Montecito Association Land Use February 6 Meeting
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 13, 2024

The Montecito Association (MA) held its Land Use monthly meeting February 6 via Zoom. Key issues on the table were pedestrian paths, YMCA Update, the Debris Nets and a Montecito resident’s creek issues with neighbor. MA Chair Bill Babbitt called the meeting to order. Present were Pat McElroy, Executive Director for The Project for Resilient […]

New Miramar Project at MBAR 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 31, 2023

Representatives of Rick Caruso’s Rosewood Miramar Resort were in front of the Montecito Board of Architectural Review (MBAR) last week showing conceptual plans of a new proposal that would include residential housing and new retail shops.  Caruso’s Senior Vice President of Development Bryce Ross told the Board that the new expansion project was born out […]


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Proposed Expansion from Rosewood Miramar
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 10, 2023

Rosewood Miramar reps were in front of the Montecito Association Land Use Committee on Tuesday presenting on a newly proposed project to add more employee housing as well as 12 new resort shops plus a café, and 15 market-rate apartments that would be available for long-term rent. The employee housing would be located on what […]

Highway 101 Construction Continues
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 3, 2023

While progress continues on both roundabouts in Montecito, crews are prepping for the start of the highway widening through Montecito, building new safety railings and retaining walls for both sides of the San Ysidro overcrossings, clearing vegetation, setting temporary barriers, and working on temporary electricity connections for the start of freeway improvements.  Part of that […]

San Ysidro Overcrossing Opens
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 5, 2023

This past weekend marked an important milestone in the construction of the San Ysidro Roundabout: the roundabout was opened for partial usage, and the overpass, an important thoroughfare in Montecito, was reopened, triggering the closure of the temporary fire station that was erected earlier this summer on Hill Road. “It entailed unbelievable collaboration for what […]

Ring Nets Support: Help Keep the Ring Nets in for the Next Five
By Pat McElroy   |   August 29, 2023

Our hearts sank when on the 5th year anniversary of the 1/9/2018 Debris Flow, we had another event. And I know we were all concerned about the level of rain potentially coming down in Montecito with tropical storm Hilary. Studies have shown the debris flow events in our community can occur much more frequently than […]

Road Construction Roundup: 101 Construction for Montecito Starts Now, Goes Through 2026
By Sharon Byrne   |   June 20, 2023

At the Montecito Association board meeting this week, the 101 team presented on the Montecito construction for the freeway-widening project that started Monday, and will run, in phases, through 2026. The segment from San Ysidro to Olive Mill is funded, while the funding for the segment from San Ysidro to Romero Creek is to be […]

  • Update on Short-term Rentals
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 13, 2023

    At a Montecito Association Land Use & Transportation Committee meeting earlier this week, Executive Director Sharon Byrne and First District Supervisor representative Darcel Elliott gave an update on plans for a Short Term Rental (STR) Ordinance for the Coastal Zone in Montecito. As it stands now, the only ordinance pertaining to STRs in Montecito is […]

    Plans for the Casa Dorinda Triangle
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 13, 2022

    At the Montecito Association’s Land Use & Transportation Committee hearing earlier this week, the committee was briefed on upcoming plans to beautify the “triangle” in front of Casa Dorinda, where Olive Mill and Hot Springs roads meet.  The $200,000 project is being funded in part by Montecito Community Foundation, with help from Casa Dorinda and […]


    Summerland Signage Woes 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 13, 2022

    Also at the Land Use Committee meeting, representatives from the Summerland Citizens Association (SCA) reported to the committee that they are spearheading an appeal of a portion of developer John Price’s new Fuel Depot project at 2285 Lillie Avenue in Summerland. Specifically, the SCA is appealing the gas station’s sign on the back side of […]

    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 […]

    McMenemy Trail Project Moves Forward
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    Last week, Santa Barbara County’s Riding and Hiking Trails Advisory Committee (aka CRAHTAC) approved a plan to realign .6 miles of Montecito’s McMenemy Trail. According to Montecito Trails Foundation (MTF) Board President Ashlee Mayfield, the section of trail in question has significant issues and has been on the docket for improvement since at least 2008, […]

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    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 22, 2022

    On Monday, November 14, the Montecito Board of Architectural Review and City of Santa Barbara Architectural Review Board held a joint hearing to consider the Olive Mill Roundabout for final design approval. The meeting was a follow-up to another joint hearing earlier this month, when several details about the project, including size of the olive […]

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    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 15, 2022

    On Friday, November 4, community leaders and elected officials celebrated the kick-off for the Olive Mill Roundabout project. Construction will begin late November and go through summer 2023.  The roundabout will improve traffic flow at the intersection at Olive Mill Road, Coast Village Road, North Jameson Lane, the northbound Highway 101 off-ramp at Olive Mill […]