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    Notice of Intent to Adopt an Initial Study/Negative Declaration for the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans

    Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, acting in its role as the Airport Land Use Commission for Santa Barbara County, has prepared this notice of intent to adopt a Negative Declaration and supporting Initial Study for the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans (ALUCPs) for Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Maria Airport, Lompoc Airport, Santa Ynez Airport, and Vandenberg Space Force Base. The ALUCPs were prepared in compliance with the State Aeronautics Act (Pub. Util. Code § 21670 et seq.) and are planning documents intended to promote land use compatibility between the Airports and the surrounding environment. This is accomplished through regulation of future development of residential and non-residential land uses within each Airport’s Airport Influence Area.

    The ALUCPs examine land use within Airport Influence Areas for five airports in Santa Barbara County. The Negative Declaration and supporting Initial Study conclude that there is no substantial evidence in the record that this project may have direct, indirect, or cumulative effects on the environment that may be significant or any adverse effects that fall within the “Mandatory Findings of Significance” contained in §15065 of the State California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines.

    The Initial Study/Negative Declaration may be obtained, and all corresponding documents may be reviewed at SBCAG offices located at 260 North San Antonio Road, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110. They are also available online at http://www.sbcag.org/airport-land-use-commission

    The public has several options between Oct. 27 and Dec. 2, 2022, to provide comments related to the notice of intent to adopt a Negative Declaration and supporting Initial Study for the ALUCPs in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

    • North County ALUCPs Virtual Public Meeting: Noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. via Zoom Webinar ID: 899 7874 3216; Passcode: 288521; OR Telephone: (669) 900-9128.
    • Santa Barbara Airport ALUCP Virtual Public Meeting: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Zoom Webinar ID: 899 7874 3216; Passcode: 288521; OR Telephone: (669) 900-9128.
    • Airport Land Use Commission Public Hearing: Thursday, Dec. 17, during the regularly scheduled Santa Barbara County Association of Governments meeting. An agenda will be available online within 48 hours of the public hearing at www.sbcag.org

    SBCAG is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for these meetings. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodation requests should be made 48 hours in advance of a meeting to SBCAG at (805) 961-8900 or info@sbcag.org.

    Those unable to attend the public meetings may also submit written comments by 5 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2022, via U.S. Postal Service or email. Please submit comments to Andrew Orfila, Principal Transportation Planner, at 260 North San Antonio Road, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110, or by email at comment@sbcag.org. Verbal comments will also be accepted by the deadline via telephone at (805) 961-8900.

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