Issues

What are some of the problems and issues with the proposed Shelby project?

The proposed development requires the rezoning of the Shelby parcel from agricultural to residential uses.

  • This violates the provisions of the Goleta General Plan, which aims to protect agricultural lands and open space.
  • This also violates the spirit of Measure G, which does not allow conversions from agricultural to residential use without a vote of Goleta’s citizens. Measure G was passed by 71% of Goleta’s voters in 2012, but the application for the Shelby development was deemed complete in 2011 before Measure G passed.

The proposed Shelby development lacks sufficient water.

  • The project requires 25.2 acre feet of water per year (AFY), but only 19.3 AFY is currently allocated to this parcel, grandfathered in from its agricultural days.
  • The Goleta Water District, which provides water to this parcel, has a moratorium on new water allocations during the current 5 -year drought. Thousands of Goletans have made sacrifices to meet water conservation goals.
  • A project must have sufficient water at the time of approval, as per the Goleta General Plan and state law.

The proposed Shelby development lies above the historically-recognized urban limit line, protruding into foothill areas, encouraging sprawl, and inducing growth.

  • Cathedral Oaks Road was viewed historically as the urban limit line in Goleta, as indicated in reports by the staff of the Local Agency Formation Commission (2001) and the City of Goleta (2008).
  • The proposed Shelby development will extend housing and community services to an outlying area, foster traffic congestion and air pollution, and affect scenic views.
  • The proposed Shelby development can foster further development in Goleta’s foothill areas.
  • The proposed Shelby development would further affect Goleta’s ambience and environmental amenities, by converting open space and agricultural lands to dense, luxury, multi-story housing. Besides occurring in an outlying area of Goleta, the developer proposes to reduce lot widths from the 65 foot minimum stipulated in the Goleta General Plan to 60 feet.

The proposed Shelby project does nothing to help Goleta meet its housing needs.

  • Despite a need for work force housing in Goleta, the proposed development provides NO affordable housing.
  • Because Goleta’s current housing development and plans exceed state-mandated housing targets, this project is not needed.

The proposed Shelby project will have numerous impacts on the environment.

  • The proposed Shelby project will intrude into environmentally sensitive habitats and their protection zones (such as streamside protection areas), with effects on stream water quality and native plants and animals.
  • The Shelby project will affect sensitive species, such as the Santa Barbara honeysuckle and various raptors (hawks, kites).
  • The Shelby project will disrupt wildlife migration corridors by introducing light, noise, and pets to this area and by destroying vegetation.