Santa Barbara County Recreation Master Plan Could Facilitate Private Projects | Government and politics

Work to develop a Santa Barbara County Recreation Master Plan could be expanded to consider amendments to the overall plan, various community plans, and zoning ordinances to facilitate the development of private and public agency recreation projects. .

The Community Services Department will ask the Board of Supervisors to consider expanding the planning effort to review potential changes when an update on the recreation master plan is delivered at Tuesday’s board meeting.

According to a report from the county’s Community Services Department, changes to county plans and zoning would provide county public agencies with environmental review of projects competitive for grant funding and ready to proceed with construction.

The report says countywide projects are eligible for $254.9 million in grants from Proposition 68, a $4.1 billion bond measure approved in 2018 to pay for parks, environmental projects, water infrastructure and flood protection.

The amendments could also stimulate private projects that would provide benefits to public recreation.

“For example, the [Recreation] The master plan may review recreational uses already permitted in agricultural areas or commercial areas and identify other recreational uses that could be permitted to support increased recreation in those areas,” the report states.

Currently, public works, public service, public utility and oil drilling are uses considered compatible with agriculture, but amendments could add “public and private recreation” to this list.

The process for proposing potential amendments would include researching the types of recreational projects that private owners wish to develop by hosting public workshops.

Privately developed but publicly accessible projects could include trails, parks, sports fields, amphitheatres, campgrounds, RV parks and glamping facilities.

“Glamping” combines the terms “glamorous” and “camping” and refers to tent houses, yurts, geodesic domes, teepees, and even covered wagons that offer luxury amenities and sometimes resort-style services.

Most have wooden floors, decks and electricity and can be furnished with amenities such as fire pits, rugs, chandeliers and track lights, beds, dressers, tables, rocking chairs , lounge chairs, cedar chests and artwork.

If supervisors approve the expansion, they will also be asked to pay an additional $450,000 to cover costs associated with parks, trails and open space money set aside in the 2021-22 budget as use. single source of cannabis revenue.

The staff report says the Department of Planning and Development estimates it could cost up to $270,000 over two years to review and process potential changes.

Costs to the Department of Community Services could be as high as $180,000 to serve as the plaintiff submitting proposed ordinances and to pay for filing requirements and consultants to draft amendments and analyze both those and potential projects by through the program’s environmental impact report.

The PEIR should make it easier for private developers and public agencies to complete environmental assessments for specific projects and begin construction.

Community Services also plans to ask supervisors to allocate an additional $40,000 from equity reserve funds to expand public outreach.

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