Tomorrow, three projects impacting the Gaviota Coast will be heard by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. One of them is the Naples Project, which has been a concern to environmental groups since 2000. The Naples section was recently purchased by an overseas investor looking to revive the project:
“The former Naples developer Matt Osgood is back, this time backed by apartment developer Standard Portfolios and foreign capital,” writes Jim Hines of the Sierra Club, Los Padres Chapter. “Standard Portfolios, which acquired the Santa Barbara Ranch (SBR) property from First Bank in January, is requesting that the Board consent to a Transfer Agreement by which First Bank’s rights and obligations under the Inland Development Agreement are transferred to Standard Portfolios. At the hearing the Board must consider whether the prospective developer has the financial ability and reputation to assume the responsibilities associated with the development agreement and project approvals. The Santa Barbara Ranch Project is the wrong project for this exceptional coastal property. Please ask the Board of Supervisors to deny the transfer request, terminate the Inland Development Agreement and take the necessary steps to ensure that the developer pursues a different project.”
WHAT: Hearing at the Board of Supervisors covering three Gaviota Coast projects : the Las Varas Ranch Project, Santa Barbara Ranch/Naples Development Agreement Transfer, and funding for the Resource Recovery Project at Tajiguas Landfill
WHEN: Tuesday July 7, 2015 (time TBD, likely to start at approximately 10:30AM* see times below)
WHERE: Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.* The hearing agenda has been published here. Tajiguas is item A25 at approximately 10:30, BOS is requesting a continuance to Sept 1 for Las Varas, item 6, and item 7 is Santa Barbara Ranch/Naples Development transfer. It is difficult to estimate the time it will take to get to items 6 & 7. If you need to know specific times, the hearing will be televised LIVE on Cox Santa Barbara Channel 20 and streamed live here, where you can watch to figure out how quickly it’s going.