Montecito Rules

Threatened on one side by a precedent-setting lawsuit and pressure from the Montecito Association on the other, Santa Barbara County supervisors voted 3-2 to reject an appeal by a property owner who sought to subdivide his land for development. Jack Maxwell hoped to buck the one-home-per-two-acres rule for his area by referring to deeds and maps that predated the 1992 Montecito Association’s zoning map, whose authority he challenged. Maxwell also wanted to shirk requirements that he retain certain garden features designated by the association as possessing historical value, including a bench and a pergola. Supervisors voted to back the Association in deference to a parade of Montecitans who urged the supervisors to defend their right to set community land-use standards.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Self in Bathroom

A man barricaded in the bathroom of a Goleta business apparently killed himself after robbing a bank ...

News-Press’ Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006.

Fire Starts Just West of Buellton

[Update] Vegetation fire starts on the 1000 block of Highway 246; Bobcat Springs on evacuation warning.

UCSB Enrollment Up

Admission jumps 10 percent though housing concerns remain.

Banned in Santa Barbara

City Council says no more plastic straws or Styrofoam.