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The county is seeking state economic development funds for a proposed Vandenberg Air Force Base visitors’ center. The county supervisors are asking for $35,000 to analyze the traffic impacts of the proposed California Space Center, which is to include a launch viewing area.

The county officially executed a contract dedicating $24,500 toward construction of the Carpinteria Old Town Trail, leading from downtown to the Carpinteria State Beach campground. A phytoremediation system, in which plants will be used to clean pollution from urban runoff before the water flows into the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, will border the trail along Palm Avenue, along with interpretive signs. The money comes from Coastal Restoration and Enhancement Funds, which in turn come from oil development mitigation fees.

North County supervisors splashed cold water on plans for a brand new bureaucratic device intended to protect the Gaviota coast. If successful, the apparatus would implement Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), a strategy for preserving rural and wild lands by diverting would-be builders into more urban areas. County staff were set to proceed with a proposed ordinance, land-banking framework, and interjurisdictional agreement until Supervisors Joni Gray, Joe Centeno, and Brooks Firestone expressed concern that the project would create more hoops for developers to jump through. Pending a more exhaustive hearing, the supervisors allowed staff to proceed with the TDR study as long as it applies only to the proposed Naples project, whose developer, Matt Osgood, is willing to transfer some development.

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