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Resident Sues Over Hollister Avenue Development


Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Claiming that the recent approval of a large mixed-use development off of Hollister Avenue near the Camino Real Marketplace would harm the community in myriad ways and was based on a faulty environmental report, Patricia Moreno is suing the City of Goleta in hopes of stopping the Westar project from becoming a reality. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, Moreno alleges that the building of 200-plus residences and a commercial center would “irreparably” damage “aesthetics, air quality, increase traffic, increase noise, increase lighting, increase congestion, and interfere with the neighboring property owners use and enjoyment of their properties.” In response, the city’s attorney Tim Giles explained, “The allegations are very broad. The city looks forward to hearing from the petitioner as to what her specific legal concerns with the approval are and what she believes are the necessary steps to remedy any deficiency.”

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Why is a single individual able to block a project that has al the necessary approvals? CEQA is destroying (economically) the very state it was intended to protect.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I never knew that the number of affected individuals was how the law may or may not be relevant for “aesthetics, air quality, increase traffic, increase noise, increase lighting, increase congestion, and interfere with the neighboring property owners use and enjoyment of their properties.”

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 9:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Its the perfect place for the development, not going to harm anyone except those looking to be harmed. She should be penalized for filing frivolous lawsuits. She's only afraid of change so she'd rather have an ugly litterfilled lot along the road.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's never been a littered filled lot Volok. As a 30 year resident I can tell you that all the development proposed and instituted by UCSB has severly decreased the quality of life and the safety of the residents in this neighborhood. This is just one more insult to injury and I wish Ms Moreno the best of luck in shutting down this ill conceived project. Enough is enough.

What makes you think there is even a market for housing in this area? Next to the railroad tracks and freeway? UCSB forced their way witht the high price of housing argument just before the big 35% correction in prices and now they have hung a bunch of overpriced condos on unsuspecting buyers they were hoping to subsidize. Meanwhile they destroyed a beautiful open space access to the ocean and will soon fill all the space in Goletawith low margin temp residents, students and dishwashers for the SB tourist traps.

Like we needed another freaking hotel in Goleta. Who does this help? Out of town developers who won't be happy till Goleta looks like the San Fernando Valley cesspool.

sa1 (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 3:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Litter filled or not it is not your property. If you want it to be an open space for you to enjoy buy it. Otherwise mind your own business and worry about the property you actualy own.

MSSB (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 4:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

UCSB has improved and enriched the quality of life of this area since at least the 1960s, some people are just too narrowminded to appreciate it.
I support the idea, it's design is the future if you expect to save any wetland space at all. Try seeing the entire forest and not just the tree in your shoe.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 6 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry MSSB but this is my business. I live in this area, do you? I worry about the evacuation routes and the traffic on the local streets if we ever had an emergency like the Painted Cave fire or an earthquake/tsunami.

How about all the traffic backup on the 101 off ramps. Dangerous! There is only one grocery store that is already overfilled with the students. UCSB has in mind to add 15K people already and now they want 180 more residences in the same 1 square mile? It feels like the politicians won't stop till all of Goleta is as Dense as IV!

We saw nothing of the promised mitigations from the Marketplace because they spent all the money on widening the onramp at Glen Annie that they convenietly didn't include in the original approval. Yeah Lineham...we have long memories.

Same goes for Westar and UCSB. What they promise and what they deliver are always two different things. Just ask Caruso...(Notice he just opened a luxury apt building in Bev Hills at the highest rents in LA but cant spend money to clean up the mess at Miramar?)

KV- I do appreciate the contributions of the Uni when it was sized for the available space but just like Oxycotin, too much of a good thing is deadly.

sa1 (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2012 at 9:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What if there's a glacier? Or no room to build another grocery store? God forbid more students!
Downtown IV is far more attractive than old Town Goleta which is has to be one of the ugliest retail centers on the planet. And what does Caruso have to do with this? Nothing.
You're upset about the wrong things.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Westar is too much density for that lot. The project looks and feels like LA / Orange county on paper so far. The size of the units make the development to big in size bulk and scale. Not so sure the City expected units this big when zoning that land for 20 units acre. Last week Westar asked for a development fee reduction thinking this was a "beneficial" project. Thankfully, the City of Goleta said "Hell No!" Seems the City of Goleta needs to better define "beneficial" projects to be non-profits and low to mod work-force housing. Westar even crammed some commercial there too, likely more franchise fast food from Orange County. 100% market rate apartments, no affordable units, this is not student housing, to pay the rents at 2100-2500 per month these will be double income workers, who have to make 80-120K per year.

Dont_mess_with_Goleta (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 1:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't get the double standard of the person filling this lawsuit. The neighboring property owners she speaks of are relatively recent. I remember when that particular development was a nice empty space as well. Now, as you come over the Storke Rd. freeway overpass, one of the first things you see is that hideous development next to the proposed Westar project. A dense bunch of ugly cookie cutter condos. I guess what is ok for Ms. Moreno is not ok for anyone else. If I were Westar, I would counter sue her for any costs associated with delaying the project.

Evan07 (anonymous profile)
October 24, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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