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Community Interests

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Much has been made of recent changes to State law related to the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), formerly known as Residential Second Units.  These changes affect local agencies, primarily by eliminating minimum lot size requirements, easing parking requirements and preempting local regulations until such time as they have been conformed to State law. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CALTRANS PROPOSED HIGHWAY 101 HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE PROJECT

Planning efforts related to improvements at the Olive Mill Road, San Ysidro Road and Cabrillo Boulevard underpass are moving forward.  Intersection Control Evaluations have been conducted for Olive Mill and San Ysidro.  The Olive Mill analysis recommends use of a roundabout at the existing intersection of Coast Village Road/Olive Mill/S. Jameson/101 ramps as the best alternative.  A copy of that study is available at this link: Olive Mill ICE Report.  For San Ysidro, the favored design involves a roundabout at the San Ysidro/N. Jameson intersection and the addition of a four-way stop at the south bound offramp/San Ysidro intersection.  Find that study here.  The Montecito Planning Commission is scheduled to recieve an update these projects on May 17, 2017.  The City of Santa Barbara is conducting outreach regarding the proposed work along Cabrillo Boulevard at Los Patos and under the railroad bridge.  A community meeting is sheduled for May 3, 2017, 5:00 pm in the Cabrillo Pavillion, 1118 East Cabrillo Blvd.  A fact sheet is found here.

Caltrans has released a Draft Revised Environmental Impact Report for the South Coast 101 HOV Lanes project.  This revised document responds to a court ruling requiring the analysis of impacts to affected local intersections.  You can find a link to the DREIR here.  With respect to Montecito area intersections, Caltrans concludes that some improvements to be partially funded by Caltrans are necessary for the Cabrillo/Los Patos intersection prior to project completion, and to the San Ysidro Road/SB off ramp intersection - prior to 2040.  Comments on the document will be accepted until January 31, 2017.

Caltrans has released the final Environmental Impact Report for the project.  It can be reviewed at this link: Final EIR.  The Montecito Association Transportation Committee is reviewing that document and continuing to advocate for the best possible outcome for the community and region.  SBCAG has engaged a cooridor consultant (Tony Harris) to develop recommendations related to the design and construction of the project and to evaluate the inclusion of "parallel" projects to address shortcomings at Hot Springs, San Ysidro and Olive Mill Roads.  You can view Mr. Harris' recommendations in this May 2015 report.  On January 21, 2016, the Montecito and City of Santa Barbara Planning Commissions will have a joint meeting to recieve an update on the 101 HOV project and discuss the results of intersection operational analyses at Olive Mill/Coast Village Road and the San Ysidro interchange.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Board of Supervisors is scheduled for a continued hearing on the proposed ordinance to ban short term rentals in residential zones on June 6, 2017.  Make your voice heard - follow this link to send comments to the Board: http://www.countyofsb.org/bos/home.c.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The State of California is taking steps to control the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an exotic pest that can transmit a disease called Huanglongbing (HLB) that devastates citrus trees. Additional information on the threat posed by the ACP and HLB can be found at this website:  http://californiacitrusthreat.org/.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

MIRAMAR HOTEL PROJECT
Caruso Affiliated submitted a revised project to Santa Barbara County at the end of July 2014.  The project reduces the number of rooms from 186 to 170, eliminates underground parking areas and shifts building locations.  The revised project will receive further consideration by the Montecito Planning Commission on January 21, 2015.  A staff report can be viewed at this link:  Miramar Hotel Staff Report.  In November 2014, the Montecito Association Board of Directors voted to endorse the redesigned project as presented. On January 21, 2015 the Montecito Planning Commission approved the project.  Subsequently, Caruso Affiliated and a Miramar Avenue property owner filed appeals with the Board of Supervisors.  The Board of Supervisors heard the appeal and approved the project.  Rough grading of the site is now underway with occupancy planned for Summer 2018.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beautification Day is November 5 - We hope you will participate in Beautification Day by gathering with other community members on Saturday, November 5. Did you know you can also support this event by becoming a t-shirt sponsor? Find the sponsorship form at this link or call us in the office to ensure your name on the back of the shirt!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

In response to drought conditions and dwindling available water supplies, the Montecito Water District (MWD) adopted an ordinance declaring a water shortage emergency and establishing restrictions on water use.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Montecito Union School District Board of Directors is moving forward with environmental review of proposed improvements to several of the older buildings on campus as well as parking and circulation upgrades. They have elected not to place a bond measure on the November 2016 ballot. Superintendent Murphy’s press release with additional details can be found at this link.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

FIRE DISTRICT PLANS FOR ADDITIONAL FACILITIES TO BETTER SERVE MONTECITO

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Are you flood ready? With a high likelihood of heavy rains this winter, homeowners need to take steps to prepare their property. Find valuable information on this topic in this County Flood Control Presentation and on the web at this link.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The County of Santa Barbara is evaluating options for the improvement of the San Ysidro Road/Posilipo Road and Highway 101 intersections and ramps.  On November 11, 2014, Public Works and their transportation engineering consultants provided a presentation to the Montecito Association board of directors.  The presentation can be viewed at this link:  San Ysidro/101 Concept Designs.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

SCE PLANS TO INSTALL SMART METERS DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS
Update - CPUC Approves Opt-Out for SCE Customers. 
Information on how to opt out is provided at the Smart Meter Information link below.  Wireless smart meters are being installed throughout California to replace existing analog meters.  In our area, SCE has plans to replace electrical meters with wireless meters.  They collect electrical usage information and transmit it to collector meters located within about a half mile radius.  The collector meters transmit the information to SCE.  The individual meters also transmit into homes to communicate with “smart” appliances that include wireless communication devices.  The system will allow for variable pricing for power use and more detailed monitoring of usage.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

COMMERCIAL RENTAL OF PROPERTY FOR EVENTS REQUIRES A PERMIT
Current Montecito zoning requirements allow residents to host charitable and noncommercial functions at their homes as long as the number of persons present does not exceed 300 persons, the owner or tenant receives no remuneration and no more than three charitable functions are held in a year.  If property is rented for a temporary event, a conditional use permit is required. 

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MONTECITO YMCA PROPOSES MAJOR EXPANSION PROJECT
The Montecito YMCA, located at the corner of Santa Rosa Road and San Ysidro Road has developed plans to remodel and expand their facilities.  The proposal includes a 5,400 square foot two-story addition to the main building, a new child care building of 2,723 square feet, a locker room/natatorium building of 5,300 S.F. and an 11,000 S.F. gymnasium.  The project will require approval of a revised Conditional Use Permit by the County of Santa Barbara.

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ARE TREES IN MONTECITO PROTECTED?
Ask anyone in Montecito “What makes our community special?”  Most will agree that the greenery found throughout the community – lush landscaping and beautiful mature trees - are an essential component of what makes Montecito special.  However, most trees in Montecito are not protected from removal unless the removal is part of a development project or is located within the Coastal Zone of Montecito. 

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