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June 2016

The Towbes Group has requested approval of the Heritage Ridge 360 Rental Unit Apartment Project (Case NO. 14-049-GPA-VTM-DP).  The project description and location are provided below.  The City has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the Heritage Ridge Residential 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 June 15, 2016 through August 1, 2016. 

Project Description:

The Project components include the following:

  1. A General Plan Amendment (14-049-GPA) to remove a designation of Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA) on the Open Space Map (Figure 3-5 in the Open Space Element of the General Plan/Coastal Land Use Plan) and on the Special Status Species and Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas Map (Figure 4-1 in the Conservation Element of the General Plan/Coastal Land Use Plan).
  2. A Vesting Tentative Map (14-049-VTM) to allow the subdivision of the existing 17.36 gross acre (16.2 net acres) project site from 13 lots to 3 lots (1 lot for the senior housing complex, 1 lot for the workforce housing, and 1 lot for the publicly accessible park). The subdivision map would also abandon two unused roads (Via Maya and Via Luisa).
  3. A Development Plan (14-049-DP) pursuant to GMC § 35-317 to allow construction of 360 rental units with associated recreational facilities.  The rental units would be broken into two “neighborhoods” as follows: 132 rental apartments for seniors aged 62 years and older with separate recreational facilities including a swimming pool; and 228 workforce rental units (intended to be occupied by households whose head is in the workforce) with separate recreational facilities including a swimming pool.

Also proposed are: 1) a two-acre neighborhood park open to the public located in the center of the site; and 2) three above-ground bio-retention basins which includes a 15,000 square foot bio-retention basin in the southeast portion of the site.  The site would be served by three access points onto Camino Vista. Preliminary raw earthwork volumes are estimated at 178,000 cubic yards of cut and 15,500 cubic yards of fill and 115,000 cubic yards of export.

The Development Plan also includes a three (3) percent density bonus associated with the senior units and a modification to reduce the number of parking spaces.  The modification requests that the project be allowed to provide 152 parking spaces for senior apartments where 183 spaces are required and be allowed to provide 345 parking spaces for the workforce housing where 367 parking spaces are required. 


The property affected by the project is situated on unaddressed parcels located on the north side of Camino Vista between Aero Camino and Calle Koral Roads in the City of Goleta, Santa Barbara County (APNs 073-060-031 through -043). Access to the Heritage Ridge site is from Camino Vista Road.  The 17.36 gross acre (16.2 net acres) Heritage Ridge site is bounded on its north by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks, on the east by industrial buildings on Aero Camino Road, on its south by Camino Vista Road and Willow Springs II Apartments, and on its west by S. Los Carneros Road/Overpass. 

Upcoming Hearings:

The Environmental Hearing Officer will take comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIR on Wednesday, July 20, 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. 

Staff Contact:

Comments on the Draft EIR and questions regarding the project and/or review process can be directed to Mary Chang, Supervising Senior Planner, at or to Stephanie Diaz, Contract Planner, at  Ms. Chang and Ms. Diaz can be reached at 805-961-7543. 


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