During the evening session of the September 5th City Council meeting, a report on the Emergency Conditions on the Ellwood Mesa will be presented and your thoughts and comments are encouraged. This report includes information on the project objectives: to protect public health and safety, maximize the potential for prompt restoration of the grove and restore public access to the trails system. The report also identifies project options, proposed methods for removing dead and hazardous trees, environmental protections during the project implementation, and permitting and environmental review. The staff report can be found here. Staff is not asking the City Council to make a determination at this meeting, but to receive the staff report, ask questions, and listen to public comment.
A second meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on September 7th for a special Council meeting. At this meeting, staff will be available to answer questions, additional public input will be heard, and the Council will be asked to decide and direct staff on how to proceed with the project. The staff report for this meeting can be found here.
The project page on our website can be found here: http://www.cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/ellwood-mesa-habitat-project(English) and http://www.cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/parks-open-space/ellwood-mesa-habitat-project-spanish-2487(Spanish). Sign up for email/text alerts regarding projects on the Ellwood Mesa here http://tinyurl.com/ellwoodmesasubscribe.
If you have questions or comments in advance of the meeting, please send them to email@example.com so staff can address them.