Airport Land Use Community Plan
The FAA required the SB Airport to update the Land Use Plan to increase the safety zones around the airport. The proposal created negative economic impact to surrounding commercial zones. The Chamber advocated for changes that protected businesses and the new regulations.
Airport: Additional Air Service
The Airport has added new direct flights to San Diego, Chicago, and brought on Southwest Airlines, and the Chamber played a significant role in assisting in this effort.
City of Goleta Zoning Ordinance Task Force
The Chamber gathered a group of professionals and hired a consultant to study the City of Goleta Draft Zoning Ordinance. The new zoning ordinance is a vital piece of the City’s future and a huge step forward.
For nearly two decades, the Chamber advocated for new commuter rail service on the Pacific Surfliner from Ventura County into southern Santa Barbara County to ease traffic into the area.
Goleta Beach Park Erosion Management Plan
The Chamber worked with the Friends of Goleta Beach Park for more than ten years to protect Goleta Beach Park.
Highway 101 Widening Project
The Chamber advocated for widening Highway 101 between the City of Carpinteria and the City of Santa Barbara to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and match the six-lane highway south of Carpinteria and north of Santa Barbara. The project to expand from four to six lanes is expected to be completed in 2025.
The Chamber advocated for the construction of Hollister Village, providing 293 much-needed workforce housing in Goleta. Seventy percent of tenants living in Hollister Village work on the South Coast.
Old Town Village
The Chamber supported the approval of Old Town Village, a 175-unit mixed-use development in Old Town Goleta.
Paseo Nuevo mall requested a lease extension with the City of Santa Barbara in order to obtain more financing and investment to upgrade the property and infrastructure, a deal supported by the Chamber. The City declined.
Revenue Neutrality Agreement
The Chamber continues to support the renegotiation of the City of Goleta’s Revenue Neutrality Agreement with the County of Santa Barbara, the only agreement in the state which does not have a sunset clause, thereby impacting the City’s revenue in perpetuity.
Strauss Wind Energy Project
The Chamber actively supported developing a 98.14-megawatt wind energy project south of the City of Lompoc. On January 28, 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted that the project could move forward.