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.

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