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Fuel Depot Gas Station and Convenience Store

180 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta

Case No. 15-063-DP

September 2016

Harwood White and BBP Architecture on behalf of Fairview Auto Lube, LP, have requested approval of the Fuel Depot Gas Station and Convenience Store New Development Plan (Fuel Depot Project).  The project description and location are provided below.  The City has completed a Final Mitigated Negative Declaration (Final MND) for the Fuel Depot Project. 

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (Draft MND) was circulated for a 30 day public review period.  The public review period began on July 22, 2016 and concluded on August 22, 2016.  Three comment letters/emails were received on the Draft MND and are provided as Appendix C to the Final MND. Two of the written comments provided clarifications/minor corrections to the information within the Draft MND and one letter raised a design issue. None of the comments introduce significant new information or change the conclusions of the IS-MND. Where changes have been made to the document in response to the comments provided and/or corrections by staff, these are indicated in strikeout/underline format. 

Project Description:

The project requests approval of a Development Plan (DP) for the demolition of an existing on-site building (1,619 sq. ft.) and the construction of a new one-story, 2,396-square foot convenience store (net increase of 777 sq. ft.) and associated gas station.  The existing fuel pumps and canopy would remain in their current and previously approved configurations within the front yard setback area.  The convenience store is proposed to be open 24 hours per day and the site would be staffed with four full time equivalent personnel. 

As part of the DP, it is proposed that two off- site parking spaces located at 52 N. Fairview Avenue (located within 500 feet of the site) would be counted towards the parking requirements. In addition, modifications (MOD) to setbacks are proposed as follows:

  1. the placement of two parking spaces adjacent to fuel pumps within the front setback along Fairview Avenue,
  2. the placement of one new ADA parking space within the secondary front yard setback adjacent to Encina Road,
  3. the placement of a new trash/recycling enclosure encroaching into the secondary front yard setback along Encina Road,
  4. an increase in building/structure lot coverage from 30-percent to 35-percent, and
  5. the use of the eight (8) existing fueling stations as eight (8) of the twelve (12) parking spaces required pursuant to the Inland Zoning Ordinance (Goleta Municipal Code (GMC) § 35-317.8).

Location: 

The project is located at 180 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta (the southeast corner of Fairview Avenue and Encina Road; APN: 069-110-054).  The subject property is 0.29 acres in size with a General Plan land use designation of Intersection Commercial (C-I) and is zoned Shopping Center (SC). 

Public Hearing:

The Planning Commission will consider the adequacy of the Final MND and the merits of the project on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers located at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA.

Staff Contact:

Comments on the Draft MND and questions regarding the project and/or review process can be directed to Darryl Mimick, Associate Planner at dmimick@cityofgoleta.org or Kathy Allen, Supervising Senior Planner at kallen@cityofgoleta.org.  Mr. Mimick and Ms. Allen may be reached at 805-961-7543. 

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