County Approves Carp Greenhouse Project

The supervisors voted 3-2 to approve the Van Wingerden Greenhouses project next to 3883 Foothill Road in Carpinteria. The Van Wingerdens requested to keep all 386,600 square feet of their flower greenhouses, but asked the board to amend zoning rules and remove the property’s view corridor designation, which would have limited the square footage to 148,703. Because part of the greenhouses was previously constructed without permits, the family will have to pay a fine. Concerns were raised about the greenhouses’ contribution to light pollution, but blackout screens will be required.

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