Archive » June 14, 2006
The Montecito Report
By Montecito Association staff
ONGOING MONTECITO PROJECTS UPDATE
• 101 in Motion: The 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 Board of Supervisors placed the measure on the November 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 ramp closure times will be shortened. The Association has endorsed road improvements at the west end of Coast Village Road that include retention of the 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 committal of human ashes. Neighborhood residents and the Montecito Association requested that the project be considered by the Montecito Planning Commission, instead of the County Planning & Development director. County staffers said they will make a determination on the process once the applicant provides additional information.
• Biltmore Seawall: Reconstruction of the seawall is currently undergoing County review. A draft negative declaration evaluating potential environmental effects of the project is currently available for public review. The comment deadline is June 21. Contact Errin Briggs at Planning & Development for more information (568-2000).
• Channel Drive/Olive Mill Road Work: The Warner team continues to pursue installation of a landscaped median just south of the Bonnymede entrance. Last month, the Montecito Fire District Board upheld Fire Chief Ron McClain’s decision that the island not be allowed, saying it would constrain emergency response in the area.
• Coral Casino: The Coral Casino remains closed. Renovations are awaiting resolution of a legal challenge.
• Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel: Most work on the Biltmore has been completed and the hotel has reopened. Remaining work at the hotel includes construction of underground lockers and installation of utilities. The Association continues to work with the hotel and Public Works to identify alternatives to avoid commercial bus parking along Channel Drive.
• Housing Element Update: The County Board of Supervisors adopted Phase I of the County Housing Element on May 9. Phase I of the Housing Element includes a provision requiring up-zoning of 62 acres county-wide to allow development of 20 units per acre to meet State requirements. On May 24, the County Planning Commission initiated environmental review of 10 potential sites for up-zoning. All of these sites are located in the North County.
• Montecito Country Club: The property owner, Ty Warner, 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 at 1045 Fairway Road.
• Westmont College: The College’s proposal for a Master Plan to add approximately 378,000 square feet to the campus has been the subject of numerous hearings before the Montecito Planning Commission and the Montecito Board of Architectural Review. Two weeks ago, Westmont requested a two-month hiatus in hearings while officials consider project changes and work with new architects David VanHoy and Ken Radtkey.
• ZORP: The draft county-wide and Montecito Land Use Development Codes are available for public review, with the comment period scheduled to close on June 23, 2006. Check out the Zoning Ordinance Reformatting Project (ZORP) link at www. sbcountyplanning.org to review or comment on the document.
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