Fire Station in Western Goleta

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Fire Station 10 Fire Station 10 preliminary design from Nov. 2016


The project consists of the design and construction of a new fire station, approximately 11,600 square feet in size, with associated landscaping and appurtenant facilities on a City-owned parcel located at7952 Hollister Avenue. The site is adjacent to the new Cathedral Oaks Interchange and across the street from Sandpiper Golf Course. It is anticipated that the new fire station will be a three-bay, single-story building. Site improvements are expected to include an emergency generator and an above-ground fueling facility. Significant site grading is anticipated and frontage improvements will be required.

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Purpose and Need

It has long been documented that fire service in Western Goleta does not meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines for emergency response time and population to firefighter ratio. A new fire station is needed in Western Goleta to provide adequate fire protection services.

Funding Sources

Funding for this project is Fire Facility Development Impact Fees and other developer mitigation fees.

Current Phase

In January 2016, Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc. was awarded the contract to design the new fire station; and a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Goleta and the County of Santa Barbara was adopted for design, development and operation of the future station by County Fire. Since that time, a number of activities have taken place, include site surveying, geotechnical drilling and analysis, environmental studies, and preliminary design work.

March 16, 2017 Workshop Presentation 

November 17, 2016 Workshop Materials: Project Overview and Existing Slope Information

The current General Plan land use designation for the subject site, Visitor Commercial (C-V), does not allow for the envisioned use of a fire station. The City Council held a public hearing on May 2, 2017 to initiate a General Plan amendment to change the land use designation for the site from C-V to Public and Quasi-Public (P-QP). Planning Commission and City Council will consider the General Plan amendment at future hearings. The notice for the public hearing can be downloaded below:

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Claudia Dato

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