We hope you will join us for Goleta’s City Council meeting this Tuesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. (closed session begins at 4:30 p.m.). We encourage you to join us in City Council Chambers, watch live, and/or participate via Zoom. Items on the agenda include:
- Council will hold a public hearing on the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approval of the Heritage Ridge 332-unit residential apartment project. Heritage Ridge will be the third and final phase of the adjacent Willow Springs Residential development and will be located on the north side of Camino Vista Drive. In March 2020, Redtail Multifamily Land Development, LLC (“Redtail”) took over the Project from the Towbes Group. The Project will provide 102 affordable rental units for both seniors and families voluntarily (with two manager units for a total of 104 units) and 228 market-rate rental units. These units will also contribute to an increase in local housing stock for which there is a need. This Project will complete the Central Hollister Corridor housing plan outlined in General Plan Land Use Policy LU 8 and will provide affordable and market-rate housing in keeping with both the Land Use and Housing Element policies. The recently adopted Housing Element 6th Cycle Update also included the location as a site suitable for residential development. The staff report can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/mut2uhwf.
- City Council will conduct a public hearing on the needs, goals, and funding priorities for the 2023-2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The City receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its CDBG Program, which focuses on funding public services that assist low- to moderate-income people. This public hearing is an opportunity for the public and Council to discuss potential projects that should receive CDBG grant funding for FY 23/24. Read the staff report here: https://tinyurl.com/4jv8jcf8.
- Council will receive a report and presentation from the Goleta Valley Library titled “From COVID to Recovery.” This report will review the Goleta Valley Library’s successes during, and in the aftermath, of the COVID-19 pandemic, community support that the library has received, and future challenges posed by the Black Gold Cooperative Library System changes, anemic regional funding for libraries, the Isla Vista Book Van, and the aging facility and its maintenance needs. The staff report is available here: https://tinyurl.com/msmfsssu.
- City Council will recognize March 7 – 14, 2023, as City of Goleta Arbor Week. National Arbor Week began in 1872 and is a special week for the planting of trees. Trees are not only good for the environment, but they also beautify our community and bring joy and spiritual renewal. All residents are urged to celebrate Arbor Week by planting and maintaining trees to promote the well-being of this and future generations. View the proclamation here: https://tinyurl.com/4sn2c3s2.