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Santa Barbara County Planning Commission to Review Appeal Against Campground Developments

Santa Barbara County Planning Commission will hear an appeal from the Gaviota Coast Conservancy on April 24 concerning ongoing developments at El Capitan Canyon Resort. The conservancy argues that these developments could potentially disrupt scenic views along the rural coastline of Santa Barbara. The final decision by the Planning Commission will consider the input from all stakeholders, with public comments accepted up until two days before the hearing. 

In September 2023, the Central Board of Architectural Review granted preliminary design approval for this phase. Plans included the addition of 22 RV cabins, 17 yurts, and a mix of auto and bike campsites. Additionally, the project proposed the replacement of two ranch support buildings with three new support facilities and a comfort station, alongside the introduction of new swimming pools and enhanced night lighting.

The disputed project, aimed at enhancing the resort’s offerings with new campsites and amenities, was initiated over a decade ago. It is currently in its next phase, which involves relocating 47 campsites to a new section of the campground known as Area F. This section is positioned above an existing llama farm.

According to a Santa Barbara Independent report, the controversy stems from a coastal development permit issued in 2011, which the Gaviota Coast Conservancy claims expired in 2013. The group contends that the project should adhere to the Gaviota Coast Plan, established in 2018, which includes specific viewshed protections.

The project’s applicant, along with the resort’s former owner, Roger Himovitz, maintains that the project does not constitute an expansion but merely continues what was previously approved and has vested land use entitlements.

At a Planning Commission meeting initially scheduled for February 28, which was later postponed to April, the conservancy presented its case, backed by hundreds of public comments opposing the development. 

Despite the opposition, county planning and development staff have sided with the resort, stating in a recent report that the appeal lacks merit and falls outside the scope of the current design approval process.

RV park and campground owners can learn from the situation at El Capitan Canyon Resort about the importance of proactive stakeholder engagement and compliance with local regulations. By understanding and integrating the concerns of the community and environmental groups into their development plans, operators can avoid potential disputes and delays.

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WarrenStride
WarrenStride
April 18, 2024 11:16 am

Let’s really get into the nitty-gritty of that upcoming review by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission! It’s all about hearing different sides and making our voices heard. This is our chance to help keep our coastal views intact and our community thriving. Let’s make a difference together!

streetH8er241
streetH8er241
April 18, 2024 2:43 pm
Reply to  WarrenStride

It’s crucial to participate in the community process. We can contribute by staying informed, attending meetings, and sharing our thoughts respectfully. Let’s work together towards a brighter future for our coastal areas and communities.

Quinn Ocean
Quinn Ocean
April 18, 2024 12:46 pm

Isn’t it exciting news for all nature lovers and conservation fans? The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission plans to thoroughly review how the El Capitan Canyon Resort developments could impact the stunning Gaviota Coast. Let’s stay tuned for updates on this crucial review and the decisions made to preserve this beautiful coastal region.

Mia Rain
Mia Rain
April 18, 2024 12:55 pm

Have you thought about how the El Capitan Canyon Resort developments could affect the environment and wildlife? It’s crucial for the Planning Commission to consider these impacts and involve stakeholders in the decision-making process.

KaraZenith
KaraZenith
April 18, 2024 6:18 pm

Isn’t it exciting that the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission is diving into the appeal against the campground developments? It’s all about finding that sweet spot between progress and preserving our beautiful coast. Let’s keep the conversation going and explore eco-friendly solutions for a win-win outcome!

Gemstone97
Gemstone97
April 18, 2024 8:33 pm

How exciting is it that the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission is diving into the review of the campground developments at El Capitan Canyon Resort? We’ve got a real chance here to protect the beautiful Santa Barbara coastline. Let’s all pitch in for a positive outcome!

Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner
April 19, 2024 2:26 am

Considering the concerns from the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, just a heads-up that the new development at El Capitan Canyon might alter Santa Barbara’s scenic beauty. Let’s weigh in before the April 24 hearing, okay?

MitchellCalm
MitchellCalm
April 19, 2024 5:57 am
Reply to  Andrew Turner

Let’s share our opinions before the April 24 hearing. Our input matters. We must preserve Santa Barbara’s natural beauty.

Xena Night
Xena Night
April 19, 2024 8:40 am

Let’s dig into the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission’s upcoming review. It’s vital to weigh how the campground developments could impact our coastal landscape and community vision for Gaviota Coast.

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