Ellwood Trails and Habitat Restoration Project

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The proposed project includes trail design, engineering and habitat restoration planning for Ellwood Mesa, to improve accessibility, public safety and protect/enhance biological resources.

Purpose and Need

This project proposes to make improvements to 2.1 miles of trails at Ellwood Mesa, including portions of the California Coastal Trail and De Anza National Historic Trail, along with restoring habitats along the trail corridor, blufftop areas and beach access points.

Funding Source

Funding obtained by the Santa Barbara Trails Council from the Coastal Conservancy and Goleta Valley Land Trust in 2012 and from the County of Santa’s Barbara and University of California in 2014 provides a unique opportunity to begin improvements that will help maintain valuable natural resources, improve recreational access, address safety issues and support the long-term sustainability of Ellwood Mesa.

Current Phase

On June 16, 2014 the Planning Commission approved a resolution adopting the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration (Final MND) and the Monitoring, Monitoring, and Reporting Program (MMRP), and approving the Development Plan for the Ellwood Mesa Coastal Trails and Habitat Restoration Project.  The next step for the project will be to go to the California Coastal Commission for approvals.

For information on the Planning Commission hearing, please see the Public Outreach and Hearings section.  The Final MND and MMRP is posted directly below.

Ellwood Trails Final MND and MMRP

Background Materials

Ellwood Trails Map

Trails Project FAQ

Staff Report Seeking CC Authorization for Env. Review (2/5/13)

Coastal Conservancy Grant Agreement (3/29/12)

Ellwood Mesa Coastal Trail Coastal Conservancy Resolution

Ellwood Mesa Coastal Trails and Habitat Restoration Project Request (5/14/12)

Relevant Policy Excerpts from the General Plan

Public Outreach and Hearings

Workshop #1 – September 6, 2012

Workshop Presentation

Station Comments

Post-It Comments

Workshop #2 – December 5, 2012

Workshop Presentation

Scribe Notes

Summary of Public Comments by Topic

Environmental Hearing – April 16, 2014

Project MND Environmental Hearing Presentation

Ellwood MND Notice of Availability

Ellwood Mesa Coastal Trails and Habitat Restoration Project Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

Planning Commission Adoption Hearing – June 16, 2014

For a recording of the hearing, visit here.

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Public Hearing

Planning Commission Staff Report

Planning Commission Presentation

Planning Commission Resolution

Development Plan Permit Findings

Development Plan Conditions of Approval

General Plan/Coastal Land Use Plan Consistency Analysis

Coastal Zoning Ordinance Consistency Analysis



Anne Wells


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