County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Santa Claus Lane Beach Access and Streetscape Improvements

The Planning and Development Department (P&D) and Public Works Department are currently undertaking two projects at Santa Claus Lane: a beach access plan and a streetscape improvements plan.  These projects implement goals, policies, and actions in the Toro Canyon Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan that are intended to increase public access to the beach and revitalize the nearby commercial area.

Beach Access

No legal access exists across the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks to Santa Claus Lane beach.  Accordingly, the public must trespass across the UPRR tracks with no appropriate railroad crossing safety measures to access the beach.  For more than a decade, the County has been pursuing an at-grade, pedestrian railroad crossing to create safe and legal public access to the beach.  The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) must authorize all new railroad crossings.  P&D has completed preliminary engineering plans for the railroad crossing and is in the process of submitting a railroad crossing application to the PUC.  The application will include a recently adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration.  The next steps will include conducting additional public outreach and securing a Coastal Development Permit (zoning permit) for the railroad crossing.

Street Improvements

The Santa Claus Lane streetscape improvements will provide additional beach and business patron parking, public restrooms, public showers, trash/recycle bins, bike racks, bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalks, traffic calming measures, and landscaping.  Staff is also studying a roundabout at the intersection of Santa Claus Lane and Sand Point Road. P&D has developed conceptual plans for the streetscape improvements (see 2012 - Parking and Street Improvements Conceptual Project Plans and Report, below) through an extensive and ongoing public outreach program. The Public Works Department is currently conducting additional public outreach and working to refine these conceptual plans to 65 percent construction plans. P&D will complete the environmental review process for the streetscape improvements. 

P&D and Public Works staff contact information is provided at the bottom of this webpage.  Please join our mailing list to receive project information and public meeting notices.

Public Meetings

Date Location Topic and Attachments
June 6, 2016 Santa Barbara County
Planning Commission Hearing Room Engineering Building, Room 17
123 East Anapamu Street.

Zoning Administrator adoption of the Proposed Final Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Santa Claus Lane Pedestrian At-Grade Rail Crossing. No permits for development were considered. Additional public outreach will be conducted by Planning and Development prior to permit processing.

Agenda (PDF)
Staff Report (PDF)
Staff Report Memo (PDF)
Action Letter (PDF)

May 19, 2016 at 6:00p Rincon Beach Club
3805 Santa Claus Lane

Community Meeting

Flyer (PDF)
Handout (PDF)
PPT (PDF)

August 10, 2012 Santa Barbara County
Planning Commission Hearing Room Engineering Building, Room 17
123 East Anapamu Street.

South County Board of Architectural Review (SBAR) concept review of the Santa Claus Lane Circulation and Parking Improvements Landscape Plans.

January 17, 2012 Rincon Beach Club, 3805 Santa Claus Lane Santa Barbara County presentation of preliminary engineering and landscape plans for Santa Claus Lane
February 23, 2011 Rincon Beach Club, 3805 Santa Claus Lane Santa Claus Lane property and business owners review of public beach access, parking solutions and streetscape upgrades.

May 2016 - Pedestrian At-Grade Rail Crossing - Proposed Final Mitigated Negative Declaration

This proposed final Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) discusses the potential environmental consequences associated with the implementation of the aforementioned pedestrian at-grade rail crossing.

Proposed Final MND for Pedestrian At-Grade Rail Crossing (PDF)

March 2016 - Pedestrian At-Grade Rail Crossing - Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

This Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) discusses the potential environmental consequences associated with the implementation of the aforementioned pedestrian at-grade rail crossing. The Planning and Development Department is soliciting comments on the adequacy and completeness of the DMND. Public comment on the DMND may be submitted until April 7, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Draft MND for Pedestrian At-Grade Rail Crossing (PDF)
Draft MND for Pedestrian At-Grade Rail Crossing - Notice of Availability (PDF)
Click here to submit a comment.

2012 - Parking and Street Improvements Conceptual Project Plans and Report

MNS Engineers and Van Atta Associates prepared concept level engineering and landscape plans for Santa Claus Lane.

CIRCULATION AND PARKING IMPROVEMENTS

The 2012 conceptual engineering plans are presented in four segments, beginning at Padaro Lane and ending at US 101 southbound onramp.

Santa Claus Lane Circulation and Parking Improvements

Concept Sheet 1 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 2 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 3 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 4 (PDF)

Concept Sheet Combined (PDF)

MNS Engineers prepared a report detailing a brief history of the project area, an existing conditions assessment, summary of public input and an evaluation of circulation and parking improvement options considered.

Santa Claus Lane Circulation & Parking Project Report, August 2012, Prepared by MNS Engineers (PDF)

LANDSCAPE PLANS

The conceptual landscape plans are presented in 6 sheets, from the intersection with Padaro Lane to the US 101 southbound onramp. Plans for the US 101 southbound end of the project includes several options for a turnaround at the end of Santa Claus Lane (see Sheet 6, 6.1 and 6.2).

Santa Claus Lane Landscape Plans

Concept Sheet 1 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 2 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 3 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 4 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 5 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 6 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 6.1 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 6.2 (PDF)

Concept Sheet 7 (Landscape Imagery) (PDF)

 

Beach User Survey

In Summer 2011 the County conducted an on-site beach user survey at Santa Claus Lane beach to gather information that will be useful in understanding how and when Santa Barbara County residents and visitors use this beach.

Survey Results Summary (PDF)

Contacts

Long Range Planning
Dan Klemann, Deputy Director:
dklemann@countyofsb.org

Allen Bell, Supervising Planner: abell@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
Ryan Cooksey, Planner: rcooksey@countyofsb.org
, 805-884-6836

Public Works
Chris Doolittle, Project Manager: Cdoolit@cosbpw.net, 805-739-8777
Leroy Cadena, Transportation Engineer: lcadena@co.santa-barbara.ca.us, 805-739-8764

Planning Documents

Toro Canyon Community Plan (PDF) (Note: the Plan figures can be found at the end of the document)

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