Archive » September 28, 2006
The Montecito Report
By Montecito Association staff
ONGOING MONTECITO PROJECTS UPDATE
• 101 in Motion: The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments approved unanimously 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 County Board of Supervisors has placed the measure on the November ballot. For more information 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 Montecito 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 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 that includes a columbarium for the interment of human ashes. Neighborhood residents and the Montecito Association requested that the project be considered by the Montecito Planning Commission instead of the Director of Planning & Development. County planners will make a determination on the process once additional information has been provided by the applicant.
• Biltmore Seawall: The Planning Commission approved the Four Season Biltmore Hotel’s application for reconstruction of the seawall and storm-damaged stairway in August. The property owner, Ty Warner, appealed the approval to the Board of Supervisors. At issue is a Planning Commission condition of approval that requires the design and materials of entry piers to match the existing seawall materials. A date for the hearing has not been set.
• Coral Casino: The club remains closed as construction of the renovation project has begun. A separate Montecito Sanitary District lift station adjacent to the Coral Casino is currently under construction.
• Fraser-Siemens Project: This proposal to remove a restriction prohibiting development of this .75-acre site adjacent to San Ysidro Creek and San Ysidro Trail is subject of ongoing review by County planners. The Montecito Planning Commission will consider this project this fall.
• Maxwell Certificates of Compliance: The Maxwells filed a lawsuit challenging the County Board of Supervisors decision to require that development of the Maxwells’ substandard size lots can only occur if the two-acre minimum parcel size is met.
• Montecito Architectural Guidelines: The Montecito Association has been working with the Montecito Planning Commission, Montecito Board of Architectural Review and County Planning & Development to ensure that the original goals of the Architectural Guidelines are adhered to as projects are reviewed.
• Montecito Country Club: Ty Warner submitted a pre-application to the City of Santa Barbara for major changes to the property, including a 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.
• Road Encroachments: The Montecito Association has been working with the County to improve the review of encroachments into the public road right-of-way and avoid the loss of public pathways on road shoulders due to private use of those areas.
• Westmont College: The college unveiled revised site and architectural plans for the campus masterplan proposal to add approximately 350,000 square feet of new structures. A Planning Commission hearing is tentatively scheduled for October 18.
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