A historic show of environmentalist and developer cooperation hit a snag at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting this week when a vote to officially approve the revised plans for the Bean Blossom mansion on the Gaviota Coast was put on hold until July. The project seemed blessed with unprecedented goodwill when the would-be developer and various environmental interests revised the plans for the house at the request of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. The new plans – which secured preliminary board approval last month – reduced the total floor space to just less than 10,000 square feet, shortened the house to one story instead of two, and redesigned the roof line and foundation site to render the house less visible. But the new plans remain far from finalized and have yet to receive final approval from the landowner, thus spurring the delayed vote.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., May 18, 2006
Updated 12:13 p.m., June 8, 2006
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