TGO #25 — 11.13.15

This Outlook is to alert you to:

1. SHELBY — The EIR is now available for public comment for the proposed 60 Unit Shelby housing development on land currently zoned for agriculture, and the proposed new CHP station on Hollister. Both of these projects are in West Goleta.

2. THE NEW CHP STATION — The EIR is now available for public comment for the proposed CHP station on Hollister near Ellwood School.

3. NEW GOLETA ZONING CODE — Goleta’s proposed new Zoning Code will be released to the public in November 2016. The new Code will define what can be done on each piece of land in Goleta.

4. TWO CITY COUNCIL SEATS WILL BE UP FOR ELECTION IN NOVEMBER 2016 — We’ll soon announce an upcoming program to inform the public about opportunities to run for the two seats on Goleta’s city council that will be up for election in less than one year (November 2016.

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1. SHELBY: The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Shelby development is now available for public review and comments. See below for how to access it and the deadline for comments. The development contains 60 units of single-family houses on a 14.38-net acre property at 7400 Cathedral Oaks Road (APN 077-530-019) next to the Glen Annie Golf Course. Here are some issues the public is concerned about:

  • The property is zoned for agriculture and so the developer is requesting that the zoning should be changed to residential, which is contrary to the will of the people expressed in Goleta’s General Plan.
  • With over 1,500 housing units approved or under construction, there is no great need to rezone for more housing, especially for-sale housing that few Goletans can afford to buy.

To review the EIR, click the url or copy/paste into your browser:  http://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/ceqa-review/shelby-general-plan-amendment-and-shelby-residential-project

The comment deadline (environmental issues only) is December 14, 2015 at 5pm. An Environmental Hearing Officer hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd, at 5pm at City Hall. The planners are as follows:  Lisa Prasse, Current Planning Manager, 805.961.7542;  Jan Hubbell, Contract Planner.

2. THE PROPOSED NEW CHP STATION IN WEST GOLETA

The State of California’s Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed California Highway Patrol Station at 7400 Hollister Avenue is now available for public review and comment. See below for how to access it and the deadline for comments.

The main issue is that a major CHP station in this location is a very bad fit for a neighborhood that has an adjoining Ellwood school, Goleta’s sensitive butterfly preserve, an assisted living residence, and two large residential communities.

This project will include a large vehicle inspection station, large above-ground fuel tanks, microwave transmissions from a 148′ radio tower, an auto maintenance yard, oil & solvents, hazardous materials. Hazardous fumes and microwave emissions pose an unacceptable danger and nuisance to humans and other species living and going to school nearby.

For more details on the 7 greatest concerns gleaned from the EIR, click here or post this url into your browser: http://www.2closeforcomfort.com/#!visual-blight-gallery/c102m

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: To have a real impact, attend a community meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6 pm at the Goleta Valley Community Center located at 5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117, hosted by the California Department of General Services.

The Draft EIR and related documents can be accessed at: http://chp-ceqa.com/santa-barbara.

Comments on the EIR will be accepted until Monday, December 28, 2015.   Comments on the document should be directed to: Jennifer Parson, Senior Environmental Planner, State of California Department of General Services Real Estate Services Division, Project Management & Development Branch, 707 Third Street, 4th Floor, MS509, West Sacramento, CA 95605, santa-barbara-comments@chp-ceqa.com.

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3. NEW GOLETA ZONING CODE

Work is being completed on a new Zoning Code for Goleta that should be available to the public in November 2015.

The new code will define what can be done on each piece of land in Goleta, including:

  • Not just what development will be allowed but also redevelopment
  • Not just public property but also commercial and residential property
  • Not just what you can do on your land or to your house, but also what your neighbors can do – from putting up signs, building an addition, putting commercial activities next to residential and vice versa.
  • The zoning ordinance will also spell out changes in the current zoning PROCESSES, with potential changes such as:

—What notice will be given to the public when zoning variances are requested;
—How much “flexibility” will be allowed for City staff to approve zoning variances and other changes administratively, rather than in open meetings where the public can provide input;
—Whether zoning decisions can be appealed and to whom.

How to Get Involved:

The Goodland Coalition will be working with other community groups and Goleta Staff to help get information to the public on proposed changes to the zoning code. Sources of information will include:

—The City of Goleta website specifically devoted to the zoning where you will be able to get more info is: http://www.goletazoning.com .

—The Goodland Coalition may schedule additional forums to help the public delve into some of the topic-specific sections of the new code.

— Future editions of The Goodland Outlook will bring you more information on how you can participate in the process and learn how the zoning code will affect you.

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4. TWO CITY COUNCIL SEATS WILL BE UP FOR ELECTION IN NOVEMBER 2016

As you may know, there has also been much community interest and discussion about having additional people running for office when council members Jim Farr’s and Tony Vallejo’s seats are up for re-election in November 2016.

For these reasons, The Goodland Coalition announces that early in 2016 we plan to sponsor one or more non-partisan, informational public meetings with people who will speak on:

  • The job of serving on Goleta’s City council, the time commitment, qualifications, remuneration, etc.;
  • What it takes to run,how to qualify on the ballot, the time commitment, fundraising, campaign management resources, etc.

There will be time scheduled for audience questions.

Please email The Goodland Coalition, info@thegoodlandcoalition.org , if you think you might be interested in attending such a meeting, even if you are not necessarily interested in being a candidate yourself.

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TGO #24 — But Wait, There’s More!

The Goodland Outlook, Edition 24, October 30, 2015

This TGO edition is titled “But Wait, There’s More” for a reason. Some Goleta residents think that the unfortunate 3-2 City Council vote approving the 175-unit Goleta Old Town housing development is the end of Goleta’s build-out and that no more projects will be coming up.

This Outlook is to:

  1. Give a brief summary of Goleta City Council’s 3-2 approval of a 175-unit development in Old Town, contrary to Goleta’s General Plan.
  2. Point out that several more significant projects are being proposed. Two of the biggest looming projects are coming up in the next few months, see below.
  3. Alert residents to the upcoming revision of Goleta’s zoning code that could have a greater impact on Goleta than all the projects combined.
  4. Point to several actions Goleta residents can take to get Goleta back on track and preserve what’s left of the Goodland.

If you care about the growing traffic, noise, insufficient sidewalk repairs, reduced library hours and lack of recreation, please read on.

1. RESULTS OF CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON GOLETA OLD TOWN VILLAGE

As some may have heard, this 175 unit development was approved by council members Aceves, Farr and Vallejo. Mayor Perotte and council member Bennett voted NO. At the hearing about 18 people, including several Old Town residents testified in opposition. Only the Goleta Chamber of Commerce representative and one other person spoke in favor. This project was approved despite the facts that:

  • It will add even more traffic to already crowded Hollister, as people will have to drive to get to schools, hardware stores, major shopping venues such as Vons, Costco, Ralphs
  • Goleta already has about 1,500 housing units approved or under construction.
  • It did not provide the 20% affordable housing that projects are supposed to include
  • It required a rezone, contrary to Goleta’s General Plan that we all worked so hard on.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

2. TWO MORE MAJOR PROJECTS ARE ON THEIR WAY FOR APPROVAL

A. The Shelby development, 60 units of single-family houses on a 14.38-net acre property at 7400 Cathedral Oaks Road (APN 077-530-019) next to the Glen Annie Golf Course. The property is zoned for agriculture and so the developer is requesting that the zoning should be changed to residential, which is contrary to the will of the people expressed in Goleta’s General Plan.

To learn more, click here http://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/ceqa-review/shelby-general-plan-amendment-and-shelby-residential-project

B. The Heritage Ridge development (aka “Willow Springs III”) at Los Carneros just south of U.S. Highway 101 and the Union Pacific Railroad corridor and north of Camino Vista Road.

This project includes 360 rental apartments and a request to provide 345 parking spaces rather than the required 367 spaces. (NOTE: This is just across Los Carneros from the approved Los Carneros Village of 465 units currently under construction.)

To learn more, click here: http://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/planning-and-environmental-review/ceqa-review/archived-ceqa-review/2015-ceqa-review

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

3. New Goleta Zoning Code 

Work is being completed on a new Zoning Code for Goleta that should be available to the public in November 2015. Goleta has a website specifically devoted to the zoning code where we expect the new code will first appear: goletazoning.com . The City of Goleta is planning community outreach and meetings with the public on the code for January 2016.

The new code will define what can be done on each piece of land in Goleta, including:
– Not just what development will be allowed but also redevelopment
– Not just public property but also commercial and residential property
– Not just what you can do on your land or to your house, but also what your neighbors can do – from putting up signs, building an addition, putting commercial activities next to residential and vice versa
– Mountain views, coastal access, shoreline access and visitor using services could be compromised
– The location and re-location of public services such as hospitals and those serving airport facilities.

The zoning ordinance will also spell out changes in the current zoning PROCESSES, with potential changes such as:

What notice will be given to the public when zoning variances are requested
How much “flexibility” will be allowed for City staff to approve zoning variances and other changes administratively, rather than in open meetings where the public can provide input
Whether zoning decisions can be appealed and to whom.

Future editions of The Goodland Outlook will bring you more info on the roll-out of the zoning code and how you can participate in the process and to learn how the zoning code will affect you.

4. What Goleta Residents Can Do To Keep Goleta The Goodland 

Goletans don’t quit. Here are some action items we can all take:

* VOTING
– Register to vote. Two current council members, Jim Farr and Tony Vallejo will be up for re-election in November 2016

– Consider running for City Council and encouraging others to do so

* GET INFORMED ABOUT NEW DEVELOPMENTS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE TO WEIGH IN
– Sign up and post on Goleta’s Nextdoor site that has good discussions on what’s happening in Goleta

– Keep in touch with local events by joining other local advocacy groups such as
League of Women Voters Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Action Network

Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara

* OTHER ACTIONS*

– When you hear about an upcoming hearing on a project, contact the council members and voice your opinion by phone, email or in person at the hearing. Just copy and paste their email addresses into the TO: section of your email: pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, tvallejo@cityofgoleta.org, jfarr@cityofgoleta.org

– Write letters to the local newspapers. Let your voice be heard.

– Send an email to us, the Goodland Coalition at info@thegoodlandcoalition.org with any other ideas on how we can come together to slow down the unsustainable pace of Goleta development.

– Encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for their own issues of The Goodland Outlook such as this one by just sending a request to info@thegoodlandcoalition.org . It’s free and you can cancel at any time.

– Sign up your friends and relatives to The Goodland Coalition’s email. Get the news before it’s posted here — we won’t spam!

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TGO #23 — 10.15.2015

The Goodland Outlook, Edition 23

October 15, 2015

The Goodland Coalition is forwarding to you this email we received because we think it is of interest to people concerned about the future of Goleta. Please forward this email to your friends and family.

This edition is to tell you about a meeting in less than a week to approve a 175- unit building in Old Town Goleta and why it should be opposed.

Mark Twain is said to have famously observed, “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” Lately there have been a lot of complaints about the nature and speed of developments in Goleta. On Tuesday, October 20 at 6PM there is a chance for Goleta residents to DO something about it.

At their Oct. 20 6PM meeting, the Goleta City Council will be asked to approve the Old Town Village development. Here’s a brief description:

  • – 175 mixed-use units immediately west of the intersection of Kellogg Way and South Kellogg Avenue.
  • – The units include 113 traditional residential townhomes that consist of 90 four-bedroom units and 23 two-bedroom units; 34 live-work townhomes; 28 shopkeeper townhomes; a community center; and several types of green open spaces.
  • – You can see more by viewing the meeting Agenda Item E1 at http://goleta.legistar1.com/goleta/meetings/2015/10/919_A_City_Council_15-10-20_Agenda.pdf
  • This development proposal is coming back after the council deadlocked 2-2 on this project a few weeks ago. Council member Jim Farr, who was absent at the last meeting, will be present and probably cast the deciding vote this time.

    In voting against the project, Mayor Perotte and Council Member Bennett cited 3 main points that are still valid:

    – APPROVAL OF THIS PROJECT DEPENDS ON REZONING THE PROPERTY FOR HOUSING, A MAJOR CHANGE TO TO GOLETA’S GENERAL PLAN.  We have plenty of other housing, around 1,000 units, recently approved or under construction in the Hollister Corridor. And Goleta’s General Plan contains even more zoning for housing. We shouldn’t disrespect the thousands of hours of community input that made up our current General Plan, especially when there is no pressing need.

    – REZONING THIS SITE NOW WILL MAKE IT UNAVAILABLE TO POSSIBLY FULFILL FUTURE STATE QUOTAS. In the future, the State of CA will again require that Goleta re-zone more land for housing. We will need places such as this site for this purpose. If it is already developed for housing, we will have to rezone elsewhere, possibly at higher density.

    – REZONING THIS PROPERTY DEPRIVES GOLETA OF SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL REVENUE. This property is zoned for visitor serving. When built a convention center and hotel would generate millions of dollars in sales tax, occupancy tax and property tax revenue that Goleta could use for public safety, libraries, recreation, roads and other infrastructure. In contrast, the property tax revenues Goleta would receive from the proposed development would be relatively tiny, especially after 50% of it would be shared with SB County.

    – THIS PROJECT INCLUDES ONLY 15% AFFORDABLE UNITS, UNDER THE NORMAL 20% STANDARD. This is supposedly in exchange for the developer providing some of the land for the extension of Ekwill Road, north of the project. So 85% of this development’s units will be sold at market rate, which most of Goleta’s current residents cannot afford.

    WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT APPROVAL OF THIS DEVELOPMENT:
    – Show up at the hearing in City Council Chambers and testify at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
    – Send an email to City Council members, the City Manager and Director of Planning (see contact information below). Let them know that you oppose approval of this project for the reasons above.
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    CITY OF GOLETA CONTACT INFORMATION
    To contact Goleta’s mayor, City Council, City Manager and Director of Planning, copy the email addresses below into the TO: section of an email.
    pperotte@cityofgoleta.org, mbennett@cityofgoleta.org, raceves@cityofgoleta.org, tvallejo@cityofgoleta.org, jfarr@cityofgoleta.org, mgreene@cityofgoleta.org, jcarman@cityofgoleta.org

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The Goodland Outlook #22 — 6.18.2015

The Goodland Outlook, Edition 22
June 18, 2015

This Goodland Outlook edition is to let you know about:

  • A recap of oil safety successes last week
  • A major Goleta residential project to be presented to Goleta’s Design Review Board June 23
  • Invitation to a Town Hall Meeting about the water supply in the Goleta Valley
  • Oil: An invitation to Refugio Oil Spill Hearing in Santa Barbara
  • Oil: A link to an excellent column about oil issues facing our South Coast

OIL SAFETY RECAP: It was a good week for people who made the effort to keep Goleta safe from the impacts of the recent oil spill and the potential threat of trains transporting highly volatile petroleum through Goleta.

Continue reading The Goodland Outlook #22 — 6.18.2015

T.G.O. #21—6.5.2015

The Goodland Outlook,
Edition 21, June 5, 2015

Goleta’s City Council’s June 9, 6 p.m. meeting will include an item that could prevent disastrous impacts on the health, safety and economy of Goleta. Below are details as well as how you can make a difference:

BEWARE OF HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE OIL TRAINS IN GOLETA

We’ve recently witnessed the Refugio Oil Spill that has despoiled our beautiful coast and beaches and destroyed marine wildlife and habitat.  As tragic as this incident has been, a far worse fate awaits us if we don’t get the Goleta City Council to take action on Tuesday evening at their June 9, 2015 6PM meeting.

Phillips 66 has proposed a project in San Luis Obispo County that would allow five oil trains per week, each one mile long, using the Union Pacific Railroad tracks running right through Goleta’s main residential, business and transportation corridors.

Continue reading T.G.O. #21—6.5.2015

T.G.O. #20—4.21.2015

The Goodland Outlook
Edition 20—April 21, 2015

This edition is to notify you about a Goleta Water District Meeting this Thursday to review proposed changes in water rates. The public is invited to attend and comment.

Also, this edition is to provide updates on some major Goleta developments in West Goleta, some approved and some about to be proposed.

It’s not too late to provide your input on some projects – the City needs to hear from us. See contact information at the bottom.

Continue reading T.G.O. #20—4.21.2015

T.G.O. #19—9.12.2014

The Goodland Outlook Edition 19,
September 12, 2014

This edition provides updates on three major Goleta developments in West Goleta currently seeking approval. They include a new Marriott hotel on Hollister, a proposal for 60 new houses just north of Cathedral Oaks on land currently zoned for agriculture, and a Taco Bell Drive Thru just west of the Camino Real Marketplace (Costco.)

It’s not too late to provide your input on these projects – the City needs to hear from us. See contact information below.

Continue reading T.G.O. #19—9.12.2014

T.G.O. #18—7.14.14

The Goodland Outlook
Edition 18—July 14, 2014

It’s summer in Goleta and this edition of the Goleta Outlook is a little different. This time we include links to articles describing recent happenings in Goleta:

  • the appointment of a new Goleta Council member to replace Ed Easton and
  • the Planning Commission approval of Villages at Los Carneros.

We are also including a link to a major article on Goleta growth and its impacts. We are happy to provide a link to a little-known column dedicated to Goleta happenings and opinions. The Santa Barbara Independent regularly features “The Goleta Grapevine,” but it’s published only in the Indy’s online edition. For Goleta news and commentary: Goleta Grapevine . Click on the link to view past and current columns.


Continue reading T.G.O. #18—7.14.14

T.G.O. #17—5.6.2014

THE GOODLAND OUTLOOK
Edition 17  May 6, 2014

This email sent to subscribers (see below for how to subscribe) contains information about several important items related to Goleta development.

  • Villages At Los Carneros: The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for 465 residential units on 43 acres at Los Carneros and Highway 101
  • Shelby Development: The EIR for 60 residential units on 14.4 acres on Cathedral Oaks, west of Storke. This property is currently zoned for agriculture
  • The ongoing process to create a new Goleta Zoning Ordinance
  • Good news on Goleta Oil development – Venoco processing in Ellwood

Continue reading T.G.O. #17—5.6.2014