Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project

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Reference Numbers:

  • City CEQA Case Number: 16-EIR-01
  • City Case Number: 14-118-DP-CDP

Project Location:

The Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project (Project) would be located in the City of Goleta (City) at the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park (Rancho Estates), 7465 Hollister Avenue (APN 079-210-058), and on undeveloped City-owned land located between the south end of Coronado Drive and Rancho Estates just north of Devereux Creek (APN 079-442-023). A paved hammerhead turnaround containing a water faucet and hose is located at the south end of Rancho Estates, adjacent to undeveloped land and Devereux Creek which has been historically used as a car wash area for residents. The entrance to Rancho Estates is via Hollister Avenue, and the emergency access road site can be accessed via Coronado Drive or Rancho Estates. The surrounding land uses include single family residential homes located north of the emergency access road and west of Rancho Estates, medium to high-density residential development east of the mobile home park, and protected open space used for passive recreational activities located immediately south, east, and west of the emergency access road and south of Rancho Estates.

Project Description:

The proposed Project is to allow for improved fire safety and compliance within Rancho Estates and consists of the following elements:

  • Replacement of two existing fire hydrants at the mobile home park served by a fire line stub off of Sea Gull Drive.
  • Installation of a new fire hydrant near the pool, and another new fire hydrant near the hammerhead turnaround area for the Santa Barbara County Fire District (Fire Department) at the south end of the mobile home park.
  • Repaving of an area in the southeast corner of the mobile home park to function as a hammerhead turnaround for the Fire Department; this was completed in late 2014, but is analyzed as part of this EIR because the environmental impacts from repaving and use of the car wash area located in this turnaround were not previously analyzed, and no permits were issued for these activities.
  • Bring existing unpermitted resident car wash into compliance with applicable local regulations.
  • Installation of a 575-foot-long, 8-inch-diameter fire line along the north side of Devereux Creek to the new fire hydrant at the hammerhead turnaround area on the south end of the mobile home park site.
  • Construct a 20-foot-wide all-weather emergency access road along the north side of Devereux Creek from the south terminus of Coronado Drive to the hammerhead turnaround, along with a retaining wall north of the road that will have a maximum height of 3 feet.
  • Construction of a 270-foot-long, 3-foot-high retaining wall north of the emergency access road, 10 feet from the property line of the private residences. The wall would be constructed of Allan Block and backfilled with soil, sloping upward toward the residences.
  • Retaining the pipe gates on the west end of the emergency access road, near Coronado Drive, and on the east end near the hammerhead turnaround, so that vehicular access would be limited to use by the Fire Department during emergencies. Access also would continue to be available to the Goleta West Sanitary District and Santa Barbara County Flood Control District in accordance with the terms of their existing easements for ingress and egress and for maintenance and flood control and drainage purposes, respectively. Additionally, the area would continue to be accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Public Review Period:

The City has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project (Project). Further, the City invites comments on the adequacy and completeness of the environmental analysis and mitigation measures described in the Draft EIR from October 7, 2016 through November 21, 2016.

Upcoming Hearing Date:

The Environmental Hearing Officer will take comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIR on Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm.  The hearing will be held in the Goleta City Council Chambers located at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117.

Contact Person:

Comments on the Draft EIR and questions regarding the project and/or review process can be directed to: Joe Pearson II, Associate Planner; 805-961-7573; Jpearson@cityofgoleta.org.

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