Noleta Knocking

NOLETA KNOCKING: The City of Santa Barbara moved one small step closer to absorbing the eastern Goleta Valley – or Noleta – on Thursday afternoon, when the Planning Commission unanimously supported expanding the city’s “sphere of influence” to include the unincorporated region between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, beginning at Mission Canyon Road. The Committee for One has an application pending before the Local Agency Formation Commission to expand the sphere, preliminary to annexation. The commission also recommended that city ordinances be changed to allow Noleta residents to sit on Santa Barbara city commissions and boards; according to their public testimony, they already do. All of the eastern Goleta residents who spoke at the hearing said they wanted to be absorbed by Santa Barbara, a move that would increase the city’s population by about 30,000.

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