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On September 26th, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to initiate the Santa Ynez Valley Community Plan with the adoption of a subcommittee report containing nine recommendations drafted in response to public testimony received during a special hearing held at the Veterans Hall on September 13th.

Moving Forward

The Community Plan progresses to the EIR stage with the inclusion of eight recommendations:

1. The Plan should be amended to eliminate any and all public recreational multi-use trails proposed on private property or along private roads. The Draft Plan identified several proposed trails on both public and private lands and along both public and private roadways to be built only on willing property owner’s land. Public comment at the Board hearing and at the Subcommittee meeting disclosed that there were not willing property owners.

2. To avoid confusion, the list of Potential Historic Resources (Appendix I) should be removed. Inclusion of this list was purely information. The Plan proposed no additional regulation of historic sites.

3. The designation of Environmentally Sensitive Habitat (ESH) areas and applicable policies and development standards in the Plan should be removed. The identified biological resources and habitats are already protected by Federal, State and/or County regulations; therefore this portion of the Plan is redundant.

4. Comprehensive Planning should review the Plan for accuracy and consistency with other County documents prior to preparation of the EIR.

5. Comprehensive Planning should separate the Wastewater and Water Section into two separate chapters.

6. Throughout the EIR process, Comprehensive Planning should continue to work with the various water agencies to address their concerns regarding the adequacy of the Water section.

7. Increased traffic, especially on Highway 154 is of great concern to Valley residents. The EIR should consider reducing the use of Valley roadways as a shortcut for commuters from the North County to Santa Barbara.

8. The Plan should address the need for additional recreational fields and provide policies that encourage playing field development.

And the intent of a ninth:

9. The preservation of the integrity of the goals, policies and development standards included in the Plan are of paramount importance to the community. Therefore, the Plan should include a policy stating that the County shall oppose the removal of land from the Plan area by any government entity without a pre-annexation agreement that would assure adherence to the Plan.”

“Potential Historic Resources ” (Appendix I has been deleted from the plan. If you would like to view what caused concern please click on the links below to view these properties in a conveniently printable PDF format.)

Historical Site List #1
Historical Site List #2
Historical Site List #3
Historical Site List #4

(These files require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
To download your free copy of Adobe Acrobat click here)


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