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Community Interests

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

COMMERCIAL RENTAL OF PROPERTY FOR EVENTS REQUIRES A PERMIT
Current Montecito zoning requirements allow residents to host charitable and noncommercial functions at their homes as long as the number of persons present does not exceed 300 persons, the owner or tenant receives no remuneration and no more than three charitable functions are held in a year.  If property is rented for a temporary event, a conditional use permit is required. 

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MONTECITO YMCA PROPOSES MAJOR EXPANSION PROJECT
The Montecito YMCA, located at the corner of Santa Rosa Road and San Ysidro Road has developed plans to remodel and expand their facilities.  The proposal includes a 5,400 square foot two-story addition to the main building, a new child care building of 2,723 square feet, a locker room/natatorium building of 5,300 S.F. and an 11,000 S.F. gymnasium.  The project will require approval of a revised Conditional Use Permit by the County of Santa Barbara.

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ARE TREES IN MONTECITO PROTECTED?
Ask anyone in Montecito “What makes our community special?”  Most will agree that the greenery found throughout the community – lush landscaping and beautiful mature trees - are an essential component of what makes Montecito special.  However, most trees in Montecito are not protected from removal unless the removal is part of a development project or is located within the Coastal Zone of Montecito. 

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON TREE TRIMMING ALONG TRANSMISSION LINES
The Montecito Association received a presentation from representatives of Southern California Edison (SCE) concerning its tree trimming efforts in Montecito.  SCE had been invited to address concerns regarding tree trimming practices and their effect on the health and appearance of street trees.

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