County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Gaviota

The Gaviota Coast Planning Area

One of the largest remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline in southern California, the Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara County is a spectacular landscape composed of agricultural, biological, cultural, recreational, and scenic resources. The County's Comprehensive Plan outlines policies that apply to the Gaviota Area.

 

NEW Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Gaviota Coast Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is available for public review and comment.

The Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department (P&D) is the lead agency in preparing the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Gaviota Coast Plan (Project) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code §21000 et seq.) The DEIR evaluates the potential effects of the project, and reasonable alternatives, on the environmental areas identified during initiation of the project and the scoping period.

The Gaviota Coast Plan updates the policies, land use designations, development standards, and actions applicable to the Plan area. The Plan provides the future “blueprint” for land use to guide the community, decision makers, and the County. The Plan addresses a range of land use issues, including residential, agricultural, and rural land uses, visual resources, recreation and trails, public facilities and service provision, and environmental resources and constraints.

Draft Environmental Impact Report Documents

Comment Link

Please submit e-mail comments here. The public comment period will close on August 6, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.

Individuals may purchase a copy of the Draft EIR by contacting Bill’s Copy Shop at (805) 564-4353.

DEIR Environmental Comment Hearing

The environmental comment hearing provides an opportunity for public input on the adequacy of the DEIR and potential significant effects of the project.

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
The Goleta Union School District
Jack Kramer Administration Center
401 North Fairview Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117

The public may comment by providing testimony at the public comment hearing (information above) and/or by submitting written comments to gaviotacoastplan@countyofsb.org prior to the close of the public comment period on August 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report

The County of Santa Barbara is the lead agency preparing the program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with the purpose of informing decision-makers and the public regarding the potential environmental effects related to the Gaviota Coast Plan in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code §21000 et seq.) The EIR will consider the potential effects of the project on the environmental areas identified during initiation of the project and the scoping period.

The County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development Department (P&D), as the Lead Agency, has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Gaviota Coast Plan Environmental Impact Report. The purpose of the NOP is to solicit views as to the scope and content of the environmental information in connection with the proposed project from agencies and other interested parties. An environmental scoping meeting was held on February 10, 2014. The scoping period ran from January 10 through February 24, 2014.

Notice of Preparation (.pdf)

Environmental Scoping Document for the Gaviota Coast Plan (.pdf)

Board of Supervisors (BOS) Initiation Draft Gaviota Coast Plan

On December 3, 2013, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing to consider initiating environmental review for the draft Gaviota Coast Plan. The BOS Initiation Draft Gaviota Coast Plan includes amendments to the Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Plan, Land Use and Development Code, and Local Coastal Program, including amendments to County land use and zoning maps.

December 2013 Board of Supervisors Initiation Draft Gaviota Coast Plan with Maps (full text, large file) (.pdf)

December 2013 Board of Supervisors Initiation Draft Gaviota Coast Plan without Maps (full text, large file) (.pdf)

Gaviota Coast Plan Errata (.pdf)

For information, please contact: Brian Tetley at btetley@countyofsb.org or (805) 884-6848, FAX (805) 568-2076

Contacts:
Matt Schneider, Deputy Director: mschneider@countyofsb.org
David Lackie, Supervising Planner: dlackie@countyofsb.org
Jessica Metzger, Associate Planner: jmetzger@countyofsb.org

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Also visit:

Initiation Draft Gaviota Coast Plan Webpage

Gaviota Coast Planning Advisory Committee (GavPAC) Webpage

Subcommittees Webpage

Editorial

The Editorial Subcommittee completed work on this phase at their last meeting on 02/13/13. To see information from past Subcommittee meetings please click here.

Trails

The Trails Subcommittee completed work on this phase at their last meeting on 04/05/12. To see information from past Subcommittee meetings please click here.

Agriculture

The Agriculture Subcommittee completed work on this phase at their last meeting on 01/17/12. To see information from past Subcommittee meetings please click here.

Visual Resources

The Visual Resources Subcommittee completed work on this phase at their last meeting on 04/19/11. To see information from past Subcommittee meetings please click here.

Documents

 

Maps

Photos

Historic Photos:
Slideshow 1 (Refugio Beach, El Capitan, Alcatraz Oil, etc.)
Slideshow 2 (Gaviota Pass, Graffiti, Arroyo Hondo Bridge)
Slideshow 3 (Vista del Mar School)