Montecito Association Meets Remotely

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 19, 2020

On Tuesday, March 17, the Montecito Association Board of Directors met via teleconference.

The Board discussed a proposed project by the Montecito Sanitary District that includes a new 5,000-sq-ft Essential Services Building with a new 17-space parking lot, multiple solar canopies, and a new recycled water treatment system, as well as demolition of the existing office building and adjacent parking lot. The project was supposed to be in front of the Montecito Board of Architectural Review this Thursday, but that meeting has since been canceled.

Bob Short brought up several questions about the project, including the necessity for rate hikes and the District’s current financial situation. Short reports that the District has over $16M of cash on hand, which he said “certainly raised a lot of questions.”

Board president Megan Orloff reported that she has invited reps from the Sanitary District to present the project to the Land Use Committee and the full board, but has been unable to solidify a presentation. The Board voted to send a letter to MBAR and Montecito Planning Commission explaining that there is not yet enough information about the project to formulate a position.

The Board also unanimously agreed to form a Sustainability & Resiliency Committee.

The next board meeting is Tuesday, April 14. For more information, visit


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