the draft Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan and 2018 Implementation Plan. Thursday, August 16 at 6PM

The City of Goleta is holding a workshop this Thursday, August 16 at 6PM on the long-awaited draft Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan and 2018 Implementation Plan. Your participation in the City’s workshop will help you become more informed about these plans, ask questions, and provide feedback to City staff and consultants. The plans will be considered by the City Council at a Council meeting on September.

Below you will find Goleta’s announcement and details about the workshop.

If you agree that the monarch butterfly aggregations in Ellwood are important ecological, educational, economical, and aesthetic assets to our community, it’s really important that you make your voice heard. Here are some key points that need to be emphasized if you want to make sure the Goleta Crown jewel is protected and preserved: 

  • The highest priority of the Habitat Management Plan should be maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the eucalyptus forest that attracts and shelters the monarchs.
  • Our Ellwood open spaces should remain as natural feeling as possible, without obtrusive signage or barriers, while protecting its resources.
  • Eucalyptus trees should be replanted in the locations where the City removed them last fall to maintain the clearly preferred habitat and microclimate for the butterflies.
  • The wishes of Goletans should be a very important part of this decision-making process.
[city of Goleta’s Posting]

The City is hosting a family-friendly public workshop on the Ellwood Mesa Habitat Management Plan and Implementation Plan on Thursday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Goleta City Hall Council Chambers. The workshop will include a discussion and review of the draft plans, available now at the link or copy/paste into your browser: https://tinyurl.com/HabitatManagementPlan.

 The City is looking for your questions, comments and feedback on the plan.

Thursday, August 16 6:00 p.m. Goleta City Hall Council Chambers (130 Cremona Drive, Suite B)

The Ellwood Mesa Habitat Management Plan guides the approach and methods the City of Goleta follows to manage and improve the Ellwood Mesa eucalyptus forest for the benefit of the overwintering behavior of the monarch butterfly, other wildlife, and the public’s use and enjoyment.

Two key local policy documents drive the protection of the monarch butterfly: the Goleta General Plan/Coastal Land Use Plan and The Ellwood-Devereux Coast Open Space and Habitat Management Plan.

The Implementation Plan presents work tasks to be accomplished in 2018 for the maintenance and preservation of Ellwood Mesa.

The focus of the work this year is to protect and enhance habitat for monarch butterflies and other wildlife and to sustain natural habitat on Ellwood Mesa to support wild species and benefit public use and enjoyment of this open space area. Actions delineated are directed toward protection and improvement of individual trees, as well as restoration of areas where trees have died.

We hope to see you at the workshop!

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2. Come to Goleta’s Dam Dinner, Saturday, August 18, at 5-7PM

[city of Goleta’s Posting]

Get ready for the annual Goleta Dam Dinner on Saturday, August 18! Taking place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Los Carneros Dam.

This casual community event is a great way to spend the evening with family and friends. Share a meal together while enjoying music from the Salt Martians and the beautiful surroundings. Bring your dinner or purchase food from the on-site food truck (Neighbor Tim’s BBQ). If you’re feeling friendly, bring a dessert to share. Water, beer & wine will be sold along with our awesome t-shirts. Parking is available in the Stow House/Goleta Depot parking lot at 304 N. Los Carneros Road or along La Patera Lane.

Please register in advance so we can plan for enough tables and chairs. Keep in touch by liking us on Facebook (@DamDinner and use #OhDam.

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3. Apply for the Goleta Library Board of Trustees

[city of Goleta’s Posting]

Do you love the Goleta Valley Library? Then apply to serve as one of five members on the Library Board of Trustees. The role of the Board is to advise the City Council and increase citizen participation in library issues by analyzing current needs, considering goals, anticipating future needs and problems, acting as a liaison, acting as a sounding Board, and to help develop consensus for advisement to the City Council. The Board will meet at least once a month. There is a $50 stipend per month.

To apply and be considered, Board Members must be residents consisting of the following:

  • 2 Board Members – Goleta City Residents
  • 2 Board Members – Residents of the Unincorporated Service Area of the Goleta Library (Eastern Goleta Valley, Community Service Area 3, and Hope Ranch)
  • 1 Board Member – Isla Vista Community Services District

The deadline to apply has been extended to September 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Applications may be submitted online at  http://tinyurl.com/goletaboards-commissions. Additional information can be provided by contacting Deborah Lopez, City Clerk, at (805) 961-7505 or dlopez@cityofgoleta.org, subject line: Library Board of Trustees

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

 

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TGO #42: Comm. Forum, Library help,’granny flats’

— The Goodland Outlook, April 16, 2018 —

1. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM

2. GOLETA LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP ASAP (volunteers of all ages)

 3.  GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION TO HOLD A HEARING ON GRANNY UNIT ORDINANCE AT THEIR APRIL 23 MEETING AT 6PM

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Details:

1, THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM.

Responding to community interest on Goleta’s November 6 election for City council, The Goodland Coalition will be hosting a free, non-partisan public meeting on Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM at the Goleta Public Library Meeting Room. The topic will be: “What’s involved in running for, and serving on, Goleta’s City Council?”

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.

– Goleta City Council members Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards will speak about what’s involved in 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, Kyle and Stuart. Attendees can also comment on what they are looking for in a city council candidate.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

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

ADMISSION: FREE

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

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2. GOLETA LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP ASAP (volunteers of all ages)

Here is a message from Allison Gray, Director of the Goleta Valley Library:

THE GOLETA VALLEY LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP! We have until June 30th to re-label and re-barcode our entire 75,000 item collection prior to becoming an independent library on July 1st, 2018. (There will be a HUGE celebration July 1st that we will tell you more about closer to the day).

We need volunteers for two different roles:

– One group will pull items from the shelves onto carts, keeping them in order, cross out anything that says “Santa Barbara Library,” and finally put a new barcode on each item. No tech skills required!

– The other group will use the library computers and scanners to register the new barcodes into the library system. The scanners do most of the work but it will be helpful to be comfortable with a computer.

We will need people to sign up for hour-long slots of time any time the Goleta Library is open from April 16 through June 30.

You will be trained during your first day or you can come to a Training Session on Saturday April 21st from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Please sign up for as many time slots as you can – 75,000 items will take a LONG time to convert!

Specific staff and volunteer coordinators will be available to help you while you are volunteering. If you are interested, please sign up at the Library.

If you have questions, feel free to call me at 805-562-5502 or email me at agray@cityofgoleta.org

WE’RE RELYING ON YOU!

Thank you most sincerely,

B. Allison Gray Director of the Goleta Valley Library

[Added note: be sure to tell your community-minded friends, service clubs and other organizations]

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3. GOLETA’S PLANNING COMMISSION TO HOLD A HEARING ON GRANNY UNIT ORDINANCE AT THEIR APRIL 23 MEETING AT 6PM

As you may have heard, the State of California has passed a series of state laws that seek to ease California’s housing shortage by eliminating local restrictions that made it difficult or impossible to build such small second homes, “Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) commonly known as granny flats. (see http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-backyard-homes-20180413-story.html for a more on this.)

The laws do provide some latitude for how local jurisdictions, such as Goleta, can adopt these laws. And some existing Goleta ordinances will need to be modified to be in compliance with California’s ADU laws. So Goleta’s Planning Commission will hear from the public on a new ADU ordinance. The Planning Commission meeting will take place Monday, April 23 at 6PM at City Hall-Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B.

You can view Goleta’s official hearing notice on this matter by clicking here.

You will be able to view the agenda for the Planning Commission’s April 23 meeting by clicking here later this week.

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

 

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TGO #41- a forum, a hearing, a recap, and CPA

— The Goodland Outlook, March 26, 2018 —

1. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM.

2. PUBLIC IS INVITED TO GOLETA’S ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY PRESENTATION TUESDAY, APRIL 10 AT 6:00 P.M.

3. HEARING ON APRIL 24, 2018 AT 5:30 PM REGARDING REPLACING THE ODOR MONITORING STATION REQUIREMENT UNDER THE ELLWOOD ONSHORE FACILITY PERMIT WITH AN ODOR MONITORING STATION NEAR WEST CAMPUS (UCSB)

4. SUMMARY OF GOLETA PLANNING DIRECTOR PETER IMHOF’S PRESENTATION ON PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S WORK PLAN

5. INFORMATION FROM CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (CPA)

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Details:

1, THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO A FREE FORUM ON “RUNNING FOR AND SERVING ON GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL,” THURSDAY APRIL 19 AT 6:45 PM.

Responding to community interest on Goleta’s November 6 election for City council, The Goodland Coalition will be hosting a free, non-partisan public meeting on Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM at the Goleta Public Library Meeting Room. The topic will be: “What’s involved in running for, and serving on, Goleta’s City Council?”

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.

– Goleta City Council members Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards will speak about what’s involved in 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, Kyle and Stuart. Attendees can also comment on what they are looking for in a city council candidate.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 19 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

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

ADMISSION: FREE

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

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2, PUBLIC IS INVITED TO GOLETA’S ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY PRESENTATION TUESDAY, APRIL 10 AT 6:00 P.M.

PROGRAM

– Hear from Mayor Paula Perotte and City Manager Michelle Greene on topics important to you.

– This is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions of the city leaders.

– Spanish translation will be available.

– This event will be rebroadcast on Goleta TV (channel 19/104.148) and will also be posted on the City’s website at http://www.cityofgoleta.org. A broadcast schedule will be available after the event.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM

LOCATION:The Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue)

ADMISSION: Free

R.S.V.P.: Not necessary, just come

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3. HEARING ON APRIL 24, 2018 AT 5:30 PM REGARDING REPLACING THE ODOR MONITORING STATION REQUIREMENT UNDER THE ELLWOOD ONSHORE FACILITY PERMIT WITH AN ODOR MONITORING STATION NEAR WEST CAMPUS (UCSB)

This hearing is to accept public comments on the recently issued draft permit renewals and proposed major modifications for the South Ellwood Field stationary source.

Many are especially concerned with the State Land’s proposal to replace the current odor monitoring station with one on UCSB campus which is more distant.

The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday April 24, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the Wisteria Conference Room at the District’s office in Santa Barbara: Air Pollution Control District; 260 N. San Antonio Rd, Suite A; Santa Barbara, CA 93110

To learn more, click on https://www.ourair.org/031118-pub-notice/

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  1. SUMMARY OF GOLETA PLANNING DIRECTOR PETER IMHOF’S PRESENTATION ON PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S WORK PLAN

Goleta’s Director of Planning and Environmental Review, Peter Imhof, spoke at a free public forum hosted by The Goodland Coalition, March 10, 2018.

Mr. Imhof discussed his plan for his 15 regular staff members to deal with a huge set of ambitious and pressing items. Here are some of the key projects The Planning Department is focused on.

– A Permit Tracking System. The purpose of this new system will be to increase efficiency and retrieval of permits leading to better service to the public. Changing from a paper system to an electronic one will make it easier for staff, applicants and the public to access needed documents. The tracking system should be in place by year’s end.

– Another important project is the New Zoning Ordinance, to align Goleta’s zoning with its General Plan. Roll out of the draft new ordinance could be available for public review and comment in 2018, with final adoption by the council in 2019.

– Several key ordinances are being drafted to apply local preferences to State of CA legislation on Accessory Dwelling Units (granny units) and Cannabis. These should be finished by summer 2018.

– The Ellwood butterfly habitat plan by November.

– A review and clarification of Goleta’s Design Review process should be completed by the end of 2018.

Director Imhof followed his talk by staying and graciously answering all the questions from the audience.

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5. INFORMATION FROM CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (CPA)

Some Goleta residents have asked how they can become more involved in local planning issues. We at The Goodland Coalition want to mention that there are opportunities for Goleta residents to keep in touch at CPA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots community organization. Below is an excerpt from CPA’s newsletter, CPAR.

CPA’s annual meeting will be Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m. at the Pico Adobe (behind the office, with free parking.) We will be electing officers and board members, so if you have a few hours to help us support the organization and our mission, please consider volunteering for the board. Contact us: citizensplanningsb@gmail.com.

You can visit CPA’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/citizensplanning/ and the CPA website https://www.citizensplanning.org/ for updates. Or contact Marell Brooks, Executive Director; 805-966-3979 or by email, citizensplanningsb@gmail.com

As CPA indicated in a recent newsletter, “CPA is always open to new volunteers, new committee members, new board members, new topics for research, and planning-related subjects for civic or policy action. If you have a topic or project we should know about, please let us know. If you know someone who hankers to get trained, and get involved, please tell us. We need your help to stay involved and pay attention to all that goes on in our community. Join us! To contact us or subscribe to our newsletter: citizensplanningsb@gmail.com.”

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

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TGO #40: A Forum, Workshops, Meetings and more

This is the first Goodland Outlook in a while. Our readers have told us they appreciate receiving it only when there is important news to share. Now, after the holidays, fire and floods, it seems like there’s a lot happening all at once that affects Goleta residents. Here is a short review of the topics, with details below.

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition #40 — February 25, 2018 —

  1. FREE PUBLIC FORUM, 6PM ON MARCH 8 TO MEET PETER IMHOF GOLETA’S NEW DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
  2. GOLETA PLANNING WORKSHOP 1PM ON MARCH 5
  3. HYDROGEN SULFIDE RELEASES IN WEST GOLETA – PUBLIC HEARING 6PM ON MARCH 7
  4. OLD TOWN GOLETA SIDEWALK PROJECT, PARKING, AND COMPLETE STREETS MARCH MEETINGS AND WORKSHOP (SEE DATES AND TIMES BELOW)
  5. ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) ORDINANCE IS CHANGING;  Design Review Board Meeting at 3PM on February 27 on ADU Design Review Standards
  6. CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA (CPA)

Details:

  1. FREE PUBLIC FORUM, 6PM MARCH 8 TO MEET PETER IMHOF GOLETA’S NEW DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

The Goodland Coalition invites the public to a FREE forum to meet and hear from Goleta’s new Director of Planning and Environmental Review, Peter Imhof.

What – Program
*Moderators Introduction: Peter’s background and qualifications

*Learn about his goals, challenges and opportunities for the department

*Update on major issues and opportunities for community involvement:

– Ordinance revisions in process: Zoning, Cannabis, and Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinances

– Sustainability Programs: Community Choice Aggregation, SEC Distributed Energy Resources, Ellwood Mesa Tree and Habitat

Management Program, etc.

  • Audience question-and-answer session
  • Peter’s concluding remarks
  • When: Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Goleta Public Library, 500 N Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 in the large community meeting roomR.S.V.P. is optional, just to make sure we have enough cookies: info@thegoodlandcoalition.org

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  1. GOLETA PLANNING WORKSHOP 1PM ON MARCH 5

The City Council is having an important special meeting to hear from the Planning and Environmental Review Department on possible re-organization and on priority setting.

The Agenda for the March 5, 2018 Special City Council Meeting has been posted and is available here.

The meeting will be held at Council Chambers at City Hall.

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  1. HYDROGEN SULFIDE RELEASES IN WEST GOLETA – PUBLIC HEARING 6PM ON MARCH 7

On March 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm the City of Goleta will hold a public meeting on the repeated hydrogen sulfide releases in western Goleta. The meeting will be held in the City’s Council Chambers at 120 Cremona Drive. Staff from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Environmental Health Department, the Air Pollution Control Board (APCD) and the Office of Emergency Management will explain their roles and responsibilities and respond to questions.

THE PROBLEM

Goleta residents are concerned that such nearby hydrogen sulfide releases are dangerous and that local agencies can and should be doing more to protect resident safety:

– Exposure to hydrogen sulfide can cause permanent injury and can be fatal. Its toxicity depends on the concentration and duration of exposure.

– Current policies and practices do not prevent exposures, but seem to only detect and report on them.

– It is apparent that local authorities don’t know the concentration levels or the duration of the releases, and often not even their source.(see below for recent examples.)

At least one local resident is an authority on detecting releases of toxic materials and has noted that reliable detection and automated alerting systems are commercially available.These systems are much more capable of identifying sources of the releases, exposure concentrations and durations of exposures.

RECENT HISTORY

Residents of western Goleta recently experienced a serious hydrogen sulfide release on Sunday, October 9, 2016. It was feared the release came from Venoco’s Ellwood oil processing facility (EOF) located next to the Sandpiper golf course. The source was later discovered to be a water well being drilled on agricultural land near Winchester Canyon. The Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control Board (APCD) finally ordered the drilling stopped.

Since October 2016 local authorities have repeatedly responded to hydrogen sulfide releases in western Goleta, but not always in a satisfactory way. For example, last week hydrogen sulfide fence alarms at Venoco’s facility sounded intermittently for more than 90 minutes. When residents called 911 to report the odor, they were told that the source was offshore and that the first responders were not able to detect any toxins with their equipment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you think more should be done to protect local citizens from future toxic releases, please to attend the March 7 meeting and advocate for better monitoring and enforcement to prevent dangerous releases.

More background information on APCD findings on recent releases can be found here: https://ourair.org/hydrogen-sulfide-in-goleta-area

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[The following is excerpted from City of Goleta announcements.]

  1.  OLD TOWN GOLETA SIDEWALKS PROJECT, PARKING AND COMPLETE STREETS MARCH MEETINGS AND WORKSHOP (SEE DATES AND TIMES BELOW)

Old Town Sidewalks Project Meetings

This project will provide a network of sidewalks on at least one side of neighborhood streets north of Hollister Avenue between South Fairview and Kinman Avenues as well as along Pine Avenue south of Hollister Avenue. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2019.

On March 6 at 6:00 pm, City staff will update the Goleta City Council and community on this neighborhood project and the right-of-way process, at City Hall Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive.

On March 22, staff will hold a community meeting to have a more interactive discussion that includes street-level graphics and private property owner information on what to expect during the right-of-way process.The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue.

 Old Town Parking Restrictions Community Meeting on March 12
The City is looking at changing the parking in Old Town along Hollister Avenue and adjacent streets in order to accommodate easier access for patrons of local businesses and the desire of the Old Town community. Join us for a Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Standing Committee meeting on March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue) to provide input on this topic. Anyone interested in providing feedback and learning more is welcome to attend.

Can’t make the meeting? Take our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oldtownparking

Para obtener información en español, y para tomar nuestra encuesta, haga clic aquí:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oldtownparkingespanol

Hollister Complete Streets Community Workshops, 5:30 PM March 12 for residents, 9AM March 13 for businesses

Residents and visitors of Old Town are invited to a community workshop on March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue).

Business Owners & Employees of Old Town are invited to a community workshop 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. on March 14 March 14 at the Goleta Valley Community Center, Room 6 (5679 Hollister Avenue).

Attendees will see three alternatives for what Hollister Avenue could look like. Should it be reduced from two lanes to one in each direction? What should the bike lanes look like? Do you prefer parallel or diagonal parking on Hollister Avenue? We will be gathering feedback on the different options to see which one people like best.

Hollister Avenue is a main corridor in Old Town Goleta providing access to businesses and residential homes. The Complete Streets project will enhance safety, access and mobility for all users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders) on Hollister Avenue between Fairview Avenue and State Route 217.

For those who are unable to attend, we still want to hear from you!

Please take our online survey which allows you to rank the three options and provide comments and feedback.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HollisterCompleteStreets and will be open through March 18, 2018.

For more information on the project please visit http://www.goletacompletestreets.com.

Para obtener información en español, y para tomar nuestra encuesta, haga clic aquí:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oldtownparkingespanol

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  1. ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) ORDINANCE IS CHANGING;

Design Review Board Meeting at 3PM on February 27 on ADU Design Review Standards

 Recent changes to state law governing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) rendered Goleta’s previous ordinance on ADUs void. The state legislature intends to make it easier for residents to build ADUs to meet statewide housing needs.So, the City of Goleta will be adopting a new ADU ordinance to comply with the requirements of state law.

Unfortunately, the state’s “one size fits all” approach to planning does not factor in some of the unique characteristics of individual communities. Fortunately, some discretion still remains with local jurisdictions to tailor an ADU ordinance somewhat.

The Goleta Planning Commission has held two public workshops to provide input to city staff in advance of creating the draft ordinance. Issues of interest include: size and design requirements, the permitting process, development fees, owner occupancy, parking, and incentives to get unpermitted units permitted.

Goleta’s Design Review Board is discussing Design Review Standards for ADUs at its February 27 meeting beginning at 3PM. To see the agenda, click here https://tinyurl.com/yauq5zff and then refer to item D1.

Also, keep an eye out for a draft ADU ordinance to be on a Planning Commission meeting agenda in March 2018 and on the City Council’s agenda for final approval in May 2018 (tentative schedule subject to change). Your input will ensure that the new ordinance adequately preserves neighborhood character while also meeting the requirements of state law and the General Plan.

MORE ABOUT ADUs

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a secondary dwelling unit on land with a single family dwelling. ADUs may informally be referred to as in-law units, secondary units, or granny flats. An ADU is more than just an addition to a single family home – it is a separate space with its own living facilities and separate entrance. It may be a repurposing of space within the primary dwelling, an addition to the primary dwelling, or detached from the primary dwelling. ADUs may not be sold separately from the primary dwelling.

NOTE: ADUs should not be confused with the City of Santa Barbara’s “Average Unit-Size Density” Incentive Program – also called the AUD Incentive Program.

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  1. CITIZENS PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA (CPA)

Some Goleta residents have asked how they can become more involved in local planning issues. We at The Goodland Coalition want to mention that there are opportunities for Goleta residents to keep in touch at CPA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots community organization.

CPA representatives and members have been very supportive of issues raised by The Goodland Coalition, helping spread our message and often testifying in our support at Goleta City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

In addition, CPA has provided a free email newsletter that often spots and highlights local issues. They also hold informative meetings and forums on topics of interest. Most recently, they co-sponsored with the SB Urban Creeks Council and the Santa Barbara Public Library a presentation by geologists Edward Keller and Larry Gurrola on the Montecito Debris Flow, video soon to be linked on the CPA website.

Upcoming on March 5,  Supervisor Janet Wolf will be at CPA’s First Monday (always free) planning meeting; 12 noon-1:15, Hill-Carrillo Adobe, 11 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara. …space is limited!

And they always welcome input when community members want to raise concerns on something that needs attention.

As CPA indicated in a recent newsletter, “CPA is always open to new volunteers, new committee members, new board members, new topics for research, and planning-related subjects for civic or policy action. If you have a topic or project we should know about, please let us know. If you know someone who hankers to get trained, and get involved, please tell us. We need your help to stay involved and pay attention to all that goes on in our community. Join us. Contact us: citizensplanningsb@gmail.com.”

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org

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TGO #39 Urgent: Special Council Hearing on 9/5

— The Goodland Outlook, Edition 39 — September 1, 2017

URGENT NOTICE OF A SPECIAL HEARING ON ELLWOOD MESA EUCALYPTUS GROVE

This is a special edition of The Goodland Outlook for a September 5 Goleta city council meeting on dealing with dead and dying trees in and around the Ellwood Mesa Eucalyptus Grove.

The meeting on September 5 begins at 6:00PM at Goleta City Council chambers at City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is “… to receive the staff report, ask questions, and listen to public comment.” You can find the staff report here.

As the city announced, “A second meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on September 7th for a special Council meeting.  At this meeting, staff will be available to answer questions, additional public input will be heard, and the Council will be asked to decide and direct staff on how to proceed with the project.  The staff report for this meeting can be found here.

THE GOODLAND COALITION’S RECOMMENDATIONS: The Goodland Coalition fully endorses the “Option 6” recommendations detailed in the position paper below by The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs. Their recommended approach would provide for safe public access to Ellwood Mesa and the Ocean while protecting priceless Monarch habitat.

* * * Please join The Goodland Coalition in telling city council and staff that we want them to adopt the “Option 6” approach of The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs.* * *

If you want to be more specific, you can add the following. We want Goleta to:

– create and implement a short-term plan that provides for public trails to areas currently lacking a safe route to Ellwood Mesa and the ocean, while attending only to the trees that pose a real and imminent threat to public safety along these trails. This includes providing adequate signage and maps for the public.

– delay any large-scale removal of trees until a restoration plan is prepared, reviewed by the public and approved.

– expedite the development and approval of a Monarch Habitat Management Plan for Ellwood Mesa. This should include a timeline for phasing any tree removal restoration, and for reopening the remaining public trails, while respecting habitat management strategies and requirements.

Please see the contact information at the end of this email. And please review the detailed proposal by

The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs just below.

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE POSITION PAPER SUBMITTED TO GOLETA’S CITY COUNCIL BY

The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs

Ellwood Monarch Groves at Risk. Support a More Balanced Alternative: Option 6

On Tuesday, September 5th, the City Council will consider options for addressing the current condition of the Ellwood Mesa eucalyptus groves, which have provided the most important overwintering habitat for Monarch butterflies in Southern California.

In the Staff Report, available here: http://www.cityofgoleta.org/home/showdocument?id=15319 (and linked above) City Staff endorses Option 1 – an environmentally reckless proposal to remove over 900 trees in and around Monarch butterfly aggregation sites, even during the months when Monarchs aggregate, with no prior environmental review, and no plan for near-term mitigation of project impacts or habitat restoration in place. Staff’s recommended proposal is not practical, as it conflicts with the Coastal Act and CEQA.

Options identified in the Staff Report are either partial solutions (Option 2), take an unrealistically long amount of time (Option 5), or call for immediate mass removal of vegetation in environmentally sensitive habit areas with unknown and potentially catastrophic consequences to Monarch habitat (Options 1 and 4). Option 3, “Phased Tree Removal,” lacks specifics as to why the southern part of Ellwood North was chosen for the first phase and doesn’t explain how further prioritizing and phasing would proceed. Although it might enhance public access from the parking lot used by tourists, it doesn’t address access for local users.

The Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs, an ad hoc community group composed of local residents, has developed an alternative option not presented in the Staff Report (“Option 6”) that more carefully balances the need for public access with the need to preserve critical Monarch habitat. This approach includes the following elements:

Prioritize and restore selected public access trails:

1. Identify the areas that are currently lacking public access to Ellwood Mesa due to the trail closures, and determine which trails in those areas require the least amount of Monarch habitat disruption to be safely reopened for public access.

2. Assess which trees located along the public trail(s) identified for reopening actually constitute a “fall risk” (described in the Althouse & Meade draft Action Plan as involving multiple factors in addition to tree health, including eucalyptus tree root strength, canopy height and weight load, percent trunk rot, wind, topographic position of the trunk, erosion, and other factors that were not assessed in the report).

3. Identify the impacts to Monarch habitat from the selected interim trail safety measures and develop mitigation measures to replace and /or compensate for these impacts.

4. Submit an Emergency Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application for selective removal of trees found to constitute a “fall risk” that present an imminent danger to public safety along the trail(s) identified for reopening. Include targeted mitigation and restoration actions as a condition to be performed immediately and simultaneously with any tree removal.

Preserve and restore Monarch habitat:

5. Do not begin any large-scale removal of trees in or near the aggregation sites until a restoration plan is prepared and approved. The City’s Monarch biologist Dan Meade on page 25 of the Staff Report, section 1.7 refers to “the restoration plan…to be prepared prior to large scale tree removals.” We agree. Most of the historic Ellwood sites (Sandpiper, West, North, and East) were still functioning as habitat last season and probably will function similarly in the coming season. Tree removal without planned simultaneous and immediate mitigation and restoration is risky and may destroy the habitat value of the sites.

6. Adopt an expedited timeframe for development and approval of the Monarch Habitat Management Plan for Ellwood Mesa that includes a timeline for phasing any tree removal and restoration of the aggregation sites, and a strategy for reopening the remaining public trails in coordination with habitat management strategies and requirements. 3-5 years to develop a plan as projected in the Staff Report is unreasonable given that the City has been working on producing this Plan since 2010. Each month of delay in creating this plan translates to impacts to the Monarch that is literally the symbol of Goleta – this should be among the City’s highest priority projects.

Express your support for Friends of the Ellwood Monarchs and Option 6 by emailing the Mayor and City Council members (see contact information below) and/or attending and speaking at the Council hearing on September 5th.

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CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION:

To send an email to Mayor Perotte, city council members Aceves, Bennett, Kasdin and Richards and City Manager Greene, copy the following and past it into the TO: section of an email.

pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, skasdin@cityofgoleta.org, krichards@cityofgoleta.org, <mailto:mgreene@cityofgoleta.org>mgreene@cityofgoleta.org


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