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County Housing Element Update

TO: Jessica Steele/Staff RE: County Housing Element Update Scoping Comments Dear Staff: CPA has written several letters to County Planning and BOS over the past year urging public information and outreach by County Planning, as the plan to site over 5000 units in the unincorporated County, over 4000 in South County alone, was underway with …

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Nojoqui Farms appeal

Citizens Planning Association submits this letter to the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission in support of the Seaman appeal of the Nojoqui Farms cannabis cultivation LUP. Citizens Planning Association, representing residents from throughout Santa Barbara County, has supported sound land use policies on the Central Coast since 1960. CPA has submitted many comments on the …

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CPA Supports Tighter Cannabis Ordinance

TO: Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors RE: 5-24-22 BOS Hearing: Amendments to Cannabis Land Use ordinance Dear Chair Hartmann and Board Members: As you know, Citizens Planning Association has repeatedly expressed concerns about the inadequate protections and safeguards that the County’s uniquely permissive Cannabis ordinance affords to local residents. These impacts, throughout the County, …

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CPA Promotes Transparency and Community Involvement

Dear Chair Hartmann and CEO Miyasato: The Board of Directors of Citizens Planning Association wish to express urgency and concerns about the absence of transparency and community engagement in the 2023 Housing Element Update project. We have raised our concerns on several occasions with Director Plowman. We have stressed that genuine community engagement and outreach …

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CPA Asks BOS for Fairness with Cannabis Ordinance

TO: Santa Barbara County Planning Commission RE: 5-11-22 PC Hearing: Item 2: Amendments to Cannabis Land Use ordinance Dear Chair Cooney and Commissioners: As you know, Citizens Planning Association has repeatedly expressed concerns about the inadequate protections and safeguards that the County’s uniquely permissive Cannabis ordinance affords to local residents. These impacts, throughout the County, …

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CPA Supports Yet Another Cannabis Appeal, this time in Carpinteria (Cate School)

Dear Santa Barbara County Planning Commission) Chair Cooney and Commissioners: Citizens Planning Association has expressed repeated concerns about the inadequate protections and safeguards that the County’s uniquely permissive Cannabis ordinance affords to local residents. These impacts throughout the County are further exacerbated by the limited protections provided by simple Land Use Permits or, in the present …

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CPA Supports More Oversight before Cannabis Appeal Was Pulled

Dear (Santa Barbara County Planning Commission) Chair and Commissioners: Citizens Planning Association submits this letter in support of the La Barge appeal ABL Partners cannabis cultivation LUP. For reasons cited in great detail in the appeal letter, we concur that the findings for this project cannot be made. Citizens Planning Association, representing residents from throughout …

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CPA Makes Suggestions for De la Guerra Plaza Update Joint Hearing

Dear Historic Landmarks Commission members: Citizens Planning Association has been active in Santa Barbara since 1960, working for good planning, including the preservation of our historic resources for the present and future appreciation of Santa Barbara residents. The de la Guerra Plaza is central to the two or three blocks of our historic civic center, …

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CPA Asks for Transparency in Cannabis Ordinance Updates

County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors RE: 3-1-22 Hearing: Item A-4 Chapter 50 Second Reading Dear Chair Hartmann and Board: Citizens Planning Association requests that you refrain from adopting the proposed amendments to Chapter 50, set for Second Reading and adoption at your 3-1-22 meeting. We are concerned that the confusion and significant impacts …

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