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Two Upcoming Goleta City Council Meetings - January 16 & 21, 2020

Post Date:01/10/2020 1:23 PM

The year is off to a busy start in Goleta.  Please mark your calendars for two upcoming City Council meetings in City Hall Council Chambers (130 Cremona Drive, Suite B). In order to fit in all of the agenda items, there will be a Special City Council meeting on Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m., in addition to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m. 

The three items on the agenda for the Special City Council meeting on January 16 are below. The complete agenda is available here.

  • Council will consider approving a Professional Services Agreement for the development of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Thresholds with GHD Inc. The City must implement California State Senate Bill 743 which changes the focus of transportation impact analysis in the CEQA from measuring impacts to drivers to measuring the impact of driving as the environmental impact. This will affect all projects that require CEQA analysis beginning July 1, 2020. CEQA requires disclosure to the public of significant environmental effects of proposed discretionary projects through  the preparation of an Initial Study (IS) which leads to preparation of a Negative Declaration (ND),  Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), or Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
  • City Council will be reviewing and providing direction or approval on Goleta’s first Parks, Facilities and Playground Draft Master Plan. The Master Plan will help guide the City’s future park related improvements and development. It is the result of a collaborative work effort that began in February of 2018 and includes comments from public participation in meetings and surveys, an inventory of existing facilities, and projections and recommendations for the future. 
  • Council will consider a Resolution to Provide No Parking Zones on Kellogg Avenue at Surfrider Way, and on Glen Annie Road at SCE Vault.
    • The intersection of Kellogg Avenue and Surfrider Way was recently constructed and currently does not have parking restrictions. Because vehicles park on Kellogg Avenue directly adjacent to the intersection, the minimum required sight distance from Surfrider Way to vehicles traveling on Kellogg Avenue is blocked by the parked vehicles. The City is proposing a No Parking zone extending north and south from Surfrider Way to provide adequate sight distance.
    • Southern California Edison (SCE) maintains an electrical equipment vault located on Glen Annie Road north of Village Way, adjacent to the east (northbound) curb. Vehicles frequently park on the vault, which restricts access to the vault be SCE staff. The vault contains a switch that is crucial during emergencies and is used to minimize outages and/or divert load so that residents and businesses are not without power. SCE is requesting a 5-foot No Parking zone at the vault to provide unrestricted access for equipment maintenance and emergency access.

The January 21, 2020, City Council meeting is being finalized and the complete packet will be released on January 16. There will be three public hearings, which have been released early to give the public more time to review:

  • New Zoning Ordinance: At a continued public hearing, City Council will consider adoption of the New Zoning Ordinance (NZO). The NZO will replace the City’s existing zoning regulations in their entirety. The proposed NZO provides rules and regulations for land use and development on private property. The purpose of the New Zoning Ordinance is to implement the General Plan, and to protect and promote the public health, safety, peace, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare. More information about the project can be found at www.GoletaZoning.com.
  • Streamside Protection Areas: The City Council will consider initiating the processing of a General Plan Amendment to Conservation Element subpolicy CE 2.2: Streamside Protection Areas. CE 2.2 establishes a streamside protection area (SPA) buffer along both sides of City creeks. The policy currently prescribes the size of the buffer around creeks where most development is prohibited, 100 feet, and identifies under what situations a reduction in the buffer may be allowed. The initiation would provide staff instruction to begin processing amendments to CE 2.2. 

  • Accessory Dwelling Units: In 2019, the Governor signed into law three new bills related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) that took effect January 1, 2020. Due to the changes in state law, the City must repeal the existing ADU regulations and replace those regulations with a new set of ADU and Junior ADU standards that will fully comply with the new ADU Laws. Changes to the City’s ADU regulations include, but are not limited to, allowances for Junior ADUs, allowances for ADUs in multi-unit dwellings, decreased permitting and planning review, removal of an owner-occupancy requirement, and removal of a requirement for replacement parking when a garage is converted into an ADU.

We hope you will join us in person at City Hall for the January 16 and 21 City Council meetings. If you can’t make it, you can also watch the meetings live from wherever you are, either on Channel 19 or on our website at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings. Sign up here to receive an agenda sent to you via email or text.

2019 City Council Group Photo

Goleta City Council Photo:
Sitting down left to right: Councilmember Roger Aceves, Mayor Paula Perotte
Standing left to right: Councilmember Stuart Kasdin, Councilmember James Kyriaco, Mayor Pro Tempore Kyle Richards