Santa Barbara County Supervisors Set To Decide Fate Of Controversial Development Proposal

Aug 28, 2017

A long running controversy over a proposal to subdivide some agland on the Central coast to set the stage for some ranch homes on the property could be settled this week.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are set to consider the plan to split the nearly 4,000 acres of property northeast of Los Alamos into 13 lots. The Rancho La Laguna proposal calls for the land to be split into parcels ranging from 160 to 600 acres.

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission denied the project on a 3-2 vote, with concern largely focused on how the homes would fit with the agricultural zoning for the area. The developers appealed the division to County Supervisors, contending that the large lot size would make the project compatible with the ag zoning. Supervisors will hear the appeal Tuesday, when they meet in Santa Maria.