Archive » May 4, 2006
The Montecito Report
By Montecito Association staff
ONGOING MONTECITO PROJECTS UPDATE
101 in Motion: Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) unanimously approved a ballot measure for renewal of measure D. The proposed measure would renew the existing half-cent sales tax and add a quarter-cent for a total of three-quarter-cent sales tax to fund road improvements and alternative transportation. The next step is a Board of Supervisors action to place the measure on the June ballot. For more information on how our community may be affected visit the project website at www.101inmotion.com.
101 Operational Improvements: This four-year, four-stage, $50-million project is slated to begin in 2007 with funding from Measure D. The construction plans are 95% completed at this time and have been submitted to the City of Santa Barbara Design Review Team for further review. Further information about the project is available at www.sbcag.org. Due to Association input four of the six off-ramp closure times will be shortened. The Association endorsed road improvements at the west end of Coast Village Road, including retention of trees on the north side of the road and some loss of parking on the south side, and recommended other changes to improve circulation safety in the immediate area.
All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church: The church renewed its request for approval of an amended conditional use permit to allow construction of a memorial garden, including a columbarium for the interment of human ashes. A date for the County’s decision on the project has not yet been set.
Biltmore Seawall: Reconstruction of the seawall is currently undergoing County review. A draft environmental document will soon be released by the County.
Channel Drive/Olive Mill Roadwork: The Warner Group is continuing to pursue installation of a landscaped median just south of the Bonnymede entrance, three crosswalks and associated bulb-outs despite concerns expressed by the Fire District and the Association regarding impediment of emergency access and public safety.
Coral Casino: The Coral Casino closed to members last October. Demolition of the cabanas has been completed. Additional construction would proceed upon receipt of building permits and evaluation of cost considerations by the owner.
Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel: Most work on the hotel has been completed and the hotel is reopened. Remaining work at the hotel includes construction of underground lockers and installation of utilities. The Association is continuing to work with the hotel and Public Works to identify alternatives to avoid commercial bus parking along Channel Drive.
Housing Element Update: Adoption of Phase I of the Housing Element is currently in hearings before the Board of Supervisors. Phase I includes a provision requiring up-zoning of 62 acres countywide to meet State requirements. Under Phase II, the County is identifying sites in the unincorporated area for potential up-zoning. County Planning Commission hearings on rezones will resume after Board adoption of Phase I. Currently, no sites are on the table in the Montecito community; however, one County Planning Commissioner suggested some be considered.
Montecito Country Club: The property owner submitted a pre-application to the City of Santa Barbara for major changes to the property. Proposed changes include redesign of the golf course, additions to the clubhouse and other structures totaling 36,000 square feet, two underground parking structures and nine new dwellings.
Warner Fairway Road Properties: Construction on the main house and exterior garden grading and demolition are proceeding. Additional over-height walls and gateposts have been proposed along The Fairway on Fairway Road.
Westmont College: The College’s proposal for a masterplan to add approximately 378,000 square feet to the campus has been considered in several hearings before the Montecito Planning Commission and was reviewed by the Montecito Board of Architectural Review on April 24. The next hearing is scheduled for May 11 and will be dedicated to receiving public comment on the project.
ZORP: The draft Countywide Land Use Development Code is available for public review, with the comment period extended to June 23. The Countywide Code includes provisions that are applicable to the Coastal Zone of Montecito. Go to www.sbcountyplanning.org and access the appropriate link to review or comment on the document. A separate code for the inland Montecito area will be available for public review in the near future. The Association’s Zone Ordinance Reformatting Team (ZORP) team is continuing to review drafts as they become available.
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