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:

The City recently contracted with Dudek, Inc. for environmental services for Fire Station 10, including preparation of a focused environmental impact report (EIR).  The City of Goleta is providing a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the Fire Station 10 Project. The Environmental Hearing Officer will conduct a scoping meeting on the date set forth below for the Fire Station 10 Project proposed by the City of Goleta:

 MEETING DATE AND TIME:     Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at 5:30 PM

 PLACE:                                                      Goleta City Hall, Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California 93117

 All interested parties are encouraged to attend the Scoping Meeting and to present written and/or oral comments.

NOTICE OF PREPARATION PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The 30-day public comment period begins on August 8, 2017, and ends on September 7, 2017. All letters should be addressed to City of Goleta, Attn: Claudia Dato, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117 or emailed to All comments must be received no later than September 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM or submitted at the Public Scoping Meeting. Please limit comments to environmental issues. Link to the full NOP is below:

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Claudia Dato

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