In order to reduce the county’s involvement in its problem-plagued subsidized home ownership program, the Board of Supervisors agreed on 2/27 to purchase four condominiums and rent them to low-income families instead of continuing to seek eligible buyers for them. All the other affordable units at the Providence Landing housing development in Lompoc are already sold. Last week, county administrative staff recommended that the county get out of the affordable homeownership program to the extent possible under state law.
When the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s expansion plans came before the South County’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) on 2/23, architect Doug Singletary presented blueprints for 22 new buildings that would almost double the square footage of garden structures. The BAR must now visit the site to view story poles indicating the location and heights of the new structures, including additional staff housing and maintenance buildings, a new library, classrooms, and lab space. Neighbors – including members of the Mission Canyon Association and veteran environmental attorney Marc Chytilo – expressed concerns about night lighting and appropriate fencing.