Tag archives: development

More Land Loss
By Montecito Journal   |   May 14, 2024

I thought you might be interested to know there has recently been more land loss on Butterfly Beach. Also, I have been reporting for years to various bodies about how undermined the pedestrian/bike path is. Well over a month ago they put out signs to warn people. It has been reported in local news that […]

ARB Public Meeting on Carpinteria Bluffs Resort
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 13, 2024

Over 500 people showed up #CarpStrong at the first public Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting on the resort proposal for the Carp Bluffs, held at the Carpinteria City Council Chambers on January 25. The chambers overflowed to the hallways, lobby, and outdoor tent with a live feed. Others watched it remotely. The attendees stayed the […]

Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs Announce ARB Hearing
By Joanne A Calitri   |   January 16, 2024

City of Carpinteria Architectural Review Board Hearing for the Bluffs Resort Project, titled “The Carpinteria Farm, Hospitality and Residential Project,” is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 at 5:30 pm at Carpinteria City Hall.  This meeting will be attended by the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, which is seeking an all-out community support effort to stop […]

County Seeking Comments on YMCA 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 23, 2023

The County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development Department (P&D) is soliciting comments on the adequacy and completeness of the environmental document prepared for the proposed renovation, enhancement, and expansion of the Montecito YMCA, located at 591 Santa Rosa Lane.  The YMCA is seeking to revise its Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to update the Montecito […]

Updates on the Housing Element
By Sharon Byrne   |   December 6, 2022

We’ve got a lot on our plate here at the Montecito Association, and we’re happy to tackle it. Two weeks ago, the County had a huge public meeting on the updated Housing Element required by the state of California’s Housing and Community Development. You’ve read in these pages of how we realized the threat of […]

Stay and Play
By Kim Crail   |   March 8, 2022

Spring is almost here and the Montecito Library is keen to bring back some weekly programs for younger children! Our answer? Stay and Play, an outdoor opportunity for little ones to play and their grownups to chill. No rushing to get anywhere at a certain time or abrupt transitions, just a wide window of time […]

California’s Housing Fight Can Give You Whiplash
By Sharon Byrne   |   February 8, 2022

Here’s the conversation between California cities and the state government: California (Housing and Community Development Dept. – HCD): Hey cities, you need to build more housing. We’re short. Cities: Oh, um, hey, we don’t actually build housing. Developers do that. You guys stuck CEQA on us, code regulations, and housing elements. Where do we build, […]

New Director of P&D
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   February 21, 2019

Last week, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Lisa Plowman as the County’s next Director of Planning and Development. Plowman has more than 19 years of experience assisting private and nonprofit developers with land use entitlement and planning processes.  For the past five years, Plowman has served as Principal and […]

Don’t Feed the Traffic
By Montecito Journal   |   July 8, 2018

When I was a little girl, my favorite book was A Fish Out of Water. Based on a short story by Dr. Seuss, it’s about a little boy who buys a goldfish and is warned by the pet store owner only to feed the fish a little bit. The boy didn’t listen and he fed […]