Goleta Growth?

A meeting on a proposed Highway Patrol station at 7780 Hollister Avenue takes place on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue, hosted by the California Department of General Services. The project includes a large vehicle inspection station, large above-ground fuel tanks, microwave transmissions from a 148-foot radio tower, an auto maintenance yard, oil and solvents, and hazardous materials.

Concerns exist about siting a major CHP station so near to Ellwood school, Goleta’s sensitive butterfly preserve, an assisted living residence, and two large residential communities. Hazardous fumes and microwave emissions may pose an unacceptable danger and nuisance to humans and other species living and commuting nearby. For more on the seven greatest concerns see

The Draft EIR is located here. Comments on the EIR should be sent no later than December 28, 2015, to Jennifer Parson, Senior Environmental Planner, State of California Department of General Services Real Estate Services Division, Project Management & Development Branch, 707 Third Street, 4th Floor, MS509, West Sacramento, CA 95605; or to

Also, the City of Goleta’s proposed zoning code draft was released before Thanksgiving. It’s expected that Goleta will hold community meetings on the proposed code in early 2016.

The draft can be accessed here. Also available online are a “Numerical Standards Comparison Tables, Existing to Proposed.” Or you can pick up a FREE(!)11 x 17 paper copy at the City of Goleta’s zoning counter.

And you can call (805) 961-7557 to make appointment with the planners on this project.

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