The proposed project includes trail design, engineering and habitat restoration planning for Ellwood Mesa, to improve accessibility, public safety and protect/enhance biological resources.
Purpose and Need
This project proposes to make improvements to 2.1 miles of trails at Ellwood Mesa, including portions of the California Coastal Trail and De Anza National Historic Trail, along with restoring habitats along the trail corridor, blufftop areas and beach access points.
Funding obtained by the Santa Barbara Trails Council from the Coastal Conservancy and Goleta Valley Land Trust in 2012 and from the County of Santa’s Barbara and University of California in 2014 provides a unique opportunity to begin improvements that will help maintain valuable natural resources, improve recreational access, address safety issues and support the long-term sustainability of Ellwood Mesa.
On June 16, 2014 the Planning Commission approved a resolution adopting the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration (Final MND) and the Monitoring, Monitoring, and Reporting Program (MMRP), and approving the Development Plan for the Ellwood Mesa Coastal Trails and Habitat Restoration Project. The next step for the project will be to go to the California Coastal Commission for approvals.
For information on the Planning Commission hearing, please see the Public Outreach and Hearings section. The Final MND and MMRP is posted directly below.
Public Outreach and Hearings
Workshop #1 – September 6, 2012
Workshop #2 – December 5, 2012
Environmental Hearing – April 16, 2014
Planning Commission Adoption Hearing – June 16, 2014
For a recording of the hearing, visit here.