County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Climate Action Strategy

Implementation of the Energy and Climate Action Plan

As was described under Measure BE 2 of the Energy and Climate Action Plan, a new Home Energy Checklist and Guidance Document has been created that goes into effect on February 1, 2016. Applicants are required to complete the Home Energy Checklist for residential building permits for additions, alterations, and/or remodels (excluding repair and/or maintenance). This Checklist will provide homeowners the tools they need to inspect the various areas of their homes for potential energy upgrade opportunities. Access the Home Energy Checklist and the Guidance Booklet at the following links:

Adoption of the Energy and Climate Action Plan

Board of Supervisors Hearing

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to consider recommendations to adopt the Energy and Climate Action Plan and associated amendments to the Energy Element of the Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Plan, including:

Board of Supervisors Hearing
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
County Administration Building Board Hearing Room
105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hearing begins at 9:00 A.M.

Written comments are also welcome and should be addressed to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, c/o Clerk of the Board, 105 E. Anapamu Street, Room 407, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101.

May 19, 2015 Board of Supervisors Hearing Materials

Board Letter  (.pdf)

Attachments to Board Letter

 

County Planning Commission Hearing

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the County Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to receive a briefing on the Energy and Climate Action Plan and associated amendments to the Energy Element of the Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Plan, including:

County Planning Commission Hearing
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Planning Commission Hearing Room 17
123 E. Anapamu St., 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hearing begins at 9:00 A.M.

No New Hearing Materials

Written comments, with nine copies, are also welcome and should be addressed to the County Planning Commission, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101.

September 3, 2014 Planning Commission Hearing Materials

County Planning Commission Staff Report  (.pdf)

Attachment A.        Findings for Approval  (.pdf)

Attachment B.        Draft Energy and Climate Action Plan (.pdf)

Attachment C.        Energy and Climate Action Plan Proposed Final EIR (.pdf)

Attachment D.        Resolution – Energy Element Amendment  (.pdf)

Attachment E.         Resolution – ECAP Adoption (.pdf)

Written comments, with nine copies, are also welcome and should be addressed to the County Planning Commission, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101.

 

Montecito Planning Commission Hearing

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the Montecito Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to consider recommendations to the County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to adopt the Energy and Climate Action Plan and associated amendments to the Energy Element of the Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Plan, including:

Montecito Planning Commission Hearing
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Planning Commission Hearing Room 17
123 E. Anapamu St., 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hearing begins at 9:00 A.M.

Montecito Planning Commission Memorandum  (.pdf)

Written comments, with nine copies, are also welcome and should be addressed to the Montecito Planning Commission, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101.

August 25, 2014 Montecito Planning Commission Hearing Materials

Montecito Planning Commission Staff Report  (.pdf)

Attachment A.        Findings for Approval  (.pdf)

Attachment B.        Draft Energy and Climate Action Plan (.pdf)

Attachment C.        Energy and Climate Action Plan Proposed Final EIR (.pdf)

Attachment D.        Resolution – Energy Element Amendment  (.pdf)

Attachment E.         Resolution – ECAP Adoption (.pdf)

 

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report

Planning & Development, serving as the lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the County of Santa Barbara Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). The DEIR provides an analysis of the potential environmental effects associated with the approval of the proposed project and focuses on potential impacts that could result from implementation of the ECAP.

Planning and Development released the DEIR for public comment on May 11, 2014, and held a public comment hearing on June 11, 2014. The comment period ended on June 24, 2014.

Notice of Availability (.pdf)

Draft Environmental Impact Report (.pdf)

Draft Environmental Impact Report Technical Appendices (.pdf)

Draft Energy and Climate Action Plan (.pdf)

Draft Energy and Climate Action Plan Technical Appendix (.pdf)

Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report

Planning & Development Department is the lead agency for preparation of a program Environmental Impact Report for the County of Santa Barbara Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). A first step in the EIR process is for the lead agency to prepare and distribute a Notice of Preparation to provide notice that an EIR is being prepared, and to solicit guidance from Responsible Agencies, Trustee Agencies, and other public agencies on the scope and content of the environmental information to be included in the EIR.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was issued on February 12, 2014 for a 30-day comment period ending March 14, 2014.

Environmental Scoping Meeting
Planning and Development conducted an Environmental Scoping Meeting on March 3, 2014 to provide an additional opportunity for the public to comment on the scope and content of the environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR.

Notice of Preparation (.pdf)

Environmental Scoping Document for the County of Santa Barbara Energy and Climate Action Plan (.pdf)

Background

The Climate Action Strategy (CAS) is being developed to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pursuant to the Board of Supervisors’ March 2009 direction (BOS Resolution 09-059) “to take immediate, cost effective, and coordinated steps to reduce the County’s collective GHG emissions.“

The CAS follows a two-phase structure intended to promote an informed public dialogue prior to County commitment to concrete actions to reduce emissions.

Phase 1:  Climate Action Study. Learn more about the Climate Action Study here

Phase 2:  Energy and Climate Action Plan.  The ECAP will identify ways the County can reduce GHG emissions and implement energy-saving measures in support of a thriving, well-balanced and sustainable community. The ECAP is being prepared to assist the County with reducing its GHG emissions consistent with State Assembly Bill 32.

The ECAP will:

At March 12, 2013 Board of Supervisors hearing, the BOS endorsed a 15% GHG reduction target and implementation mechanisms included in Option #4 of the ECAP Summary Information. More information can be found in the documents below and by visiting the Hearings webpage:

Hearings

For copies of Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission agenda letters and staff reports, please visit the Hearings webpage.

Calendar

Event Milestone

Focused Community Outreach

Summer 2010 (complete)

Draft Climate Action Study and Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Winter 2010 (complete)

Public Release of Climate Action Study

April 2011 (complete)

Public Workshop

April 26, 2011 (complete)

Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors Hearing to Adopt Study

May-July 2011 (complete)

Climate Action Plan Development

Summer 2011-
Summer 2014 (complete)

Public Workshop #1

April 4, 2012 (complete)

BOS Briefing

March 2013 (complete)

Environmental Review of Energy and Climate Action Plan

Winter 2013 - Spring 2015

Planning Commission and BOS Adoption Hearings of Climate Action Plan

Summer 2014 - Spring 2015

 

 

Public Participation

There will be a number of opportunities for you to get involved.

The project is partially funded by Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.  The funding was awarded to the County to implement activities to achieve statewide energy efficiency goals.

Documents

Additional documents can be found be visiting the Hearings webpage.

Contacts
David Lackie, Supervising Planner: dlackie@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
Mindy Fogg, Supervising Planner: mfogg@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

 

Municipal Energy Efficiency

The County of Santa Barbara (County) recognizes that local government can play a significant role with respect to state and national policy efforts addressing the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In March of 2009, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors (BOS) adopted Resolution 09-059, which committed the County to take immediate, cost-effective, and coordinated steps to reduce the County's collective GHG emissions in order to protect the community from the effects of climate change and implement programs to comply with the State of California's GHG reduction goals. The Resolution maintains that the benefits of creating a coordinated plan (with measurements, evaluation, and reporting requirements) to reduce GHG emissions can outweigh the costs. As a producer, regulator, and incentivizer of GHG reduction efforts, the County is providing leadership across the region by implementing a multi-pronged strategy to reduce GHG emissions. The General Services Department has generated the following documents for County operations:

Resolution 09-059

Sustainability Action Plan

Energy Action Plan

Benchmark Policy

Sustainability Progress Report

emPower Central Coast

Existing buildings represent one of the largest sources of GHG emission. In fact, almost 25 percent of reductions necessary to meet the State's AB 32 target are attributable to the built environment. Accordingly, the County has initiated emPower Central Coast, which provides a convenient financing option to empower residents and businesses to green their property through energy efficiency, water efficiency or renewable improvements. More information can be found on the emPowerSBC website.

 

Useful Links

 

Office of Attorney General - Global Warming

California Air Resources Board – Assembly Bill 32

California Air Resources Board – Senate Bill 375

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research – Senate Bill 97

California Energy Commission

California Climate Change Portal

Cool California

California Air Pollution Control Officers Association

California Climate Action Registry

Governor's Office of Planning and Research - Cities and Counties Addressing Climate Change