Letters

Streamline Approval for Affordable Housing & Objective Design Standards

TO: Santa Barbara County Planning Commission FROM: Citizens Planning Association RE: Item 1: Streamline Approval for Affordable Housing and Objective Design Standards Dear Commissioners: CPA was very recently made aware that this item is before you today. Our board members have not had adequate time to study, or evaluate impacts and implication for design guidelines …

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Support for State Street Parkway Historic Designation

Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks Commission Dear Commissioners: Citizens Planning Association, a countywide, not for profit organization, has worked since 1960 to endorse and participate in the promotion of good urban planning. One of the core issues we promote is protection of our heritage and beauty. CPA has been actively studying proposals that come before your …

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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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Proposed Milpas Development Not In Best Interest of Santa Barbara

Letter to the Santa Barbara City Architectural Board of Review August 22, 2022 Dear ABR members: Citizens Planning Association has worked in Santa Barbara County, with a base in Santa Barbara City, since 1960. As our Mission, “We advocate for the best standards of design and natural resource protection in order to maintain sustainable communities …

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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 & Watershed Alliance Support Funding Goleta’s Creeks & Watersheds

6/20/2021 Letter to the City of Goleta Re: City Budget and Sales Tax Revenue Priorities: Creek and Watershed Protection and Restoration   Dear Mayor Perotte and Councilmembers: The undersigned members of the Watershed Alliance support prioritization of the City’s watersheds and creeks as critically important community resources. Goleta’s creeks and watersheds recharge our aquifers, filter …

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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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